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The John Peters collection - 1960s and 1970s. Photos Copyright © John Peters

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First, rare views from the top of St Mary's Church tower

Below are comments from the photographer, after he had been told of the enthusiastic response he had received since the launch of these photographs on this website:

"Thank you so much for telling me about the photographs [being on the web site], I am delighted that they have given the people of Woodbridge so much pleasure. Those taken from St Mary's Church were taken in August 1974 on my last visit to my grandfather before he died, at the age of 102.
My old school friend Malcolm Gooch was a member of the choir, and obtained permission for me to climb the tower. The remainder were taken in 1963-65 on visits I made to my grandparents. As I spent my childhood in Woodbridge, I liked to take photos as a reminder."

John Peters

 

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Seckford Street, Mussidan Court in the process of being built, Tricker's Mill with scaffolding.
1. Seckford Street, Mussidan Court in the process of being built, Tricker's Mill with scaffolding.

 

Theatre Street, House of Correction at top left, Woodbridge School's Marryiott House top right.

2. Theatre Street, with the end of the House of Correction at top left, and the entrance to the Fire Station a little closer to the photographer. Woodbridge School's Marryiott House is in the very top right. The truck belonging to Wilkinson Transport looks like it's in the car park at the back of The King's Head public house.

 

Top of Market Hill

3. Top of Market Hill. Ridleys Paints Ltd, telephone no.2819. The light coloured building is Simon Carter Gallery and the darker building on the left is David Gibbins Antiques. Is the dark car an Austin Westminster 3 Litre (or even a Vanden Plas 3 Litre R) or is it just an Austin 1800? - registration is WOL 69M(?). The lighter car is a Mk III Ford Cortina, parked in front of the entrance to Glovers Yard. That 'box' on the pavement is a GPO telephone junction box - and it's still there!

 

Victorian water pump in market square

4. Victorian water pump in market square - erected in 1876 by the governors of the Seckford Charity. At the time of this photograph, the surface had not been block-paved. On the right, steps up to the Magistrates' Court on the first floor of the Shire Hall. In the background, Fuzzypeg where Woodbridge School pupils from outside Woodbridge gathered, waiting for the school bus. The light building is a private residence. The next shop is The Deben Gallery. A sign in the window advertises what seems to be a play "No Time for Fig Leaves." The car parked illegally in the bus stop is a 1960s Skoda MB. Next is a VW Beetle and a Mini. You can see It's a sunny day by the shadows, and the two people in front of the Newsagents are both wearing sunglasses, and the gentleman is carrying his jacket.
In 2009, Penny Moon added: "I can certainly remember going to the tiny little theatre behind the Deben Gallery, for puppet shows. You went up the entrance steps to the gallery but turned right through a door before the gallery entrance door and down a corridor to the back. Oh and Fuzzypegs steps - that was THE meeting place!"

 

Front: tops of houses in Market Hill, then fields where Lockwood close is in the process of being built, Bredfield Street on the far left, Castle Street far right, Haugh Lane and North Hill in the background.

5. In the foreground are the: tops of houses in Market Hill, and on the left a glimpse of Angel Lane. Then there are houses in Chapel Street, and one of the "Napoleonic" wooden cottages in Ship Meadow. Further out are the fields where Lockwood Close (presumably named after local builderAlfred Lockwood - who built St John's church) is in the process of being built. By the light-roofed building, a man is standing by two Mk III Ford Zephyrs. Bredfield Street is on the far left, Castle Street far right, Haugh Lane and North Hill in the background.

 

Castle Street running across the centre, Mill Lane running up the middle, to Victoria Road. Far left looks like Naverne Meadow being built.
6. Castle Street running across the centre, Mill Lane running up the middle, to Victoria Road. Far left looks like the beginnings of Naverne Meadow being built.

 

St John's church with its original spire, with Castle Street running across the middle. Is the tall tree on the far right, the one that used stand outside the Methodist Church?

7. St John's church with its original spire, which was taken down in 1975 when it was found to be unsafe - a new spire was added following a generous donation, in 2003. See www.stjohnswoodbridge.org.uk. Castle Street run across the middle in front of St. John's. Is the tall tree on the far right, the one that used to stand outside the Methodist Church?

 

Across the shaving brush factory, Cumberland Street running near the middle, the 'dance hall' in Quay Street, Bass's Dock, centre right. Further left is the Tide Mill and Granary and far left is the gas holder.

8. Across the Culmak shaving brush factory, Cumberland Street running near the middle. Just left of centre, there is the 'dance hall' in Quay Street, then the square roof of the United Reform Church, and the wharfingers' buildings on Bass's Dock, with the crane of the Frank Knights boatyard visible. Further left is the Tide Mill and Granary and far left is the gas holder.

 

Across the Abbey School grounds to Cumberland Street, with Deben Garage. further out are the back of houses in Station Road, then the sheltered housing. Middle right are the tennis courts in Kingston Field, and beyond to Kyson Point.

9. Across the Abbey School grounds to Cumberland Street, with Deben Garage. Further out are the backs of houses in Station Road, then the sheltered housing. Middle right are the tennis courts in Kingston Field, and beyond to Kyson Point.

 

 

From Castle Street across to New Street, St Mary's Church.

10. From Castle Street across to New Street, St Mary's Church. Four chimneys of the fine Edwardian terrace and the gable end of Ye Olde Bell and Steelyard.

 

A similar view to that above, but including the Bull Ride and Shire Hall plus the beady-eyed will see a couple of aircraft just to the left of the church tower, perhaps the cause of the photographer taking a further 'zoom' into the shot.

11. A similar view to the previous photo, but including the roofs of the Bull Ride and the Shire Hall. The beady-eyed among you will see a couple of aircraft just to the left of the church tower, perhaps the cause of the photographer taking this second 'zoom' into the shot.

 

Blown up detail from the picture above, showing that the aircraft are the distinctive F-101 Voodoo fighters of the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing from RAF Bentwaters.

12. Enlarged detail from the previous picture, showing that the aircraft are the distinctive McDonnell F-101 Voodoo fighters of the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing of the USAF, from RAF Bentwaters. Well, you can't see all that, but that's where they were based! See bentwaters.org/photac/f101-gp.htm

 

Market Hill. On the original photos, I can see the car registrations.

13. Market Hill. On the original photos, I can see bits of the car registration plates. The cars are, from the left, Morris Minor reg. ??? 582, mostly hidden by a Ford Mk II Consul reg XRT ???, then the Milk Float from Woodbridge Dairies reg. 535 ???, a Wolseley (possibly a 6/110) reg. LPV 666, and a split-screen high-headlight (1950-56) Morris Minor. I can just identify the bonnet of an Austin Devon (1947-52) on the far right. In the background are the Victorial pump, and the steps leading up the Shire Hall to the Magistates' court.

 

Abbey School

14. Abbey School

 

Granary (left) and Tide Mill, with children swimming in Bass's Dock.

15. Granary (background, left) and Tide Mill. In the foreground, the children are swimming in Bass's Dock.


 

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