Road naming in Kesgrave has been the subject of many articles in Kesgrave News over the years. The majority of roads on the Grange Farm Development are named after local people. Residents will perhaps recognise the doctor's patch and the headmaster and headmistress area. The development between St. Isidores roundabout and Century Drive is named after residents who have had a long-
If you missed your road and particularly want to know who it is named after, then all the articles, by Norman Bugg, have been kept on file at the Council Office or alternatively can be found below.
Road Names A-
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
The Backs (tba)
Baden Powell Walk
Baird Grove (tba)
Bell Barn Lane
Butler Smith Grdns
Castle Gardens (tba)
Catchpole Drive (tba)
Cranwell Grove (tba)
Deben Valley Drive
Dr. Watsons Lane
East View (tba)
Evans Drift (tba)
The Fishers (tba)
The Garrards (tba)
Gifford Close (tba)
Grange Business Centre
Hartree Way (Mar 03)
Hartree Way (Sep 09)
Llewellyn Drift (tba)
The Lloyds (tba)
Lyon Close (tba)
Masterson Grove (tba)
Mead DriveMendip Drive
Pinetree Close (now in Rushmere)
Pontins Walk (tba)
Potters Approach (tba)
Ranulph Close (tba)
The Royalls (tba)
Rupert Fison Square
St. Agnes Way
St. Austell Close
St. Crispins Close (tba)
St. Isidores (May 94)
St. Isidores (Mar 03)
St. Ives Close
St. Lawrence Green
St. Lawrence Way
St. Martins Court (Mar 03)
St. Martins Court (Jan 08)
St. Michaels Close
St. Olaves Road
St. William Court (tba)
Segger View (tba)
Sewell Wontner Close
Spalding Lane (tba)
Stephen Road (Jul94)
Stephen Road (Oct 07)
Stewart Young Grove
Tommy Flowers Drive
Twelve Acre Approach
Walker Chase (tba)
White Lodge Gardens (tba)
Wilkinson Drive (tba)
Wilkes Court (Mar04)
Wilkes Court (Sep 09)
Windiate Court (tba)
Yew Tree Grove (now in Rushmere)
Kesgrave News -
Over many years much planning, debate and consultations took place for the development of Grange Farm. The then Parish Council took an active part in early talks and many hours were spent discussing various aspects. Most organisations in Kesgrave were asked to put forward ideas to be integrated into the formation of this new part of Kesgrave. Some 63 suggestions were collated and believe it or not, about 58 of them were incorporated into the Grange Farm planning and layout.
One item was the naming of roads. Many ideas came forward but, of course, we were restricted by Suffolk Coastal District Council and the Post Office. Our remit was that road names should not clash with Ipswich or Woodbridge if at all possible. This immediately cut out such schemes as flowers, trees, English and Scottish towns, birds, authors and much more.
The Parish Council formed a small sub-
Next came Through Jollys, named after the Jolly family who farmed Grange Farm and ran the nurseries from 1924 until the building started. The other main throughway is called Fentons Way. This is after the Fenton's who farmed Bell Barn Farm, of Kesgrave Fruit Farm, from 1933. Mr John Fenton at present farms Kiln Farm, Kesgrave -
It has always been the remit of the Parish Council to try and make directions to areas within the Parish as easy as possible. With this in mind, plus the length of Ropes Drive, we suggested that East and West should be added. We also wanted the County Council to place name plates on the two roundabouts on the A1214 -
It's difficult to know quite where to start the story of naming roads but I think to explain in areas and grouping would be easiest. So continuing with the theme started last month we have the names of people who have worked for the Jolly family through the years.
The Whinneys, so called after Charlie and his wife who both worked on Grange Farm in the nurseries for many years.
Upson Way is named after Billy and his grandfather who both worked on the farm for many years.
Fletchers Lane, so called after Jack Fletcher who was the fitter and mechanic at Grange farm and is now retired and living in the village.
Herbert Road, named after Julian Herbert who was the secretary at the Farm and Nursery. He was also Parish Clerk 1964-
Largent Grove, is named after the Largent brothers, Sid and Walter, who were both respected dairymen who worked on the farm and ran the dairy, a Friesian herd of about eighty. Sid moved away to Essex, but Walter spent most of the rest of his life living in Kesgrave -
Fox Lea, Ernie worked on the farm for about forty five years and is currently working on the building and maintenance of local properties.
