Perhaps inevitably, this lettering example was
noticed to have disappeared by late 2005. Presumably this was all part
of the radical Waterfront
which was responsible for the removal of massive
unsightly old concrete structures and their replacement with massive
unsightly new concrete structures (cynics!). Or its disappearance might
have been due to metal thieves...
These 2014 images of the curving wall, still undoubtedly Bridge Street – why did they remove the street nameplate? – show the site of the sign. Above right: the rusted remnants of the lower brackets still project from the brickwork. In the left photograph, the gable of 4 College Street can be seen, so this wall occupies part of the space where number 2 College Street must have stood. See our College Street page for an 1890s view.
[UPDATE August, 2010:
The old, burnt-out St Peter's Maltings behind this sign has now been
[UPDATE May 2011: '... the metal plates with a V in them are not fire marks or fire plates; they indicate the position of valves on the water mains and are of late nineteenth or twentieth century date. The fire marks issued by insurance companies were much earlier, and were generally more ornate.' We're grateful for this correction by Bob Malster (See Reading List). Indeed there are some fine examples of the fire plates on the building frontages opposite the Ancient House and elsewhere in Buttermarket.]
Other water valve markers can bee seen collected at 170 Foxhall Road (see our Rosehill house names page), in the yard of the Sun Inn and at Ivry Street (see our Street furniture page).
Scroll down for a 2021 street sign on the south
section of Bridge Street.
The above photographs show a modern street sign configuration using plastic uprights and horizontal onto which the dtreet nameplate is fixed. The additional lozenge to the left carries a colour depiction of the Borough coat of arms with 'BOROUGH of IPSWICH' beneath it in sans serif capitals, the 'of' in tasteful italics. The street name capitals carry serifs with a maked 'kick', easily seen in the top bar of the 'T'. Stylish, but clearly read by passers-by, one hopes that the sun won't bleach this sign – particularly the coat of arms which often appears as a blank square frame in longer standing examples. The convenience shop in the photograph (above left) was built onto the end of Stoke Bridge Maltings; at extreme left, the curving part of Stoke Bridge can be seen.
The importance of Bridge Street is indicated in Keith Wade's paper: A history of archaeology in Ipswich and of its Anglo-Saxon origins (see 'Special subject areas' on our Links page.):-
'At this [Middle Saxon] period, there was also much activity along the north bank of the River Orwell. A long sequence of timber waterfront revetments, from the 7th century onwards, were found in excavations at Bridge Street in 1981. The Middle Saxon waterfronts, of simple post and wattle hurdle construction, were little more than a bank protection, providing dry land on which to embark from the shallow draft boats of the period, such as that found at Utrecht. More complex timber structures were found more recently during excavations at the Cranfields Mill site, east of Bridge Street. '
timeline gives much more information about the origins of Ipswich.
See our Stoke Hall page for early maps showing Stoke Bridge and Bridge Street.
The Question Mark
Burton Son & Sanders / Paul's
Cranfield's Flour Mill
Trinity House buoy
Edward Fison Ltd
Ground-level dockside furniture on: 'The island', the northern quays and Ransome's Orwell Works
Ipswich Whaling Station?
Neptune Inn clock, garden and interior
Isaac Lord 2
John Good and Sons
Merchant seamen's memorial
Nova Scotia House
New Cut East
Steam Packet Hotel
Waterfront Regeneration Scheme
A chance to compare Wet Dock 1970s with 2004
Wet Dock maps
Davy's illustration of the laying of the Wet Dock lock foundation stone, 1839
Outside the Wet Dock
Maritime Ipswich '82 festival
Trinity House Buoy
R. & W. Paul maltings
Stoke Bridge Maltings
and in Over Stoke: The Old Bell and The People's Hall.