THE CRICKETERS, AGAIN
From L H (Dick) Barton
I am sure Mr Cheney is not alone in his appreciation of the unusual weather vane on the roof of The Cricketers. Speaking for myself, I would like it even more than I do if the cardinal points were indicated correctly. North for example is shown in a very easterly direction. Anyone doubting this should refer to the weather vane atop the spire of the nearby St Mary le Tower Church. Perhaps correcting this error would be difficult and expensive and the present owners have got the clock going very nicely and restored the proper name back to the pub - so well done them! Two out of three is pretty good.
PETER BRUFF, THE BRUNEL OF EAST ANGLIA
From Merv Russen
I would like to thank Barry Moore for his letter in the January 2010 issue of the Newsletter. I particularly liked the two ideas of changing the name of Civic Drive to Bruff Drive and the statue. These would be fitting tributes to a remarkable man.
I would also like to apologise to Jill Freestone concerning the reason for building the Ipswich Tunnel. She quite rightly says that the tunnel was built to facilitate a line from Ipswich to Bury. Unfortunately my article was too long to include everything that I originally wrote.
A key paragraph was edited out. It lay between the third and fourth paragraphs in the piece as published and read as follows:
"In 1845 the Board of Trade had accepted a scheme from the EUR to build a line from Ipswich to Bury St Edmunds and a spur line from Haughley to Norwich. The ECR rival scheme which proposed a route from London via Cambridge to Norwich was rejected. A separate company, the Ipswich and Bury Railway chaired by John Chevallier Cobbold was formed to construct the rail link from Ipswich to Bury."
If this is inserted in the article then everything follows makes more sense. That will teach me not to be so verbose in the first place!
PUBLIC CLOCKS AROUND IPSWICH TOWN CENTRE
From Ken Wilson
Brian Jepson's list of clocks (in the January Newsletter) is very interesting but he is rather severe when it comes to 'Lit at Night' since he lists only those with lamps behind the face, whereas many others are quite adequately illuminated externally.
THE NAMES OF STREETS IN IPSWICH
From N Chandler
Perhaps with financial assistance from a body like EEDA, the plaques concept could be extended to every central and Waterfront street and with an explanation of the origins of the names and places of interest. I have seen this in Berlin and it is being adopted in other English towns. With increasing numbers of tourists and students in Ipswich there would surely be a curiosity about streets such as Westgate, Butter Market, Dial Lane, Tower Street, Tower Ramparts, Coprolite Street, Upper Brook Street, Wherry Lane and the Cornhill, etc.