Suffolk Record Office And Theatre / Ipswich Board School / Bramford Road School

15 Apr 2003
Suffolk Record Office And Theatre, Gatacre Road, Ipswich, Suffolk
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Ipswich Board School, Ipswich, Suffolk
Bramford Road School, Bramford Road, Ipswich, Suffolk
Suffolk Record Office And Theatre, Bramford Road, Ipswich, Suffolk
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


TM1545 BRAMFORD ROAD 642-0/6/10010 (South side) Suffolk Record Office and Theatre


Board school on Bramford Road, now record office and theatre.

1882. By Brightwen Binyon. Gatacre Road extension 1888 by E Fernley Bissopp. Red brick with terracotta details; machine-tiled roofs.

One storey. Bramford Road block has a 5-window range comprising 3 3-light casements and a 2-light casement at each end. Gabled roof with central leaded fleche. Flanking this to right and left is a high gable-end of the east and west returns. Gable ends fitted with 4-light transomed windows with 4/1 sashes. Punched arcaded decoration in bands right, left and below. Terracotta band in gable with the legends: Ipswich School Board (left gable); Bramford Road School (right gable).

Punched roundels in gable heads and further chequered decoration. Gabled roofs.

Gatacre Road return (east return) has a central arched doorway with 2 groups of sashes either side. Gatacre Road extension of 1888 has one storey, stepped buttresses and 3 stepped gables disguised as through-eaves dormers. A further 2 stepped gable-dormers to the south in a secondary block.

INTERIOR: Bramford Road main block has a roof of false hammerbeam trusses. Gatacre Road hall has a roof of arched timber trusses with pierced spandrels.

(Brown C, Haward B, Kindred R: Dictionary of Architects of Suffolk Buildings 1800-1914: Ipswich: 1991-: 40, 43).

Listing NGR: TM1514245155


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0682 IOE Records taken by Edward Erbes; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Edward Erbes. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

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Photographer: Erbes, Edward

Rights Holder: Erbes, Edward


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