Clutter in Arras Square
from John Brown
When I came to live in Ipswich - some fifty years ago - and joined the
Society, I found a mixture of dirty industrial town and equally grubby
market/County town. The town centre did have a few good quality shops
and an excellent theatre; otherwise I think it might be fairly described
as 'a bit of a dump'. The improvement since then has been phenomenal. I
have reservations, of course, but pedestrian-friendly streets and paving;
trees and open spaces with seating and sculpture; buildings painted and
in reasonable repair; improvements to the docks and riverside; signage
and excellent tourist information; all contribute to a pleasant town
centre. Congratulations to the Society, the Borough and County Officers
and all the other bodies and individuals who have wrought such a change.
Reservations? Well, there must always be some niggles. One which has
annoyed me for some time is Arras Square and the way cars, vans and
rubbish bins spoil the general look of this attractive space. I no longer
encourage visitors to sit and enjoy the scene. I have approached the
parking authorities but they say they have no jurisdiction as the Square
itself-other than the original St Stephen's Lane width - is privately
owned. Can anyone suggest how we might shame the property owners into
taking pride in their own spaces?
The value of Double-Glazing
from Ken Wilson
Patrick Taylor's interesting article on domestic heat conservation casts
doubt on the economy of double-glazing. I cannot fault his calculations but
the value of this very popular installation lies surely in the reduction
of that uncomfortable flow of cold air that descends steadily from a
single-glazed window (despite the curtains). The improvement in living
conditions delivered by a second layer of glass is ample reward.
I await part 2 of his article with interest.
The Value of a Gable Warmer
from Ann Petherick
Apropos of Patrick Taylor's article in the last Newsletter, I too am the
owner of an end of terrace Victorian house in Ipswich. In 2005, as part
of a programme of full modernisation, we applied external cladding not
only to the gable wall but around the rear extension. As the house has
been let since then I have not been able to obtain evidence of reduced
fuel costs but I will see what I can find out. I also wonder whether it
might be possible to demonstrate a knock-on effect to the rest of the
terrace by the end property being kept so much warmer?
What is an Ipswichian?
from Bernard Brown (Auckland, New Zealand)
Perhaps the Editor and Mr Tucker could come up with a definition of
'Ipswichian'. [April Newsletter page 17.] I have never lived in Ipswich
for more than a few days at a time with grandparents and aunties and
- I attended Ipswich v Aston Villa at Portman Road in 1938 (FA Cup re-play)
- My parents were devout Ipswichians, by any definition.
- Almost invariably I identify cropped photographs of buildings, etc in
- I have Ipswich Town's results phoned through to me on Sunday mornings
- I am a member of The Ipswich Society and I love Ipswich.