A small and often overlooked residential cul-de-sac on the edge
of Ipswich, Bostock Road lies opposite the southern entrance to the
Port of Ipswich West Bank Terminal on Wherstead Road. The name may come
from Edward Bostock who founded Ipswich’s Hippodrome Theatre in St
Nicholas Street (opened in March 1905 and closed as a live venue in
1957; demolished 1985). We are unsure whether these
qualify as 'railway cottages', but we certainly knew a railwayman who
lived there, his garden backing on to the Norwich to London main line
which rises on an embakment here.
Our thanks to Ed Broom for
engendering this page:
22.7.2020: 'Out on two wheels along Wherstead Road, I was delighted to
find Ostrich Terrace, then slightly gutted when I saw you already had
it on your site. Thought you should know that the block of houses on
the town side of Bostock Road has the comforting name of Teddy's
Terrace, also from 1925.'
542-544 Wherstead Road
Before entering the road itself, the jaws of the junction (now
on an elongated roundabout) are bookended – if we can mix our metaphors
– by Ostrich Terrace 1925 (shown on our Bourne
Park page). As Ed points out, on the north side of
the juction is, rather appealingly:
2020 images courtesy Ed Broom
Both of these 1925 terraces have had modern houses added on,
thereby closing in the entrance to Bostock Road; presumably these plots
would have been part of the end-of-terrace gardens.
5-7 Bostock Road
The terrace of six houses on the left of Bostock Road is named:
Perhaps there is a connection with Bloomfield Terrace,
as shown on our Rosehill Houses page.
15-17 Bostock Road
The last four houses on the left are:
14-16 Bostock Road
On the north side of the road, the furthest four houses are:
The Sporle's Villas plaque
suffers a little from the masonry paint applied in somewhat different
colours to each house; the caking up of paint across the centre impedes
6-8 Bostock Road
27-28 Bostock Road
At the far end of Bostock Road, running parallel to the railway
three groups of similar houses. At the left, two larger semi-detached
houses (unnamed); in the centre, a
terrace of six houses ('DASHWOOD'S VILLAS'); at the right, a terrace of
four houses (unnamed). Ed reminds us that Charles Edmund Dashwood
(1857–1935) was only six years old when he inherited Wherstead Park; he assumed
responsibility for the estate when he came of age.
The possessive apostrophe on each of these plaques suggests that the
buildings were owned by the named people. It would be interesting to
hear the derivations.
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