Dockside at ground-level (The Wet Dock)
Having looked at the lettered dockside elements at ground level on
it made sense to
continue round Albion Wharf and include dockside furniture on the
northern quays. (See
our Wet Dock map if you're confused.)
Past DanceEast stands the desolate, unroofed collonade
whose columns have weathered to reveal the previous layers of of paint.
Abandoned since the Irish banks which funded the Waterfront
Regeneration went bust in 2008, Ipswichians wait to see what will
happen to their half-finished Wet Dock.
Above: the first steel ringis
unused for mooring at this point.
Further down is a plain cast bollard sitting on a double
row of stone setts. From
here is a range of mooring-rings held by staples set into the stonework
of the quay. All of the images on this page combine to make a gallery
conveying the beauty of decay and a tinge of wistfulness for times when
the Wet Dock was a hive of industry (literally), albeit probably
infused with smoke, smells, noise and poorly-paid labour.
Most are in regular use to secure the barges and floating
restaurant which are moored in front of the Custom House.
Further around Neptune Quay and into the car park which
in 2013 stands adjacent to Orwell Quay and we find surviving ground
level evidence of Ransome's Orwell Works.
The Question Mark
Burton Son & Sanders / Paul's
Ground-level dockside furniture
John Good and Sons
New Cut East
R&W Paul malting
A chance to
Wet Dock 1970s with 2004
Wet Dock maps
illustration of the laying of the Wet Dock lock foundation stone,
the Wet Dock
Maritime Ipswich '82 festival
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