The Bretts, between them Freddie and Arthur Brett worked on Grange Farm for over ninety years. Freddie's wife Flo and Arthur's wife Gwen worked for long periods on the Farm and Nurseries. Their daughters Margaret and Janet also worked, and still do, at the Nursery. Arthur is still employed by the family.
Cooks Close, Ernest Cook and Albert Cook were not related but both worked for many years at Grange Farm. Albert was killed in a motor accident while on Special Constable duty.
This article continues with the ex-
Booth Lane: Named after Charlie who for a number of years was a foreman at the Nurseries. Later he was to take on a smallholding at Newbourne.
Friends Walk: Mrs Friend has worked at the Grange farmhouse and still works at Mrs Rope's on the Main Road, 'just keeping the house neat and tidy'.
Howards Way: Named after Ron who spent his working life at the Nurseries, finishing up as foreman in charge of production of tomatoes, cucumbers, prize carnations and all types of pot plants. Ron now enjoys his retirement, still keeping busy in his own greenhouses as a hobby.
Pilbroughs Walk: So called after Fred who worked at Grange Farm as a tractor driver. He lived in one of the red brick cottages that still remain along Pilbrough's Walk just west of "The Farmhouse".
Saint Isidores: This is the drive into "The Farmhouse" and is so named after the patron saint of farmers.
Bell Barn Lane: Leads to the old farm house which was extended from a small 16th Century shepherd's cottage which is now the lounge. It is reputed that the oak timbers are from old ships. When Mr Fenton moved to Bell Barn Farm he took on an employee -
Mannall Walk: Another resident family of St. Olaves Road in 1932 was the Mannall family. Reg left school in 1941 and went to work on the farm. He left this employment in 1968 hut still resides in St. Olaves Road. He loves to walk his dog daily over the land he worked and trod all his life.
Gostling Place: Named after Don who also started at the farm on leaving school. He moved into Kiln Farm in 1961 when he married and is still one of three who cultivates the remaining agricultural land.
Francis Close: Named after Lesley Francis who lived with his brother and sister at Heath Cottages, Playford. He also worked at the Fruit Farm for many years until his marriage in 1979. He is probably best remembered by his friends from the Bell as being a stalwart member of the darts team.
Kesgrave had three schools at this time: the High School on Main Road; Heath School in Bell Lane and the former Kesgrave Hall School now Shawes Manor. It was felt that the head teachers of these could form the basis of another group of road names.
The High School opened in October 1931 as the area school for pupils from five to fourteen. Pupils over eleven from surrounding parishes were provided with Council owned bicycles. Kesgrave pioneered this scheme and in those early days it was quite a talking point. The School's first head teacher was Captain RF Harrison, MC who was previously at Trimley. So we have Harrison Grove. After two years the school role had increased from 183 to 350 so it was necessary to expand. Captain Harrison ran the school much like a military operation even down to the school caretaker, 'Skipper' Terry, blowing the trumpet to call the pupils to class. Captain Harrison was responsible for constructing the original village sign, a cedar tree with the name Kesgrave underneath. Unfortunately it rotted away and disappeared about 1964 from a site alongside what is now Doranda Carpets, originally Browns the Chemist.
In 1940 Captain Harrison retired and the headship was taken over by Mr Sidney Reeve. Mr Reeve worked haiti at the school and in the village. He was chairman of the Parish Council from 1946 to 1958 and had great interest, and participated, in the planning and setting up of the first Community Centre. Mr Reeve was head of the Area School from 1940 to 1959 when it became the Modem School for Secondary Education. He continued as Head until his retirement in 1964, after seeing major building programmes. Thus we have Reeve Gardens.
Following on from Mr Reeves was Mr T Scopes who saw yet more expansion, hence Scopes Road. He was succeeded by Mr Brian Talboys in 1981 until retirement in 1986 and so we have Tallboys Road.
Meanwhile a new Primary school had been built in 1954 in Bell Lane with head mistress Miss B Moorfield. The village was very pleased to have Benjamin Britten perform the opening ceremony. In 1962 the Primary school was split into two schools on the same site with Miss Moorfield as Head of the Juniors and Miss Jewell as Head of the Infants. When Miss Moorfield retired in 1970 the school once again reverted to one and became the largest Primary School in East Suffolk. In 1988, after twenty six years, Miss Jewell retired and is really thriving on it. So we have Moorfield Close and Jewell View.
