Days Gone By: The changing face of Cliff Lane
Cliff Lane, Ipswich, was just a track leading from Nacton Road to Holywells Road with Holywells Park on one side and farmland on the other, writes David Kindred.
In the 1930s housing was built in the lane and on the farmland. The area became the Rivers Estate with the streets named after British rivers.
A shop, a public house, the Margaret Catchpole, and a school, were built in Cliff Lane to serve the new development.
The close proximity to the dock saw the estate hit by bombs during Second World War air raids.
On July 3, 1940, a line of bombs landed in Holywells Park, Cliff Lane, Severn Road and Wye Road and then on to Clapgate Lane and Avondale Road.
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One woman was killed. More bombs fell on November 10, 1940, hitting Severn Road.
June 2, 1942, saw incendiary bombs fall on the estate and on August 11, 1942, bombs landed in Derwent Road, Wroxham Road and Mersey Road.
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Do you have memories of the Rivers Estate, Ipswich?
Write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or send him an email.