Tacket Street in the 1930s, looking east.
Joe Knott probably lodged at
Brand & Sons on the right hand side -
you can just see part of their sign in
this photograph. Joe revisited Tacket
Street in 1990, but said that he did not
recognise it. By then, all the buildings
on the left side of this photo had been
demolished for road widening.
& Sons sign today. The sign
for the department store survives. The
building is now a night club.
Cavendish Street. Much of the
bottom of Cavendish Street was destroyed
by WWII bombing, and the rest was later
subject to slum clearance. It is now home
to an assortment of commercial
activities. In 1932, Joe & Phyl lived
in one of the houses which stood on the
right hand side going up, behind Speedy.
of Cavendish Street and White Elm Street.
Joe and Phyl lived in one of the
houses which stood where this car park is
now. The derelict White Elm pub building
survived on this corner when I moved into
the street in 1985.
Street higher up. The upper part
of Cavendish street is still an
attractive residential street, despite
the awful parking problems. This
photograph gives a flavour of what the
part of Cavendish Street Joe and Phyl
lived in looked like - apart from the
cars, of course.
Fore Hamlet. Cavendish Street is
off of Fore Hamlet, and this would have
been the way Joe and Phyl walked into
town. Of course, they would recognise
almost none of this. The area was
substantially destroyed by German
bombing, and by later slum and industrial
clearance. The only building which
survives from the 1930s is the music shop
dwarfed in the middle of the photograph.
It was the Fore Hamlet co-op, and Phyl
would have done her shopping there.
Trinity church, Fore Hamlet.
Phyl remembered in my early days in
Ipswich I used to pass a church that
played a hymn every hour on the hour on
the church clock.
electricity substation. this was
built on the corner of Fore Hamlet and
Duke Street just before Joe and Phyl
moved to the area, and would have been a
familiar sight to them. Joe would have
had to pass it each day on his way to and
from work. It supplied power to what was
then a heavily industrial area. Today it
is a Loch Fyne restaurant.
Fletcher Road. Joe and Phyl
moved to the house on the right in early
1933. They may well have been the first
residents. Their first child was born in
Hallows Church, Landseer Road.
The church opened in 1930, and was
replaced in 1938 by the larger church to
the left of it. Today it is the church
hall. Joe and Phyl took their daughter
here to be baptised on 23rd April 1933.
in the All Hallows Register. entry
in the baptismal register for 23rd April
1933, recording the christening of Joe
and Phyl's daughter, and confirming their
construction of Fison, Packard &
Prentice Cliff Road Works, 1932-33.
These archive photographs show the Cliff
Road factory under construction. Joe
Knott would have worked alongside the men
in these photographs - indeed, he may
even be in one of them himself.
Packard & Prentice Cliff Road Works. From
the display about the works in the
Ipswich Transport museum. This
perspective is from Cliff Quay, with the
trees of Holywells Park behind - in Joe
and Phyl's time, the private house and
gardens of the Cobbold family.
site today. The factory was
destroyed by fire in 1983, and demolished
in the late 1980s. One of the older
outbuildings, in the centre photograph,
survives on the other side of Cliff Road.
Today, the site is a lorry depot, but the
area is zoned for residential and light
commercial. The last photograph shows the
Victorian Ship Launch public house. By
the 1930s it was almost surrounded by the
Cliff Road works. We may assume that Joe
had a drink in there.