Mrs Marshall ran Kesgrave Hall as a boys Preparatory school with both boarders and day pupils. There were between 90 and 120 pupils aged between seven to fourteen. The school bus, with it's wooden seats, was well known around the village. The boys were always very well turned out and looked immaculate when attending church in their uniform of bright blue and yellow. So we have our last 'headteacher’ road, Marshall Close.
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Roberts Close: After Mrs Roberts, the Headteacher of Heath Primary school who took over from Miss Jewell.
Thomas Crescent: After Mr Thomas, The Head Teacher of the High School who took over from Mr Tallboys.
I have decided to take a break from the Grange Farm development and write about some of the older roads in the village. Starting at the Martlesham boundary we come to Gayfer Avenue. This is named after the original owner of what is now Roadworks site in Dobbs Lane. Mr J Gayfer died in 1946 aged seventy one. He developed Deben Avenue in the 1930's and advertised houses priced from £485 to £600 complete with plots about thirty one feet by two hundred and fifty feet, with entrance for a motor car. He went on to establish quite a large business manufacturing all types of concrete blocks and paving slabs.
Dobbs Lane and Dobbs Drift are named after John Dobbs, circa 1750. The story tells of a shepherd who was employed at Hall Farm, Kesgrave, later to be known as Grange Farm, who hanged himself. The tradition was that a suicide should be buried at the junction of a cross-
Copsewood Close was so named by the developer after the small woods that were nearby the site and used in the past for coppicing.
Grange Lane and Grange Close were named after the Farm, Grange Lane being one of the last unmettaled roads in the village. The others being Dobbs Drift and part of Oxford Road. Stephen Road was developed in the 1950's/6O's by Stephen Knights, a local builder from Dobbs Lane. The site used to be owned by a character named Mr Chace. He ran this land for many years as a smallholding -
Bracken Avenue is another development by Mr Knights, started in about 1938 and stopped for the duration of the war -
Ashdale Road: No real trace can be found as to the source of this name, does anyone have any suggestions?
Wlndrush Road: I am informed that a Mr and Mrs Collett were the first couple to have a bungalow built in this road. As they came from Gloucestershire to Kesgrave, the naming came from the Gloucestershire river which in its turn is a tributary of the River Thames.
Emerald Close: When this land was developed the local council didn't get too involved with naming. I can recall that at the time many names were put forward and a final selection was made at Suffolk Coastal, or was it Deben Council -
St Olaves Road: The only information is that the original builder started life in the Lowestoft area and was keen to recall the Fritton Lake site with St Olaves.
Bell Lane: is named after the Public House which has been on the site since about 1700. Parts of the original still remain and it's possible that the inn was built on the site of an earlier hostelry.
Church Close, a bungalow development on a field originally owned by Tollemache the brewers and farmed by the two Brett Brothers, Arthur and Freddie, until building began in the late 1970's.
In the reasoning for the names of Kesgrave's older roads a certain amount of poetic licence has been used together with tongue-
Continuing along the Main Road towards Ipswich is Dr Watsons Lane, although only just within the modern Kesgrave boundary. The name came from a labourer who worked for the Fison family who lived at Kesgrave House. This was demolished to make way for the present "Walk" between The Bell and Bell Lane. "Dr Watson" lived in the small bungalow on the corner by the telephone exchange. His title is attributed both to his knowledge in attending to sick horses and maybe because, while at school in Rushmere, he patched up a school fellows knee and the teacher then called him in "Dr" Watson.
Edmonton Road derived it's name from the Canadian Association and in the 1950/1960's the Canadian estate grew to give us Edmonton Close, Quebec Drive, Alberta Close, St Lawrence Green, St Lawrence Way, Michigan Close, Columbia Close, Oregon Road and Montana Close.
Mackenzie Drive has a double meaning -
Oxford Road and Cambridge Road -
Trinity Close, Histon Close and Grantchester are all in the Cambridge Area.
Nothing at the moment is known of the origins of Carlton Road.
