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Days Gone By: How college came into being after homes were demolished in 1930s

PUBLISHED: 14:33 30 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:33 30 March 2018


The college site from over Fore Street in 1992. Most of the buildings have since been replaced. Picture: OWEN HINES

The college site from over Fore Street in 1992. Most of the buildings have since been replaced. Picture: OWEN HINES

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For close to 60 years college buildings have stood on a site off Grimwade Street, Ipswich.

The Civic College, Ipswich, under construction in April 1959. This picture was taken from close to Alexandra Park. Picture: DAVID KINDRED ARCHIVEThe Civic College, Ipswich, under construction in April 1959. This picture was taken from close to Alexandra Park. Picture: DAVID KINDRED ARCHIVE

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.

All of the houses in the area of Ipswich known as “The Potteries” had been demolished in the 1930s. When this photograph was taken in June 1957 work was about to start to build the college on the site. This densely populated area of town had largely been cleared in the 1930s and residents moved to new council housing estates. This was Pottery Street with the John Barleycorn public house at the far end. The John Barleycorn, the last building on the site, closed in 1957. St Helens Street is across the top of the view. Picture: DAVID KINDRED ARCHIVE
All of the houses in the area of Ipswich known as “The Potteries” had been demolished in the 1930s. When this photograph was taken in June 1957 work was about to start to build the college on the site. This densely populated area of town had largely been cleared in the 1930s and residents moved to new council housing estates. This was Pottery Street with the John Barleycorn public house at the far end. The John Barleycorn, the last building on the site, closed in 1957. St Helens Street is across the top of the view. Picture: DAVID KINDRED ARCHIVE

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.

Do you have memories of your time there or are you featured in any of the photographs in today’s Days Gone By? To submit a letter, in less than 300 words, write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or email info@kindred-spirit.co.uk

The main hall at the college was used for a variety of events including hairdressing competitions, dances, awards ceremonies and career conventions. This photograph was taken in July 1961 as The Queen spoke to guests at the opening ceremony. Picture: DAVID KINDRED ARCHIVEThe main hall at the college was used for a variety of events including hairdressing competitions, dances, awards ceremonies and career conventions. This photograph was taken in July 1961 as The Queen spoke to guests at the opening ceremony. Picture: DAVID KINDRED ARCHIVE

The Queen leaving the Civic College site by car after the opening ceremony in July 1961. Picture: DAVID KINDRED ARCHIVE 

The Queen leaving the Civic College site by car after the opening ceremony in July 1961. Picture: DAVID KINDRED ARCHIVE

Suffolk College students took part in a ‘Rag Week’ bed push through the Ipswich town centre in February 1989. Did you take part? Picture: TONY RAY

Suffolk College students took part in a ‘Rag Week’ bed push through the Ipswich town centre in February 1989. Did you take part? Picture: TONY RAY

Suffolk College students took part in a ‘Rag Week’ bed push through the Ipswich town centre in February 1989. Did you take part? Picture: TONY RAY

Suffolk College students took part in a ‘Rag Week’ bed push through the Ipswich town centre in February 1989. Did you take part? Picture: TONY RAY


Hairdressing competition winners and their models in the main hall at the college in March 1969. Can you add names to this picture? Picture: IVAN SMITH 


Hairdressing competition winners and their models in the main hall at the college in March 1969. Can you add names to this picture? Picture: IVAN SMITH


Did you take part in the competition to choose a ‘Rag Week’ King and Queen at the college in August 1969? Picture: IAN MCGRATH  
Did you take part in the competition to choose a ‘Rag Week’ King and Queen at the college in August 1969? Picture: IAN MCGRATH


Did you take part in the competition to choose a ‘Rag Week’ King and Queen at the college in August 1969? Picture: IAN MCGRATH 
Did you take part in the competition to choose a ‘Rag Week’ King and Queen at the college in August 1969? Picture: IAN MCGRATH

Students recovering after taking part in a marathon ‘Knit In’ at the college in February 1980. Picture: PAUL NIXON

Students recovering after taking part in a marathon ‘Knit In’ at the college in February 1980. Picture: PAUL NIXON

Did you take part with the Suffolk College Child Care Group in June 1989? Picture: DAVID KINDRED

Did you take part with the Suffolk College Child Care Group in June 1989? Picture: DAVID KINDRED

Did you take part with the Suffolk College Child Care Group in June 1989? Picture: DAVID KINDRED 

Did you take part with the Suffolk College Child Care Group in June 1989? Picture: DAVID KINDRED

Fun faces in a fantasy make up competition at the college in February 1989. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELLFun faces in a fantasy make up competition at the college in February 1989. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Fun faces in a fantasy make up competition at the college in February 1989.  Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL Fun faces in a fantasy make up competition at the college in February 1989. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Fun faces in a fantasy make up competition at the college in February 1989. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL Fun faces in a fantasy make up competition at the college in February 1989. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

Fun faces in a fantasy make up competition at the college in February 1989. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL Fun faces in a fantasy make up competition at the college in February 1989. Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL

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