We have been lucky enough to obtain contemporary photographs from two main sources (apart from the Ipswich Society's Flickr collection, see Links).
Fore Street '61 Then & Now. Architect Birkin Haward oversaw the main project to repair and smarten up Fore Street. On a cold, wet day - perhaps in February 1961 - a set of monochrome photographs were taken of many of the shop-fronts and buildings which required attention. They are not of professional quality, but capture the rather poor condition of things which provoked the Ipswich Society's idea for a renovation scheme. To add interest and aid identification, Society member Tim Leggett has provided the same views as seen today. Click the title of this paragraph to view the 'then and now' pairs of images.
David Kindred, photographer and local history enthusiast, has supplied selected photographic prints for the exhibition, but he has also created a special page for the group on Flickr. Click the previous phrase to see it in a new window. It is a sobering fact that this fine group of photographs recording the Fore Street Facelift 1961 might not have survived at all. The photographer is unknown, but they were probably taken for the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Evening Star. They record the 'facelifted' buildings, quite a number of which no longer exist, the work being done and the decorations, also the people - children and old'uns - lined up awaiting the royal motorcade. See also David's KIndred Spirits article about the event and our exhibition from the Ipswich Star (28.7.2015) in our Press section.