Selected stills from the colour Don Chipperfield film of the Fore Street Improvement Scheme, 1961. Click for other stills from the day.
1. Opening frame of the Ipswich Society-sponsored film.
2. The Eagle Tavern on the corner of Eagle Street and Fore Street; very recognisable today despite changes in colour scheme over the years. The corner door, now blocked, was used at the time.
3.Orwell Place to the right showing the old Martin & Newby enamelled metal sign, also the pink-washed turret at the junction with Lower Orwell Place.
4. The view from Martin & Newby's upper storey store-room with cast-iron ladles hanging in the window.
5. Martin & Newby at left with Upper Orwell Street in the distance; in those days, a lady could walk safely in the middle of the road…
6. A fine 50s-style Esso petrol tanker passes Martin & Newby's southernmost shop.
7. Sneezum's Corner with the entrance to the Co-operative Education Centre behind the brick wall at near-left and Lower Orwell Street at extreme right.
8. Centre: The Wheatsheaf from Sneezum's Corner advertising variously caravan & camping equipment and still & cine colour cameras.
9. As view 8., but with an Ipswich Corporation Transport trolley-bus approaching the bus stop outside Sneezum's.
10. H. & R. Sneezum linked shops; Martin & Newby in the background.
11. The Rapid Radio shop, centre, with Co-op Education Centre beyond; above that: the tower of the Fire Station in Bond Street.
12. South of the entrance to Dedham Place and Ipswich Plastics is ‘Ron: Gentlemen's Hairdressing; Styling & Blow-waving'; Open all day Wednesday!
13. The Wheatsheaf, centre, with from left: scaffolded building, preening cat on the pavement, GPO van and moped (crash helmets were not required by law in 1961).
14. A ‘Tolly' flat-bed truck parked outside the Cobbold bottling plant with H.O. Cox Car & Motorcycle showroom beyond.
15. At right, the Cobbold bottling plant with wooden beer-crates piled high; opposite the gabled building which would become today's Fore Street Post Office.Fore Street Baths centre background.
16. The shops on the east side of Fore Street running down to the Angel Lane junction with the Baths beyond.
17. Billboard advertising the ‘Sunday Telegraph' on the Angel Lane corner covering up a building end-wall in a poor state.
18. Billboard on the Angel Lane corner with a wasted, chained-off bit of concrete in front, weeds in cracks.
19. Angel Lane itself with the side wall of the baths at far right; cars and vans parked on waste ground remaining after building demolition.
20. Shuttered-off shop-front with tattered posters advertising ‘Rock & Roll every Tuesday at the Baths Hall', St Matthew's Street; also CND posters advertising Aldermaston and Wethersfield marches to London, Easter 1961.
21. The Anglian Building Centre on the curve, opposite the Cobbold bottling plant; the huge, German-built gasometer, ‘Jumbo', looms in the distance from Gasworks Quay.
22. H. ‘Porky' Wells stands in white coat at the door of his garlanded butcher's shop.
23. Wells' pork butcher's shop still stands at no. 60, shown here with signs to the railway station and ‘Manningtree, Harwich, Clacton'.
24. On the corner facing the Salthouse Street junction, a tobacconist's shop and 'A. Baker & Son, Practical Upholsterers'.
25. The Salthouse Street junction from in front of the Isaac Lord building; the timbered, jettied section of the Lord Nelson pub at right, signed ‘Tolly for Quality'.
26. The Salthouse Street junction, Lloyds Bank branch at extreme left, the empty plot straight ahead - apparently used for storage and general rubbish - industrial buildings in background.
27. Another tobacconist's shop just before the Lord Nelson, showing a plethora of cigarette advertising, including locally-made 'Churchman's No. 1'.
28. The Isaac Lord merchant's house at no. 80.; lettered sign on the render, hanging baskets, billboard at extreme right.
29. From right: Cigarette billboard, Isaac Lord, Adnams Off Licence, Neptune Antiques, Fore Snax, Mellonie & Goulders coal yard and offices, Meux Maltings and the old Post Office.
30. The painted metal sign on the old Neptune Inn in much better condition in 1961 than today.
31. Fore Snax (Neptune Café), with an ‘Ipswich window' above.Adverts for Corona, Vimto, Senior Service, Churchman's No. 1, Woodbines…
32. The shops on the north side of Fore Street, Jackson Chemist (later E.J. Owles) at right, when Ilford and Kodak films and prints were commonplace.
33. Orwell Service Station (‘SERVICENTRE'), when petrol pumps really looked like petrol pumps; Civic College in background. “The Esso sign means happy motoring…”
34. The old ‘Tudorbethan' Salvation Army building at left faces Meaux Maltings; Grimwade Street junction beyond with Barnards animal feed shop on the corner; Holy Trinity tower in background.
35. ‘The Salvation Army Hostel For Men [obscured]' replaced in the late 80s by a modern building echoing the original.
36. The rather handsome Post Office which stood opposite the Sorrell Horse entrance.
37. Barnards shop at the corner with Grimwade Street, entrance to The Sorrell Horse pub with hanging Tolly Cobbold sign.
38. The row of shops from Grimwade street eastwards with a remarkable vehicle parked next to the café.
39. Run-down shops next to the Social Settlement (far right) show the lettering: 'JUBILEE ARMS[?]' on the upper brickwork. So far, no trace of this public house has been found.
40. The Social Settlement: the rather dark grainy still highlights the copper cupolas; billboard and trellis screen at far right.
41. The Social Settlement: eastern entrance showing the notice announcing the imminent 'Demolition by Ipswich Borough Council'.
42. Fore Street seen from in front of Grimwade Hall; from left: Duke Street roundabout, former Ropemakers' cottages, Eastern Counties Farmers, Meux Maltings.
43. Expectant crowds line the route past Martin & Newby and spill out of windows above.
44. The crowd outside the Co-op Education Centre; many brought their own chairs.
45. The Queen's primrose yellow dress is glimpsed in the leading limousine; Fore Street looks grand and the crowds feel free to wander into the road…
46. Orwell Place crossroads with policemen in attendance (note the white sleeves for traffic signalling when on point duty), probably just after the royal retinue had passed.