Planning application in June 2020: erection of a 20 metre high ‘Phase 8 Monopole’ (phone mast). This would have been sited where the pavement widens right next to the Woodbridge Road bridge over the Felixstowe branch line (near the junction with Belle Vue Road) and close to residential flats. The mast would have been the same height as Anthony Gormley’s The Angel of the North and goodness knows how deep the foundations would have been – as deep as the railway cutting and beyond? Of course, there are a lot of people in our culture who are constantly demanding ‘better coverage’ as they hold their mobile telephones aloft. Perhaps this application (refused by the Planning Officer) gives us a glimpse of tomorrow. (A similar monopole application in Nacton Road was withdrawn.)

Covers photographs

Our front and back covers show just a small selection of the town’s public art:

1.   Bust of Thomas Wolsey, main staircase, Town Hall, by James Williams, 1871.

2.   Question Mark, Neptune Quay, by Langlands and Bell, 2008.

3.   Triple mycomorph (fungus form), Christchurch Park, by Bernard Reynolds, c.1992.

4.   Ship, Civic Drive roundabout, Bernard Reynolds, 1971.

5.   Sor of hing, St Matthew’s Roundabout, by Mervyn Crawford, 1963.

6.   The navigator, Orwell river path, by John Atkin, 2003.

7.   Tam, grassed area near Black Horse Lane, by Honoria Surie, 1995.

8.   Against the tide, on the west side of Bridge Street, by Laurence Edwards, 2004.

9.   Niche sculptures, St Mary-At-Elms west front, by Charles Gurrey, 2006.

10. Tondo of Wolsey, Christchurch Mansion, by A.W. Bellis, 1932.

The article on page 8 explores some of the artistic riches to be found in Ipswich … if you look.

 Robin Gaylard

Yewtree miniature Rent table by Titchmarsh & Goodwin, see the article on page 6.


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