Days Gone By: How college came into being after homes were demolished in 1930s
For close to 60 years college buildings have stood on a site off Grimwade Street, Ipswich.
In the 1930s an area of housing around Rope Walk and Grimwade Street was demolished. Many of the residents had been moved to new council housing built on the town’s outskirts.
The site stood as open land until after the Second World War.
In the 1950s plans were made to build the Civic College on much of the site.
The college was formally opened on July 21, 1961, by the Queen and since then thousands of students have passed through. It became the Suffolk College from 1977 and University College Suffolk from 1996.
Much of the site was demolished around 2008 and the Suffolk New College buildings are now on the site. The main hall at the original site was used for many events including exhibitions, competitions and dances.
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