Days Gone By: Memories of life at busy town junction
A mixture of homes, schools and businesses make the busy area of Ipswich around the junction of Woodbridge Road, Rushmere Road and Cauldwell Hall Road.
The red brick St John’s Church in Cauldwell Hall Road was built at the end of the 19th century, replacing the much smaller building next door built in 1857, which was demolished in 2001.
The area around the junction had two public houses until the John Bull on Woodbridge Road closed in 2011 and the Golden Key, at the corner of Woodbridge Road and Cauldwell Hall Road, closed in January 2013 and was converted to a Sainsbury’s store.
Hundreds of children from the area attend Sidegate Primary School in Sidegate Lane. St John’s Church of England School is in Victory Road.
The Rushmere Housing Estate, Ipswich, featured in Days Gone By recently.
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I was surprised and pleased to see the picture of two darts players at the Selkirk Public House. I am on the left (known by all as Buster) and the other player is my younger brother Martyn Markwell. The Selkirk was one of the main hubs on the Rushmere Estate at the time. We were one of many big families that lived on the estate. We were all sports mad, playing football, cricket and golf, mainly on the squares of grass, sometimes with 25-a-side in the football! The Selkirk had a good football team for many years playing in the Licensed Trade League on Sundays. The row of shops at Selkirk Road sold everything our families needed, and it was a close strong community.
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Do you have memories of the area? Write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or e-mail