The theme from adjoining Rushmere St Andrew of trees, Beech, and Elm Roads, is continued with Holly Road, Pinetree Close and Yewtree Grove.
Cedar Avenue in the Canadian area is an oddity. Perhaps it is because of the existence of this type of tree in Canada!!
NB Pinetree Close and Yewtree Grove are now in the Parish of Rushmere St Andrew.
Felix Close is named after the builder Felix Allen. Roy Close may also be after the builder, I don't know.
Orchard Grove, Laurel Avenue and Heath View are really self-
The remainder, Cambourne Road, Helston Close, Falmouth Close, St Ives Close, St Michaels Close, Padstow Road, Bodmin Close, Truro Crescent, Newquay Close, St Agnes Way, Penryn Road, Penzance Road, Bude Close and St Austell Close are all on the Cornish theme.
Mendip Drive, adjoining Kesgrave and Rushmere comes along with Quantock, Blackdown and the Malvern Hills.
Although I lived in Kesgrave when Glanville Place was constructed in the early 1950's I had no idea about the name. My father was on the Parish Council at the time but I didn't see fit to ask him as my interests at the time were motor bikes and "going courting. However, after contacting Mr Reg Lloyd who was on the Parish Council at that time, he put me on the right "road" -
Twelve Acre Approach was so named because of the size of the area. The Walk was named after the stretch of Bell Lane was re-
Contrary to popular belief some of the new roads on Grange Farm were not named after cricketers namely Gower, Smith, Randall and Sheppard.
Gowers Close: Mr Gower ran a coal merchants and general haulage business from Main Road having his yard behind the bungalow. He was also an active member of KWMCC fund raising events in the 1960's.
Smiths Place: The older residents of the village will always remember Freda and her brother Henry who ran the Primrose Dairy from 1929 until 1971 at 71 Main Road. Freda delivered in the village by horse and float, complete with the large brass churn, seffing milk with a half pint and pint ladle into your own jug. The poor old horse died in harness, so we are told, around 1947 in Dobbs Lane. Henry's round in the early days was by motorcycle and sidecar and took him to the Rushmere end of the village.
Randall Close: Mr Randall ran a butchery shop at 79, Main Road. The shop is now Main Line Furniture. He was a Parish Councillor and his small Morris Eight van, complete with "Basil" his driver, were popular sights throughout the late 1940's and 1950's.
Sheppards Way: Les Sheppard a man with ideas. Les ran Gayfers Concrete for many years taking over from his father in law. He installed quite a lot of machinery for large capacity output making hundreds of thousands of slabs for sea defence, thousands of concrete blocks and an interlocking type of concrete brick still visible on many sites including Otley Village hall. He was also greatly involved in the concrete works at many of the early Butlins Holiday Camps.
Battles Lane: Mr Battle started a news agency at the small shop by old Bell Lane corner, moving later to Penzance Road. The present shop will always be known as "Battles". The shop gradually increased in size and the stock grew to include just about everything including bicycles!
Browns Grove: Mr Harold Brown ran the "Drug Store" in Main Road opposite the church, now Doranda Carpets. The original shop front was moved from the old Lummer and Pipes Grocery Store in Ipswich when the premises were demolished to make way for the building of the Lloyds Avenue arch. Mr Brown was very keen on photography and he produced a series of five picture postcards of village scenes in black and white prints. These are now quite a collectors item. They include views of All Saints church, Memorial Lynch gate, The Painted Monk St Francis, Area School and Main Road looking towards The Bell.
Names featured this month are Cardew Drift, Fairbairn Avenue, Crawford Lane, Dewar Lane and Stewart Young Grove, all named after local doctors past and present.
In the early 1950's the doctors in Kesgrave were Dr Crawford and Dr Denton Cardew. They practised in Cumberland Street, Woodbridge and in a bungalow on Main Road, Kesgrave on the corner of Cambridge Road. Dr Cardew built Chester House in Bell Lane in 1952 -
In October 1964 Dr Stewart Young joined Dr Fairbairn after spending eighteen months as a house officer at Ipswich hospital. They were joined by Dr Hudson then Dr Simmonds and later by Dr Ashford. Dr Fairbairn took semi-
On Dr Stewart Young's retirement in 1997, the Kesgrave and Woodbridge practice separated and are now independent. After a long struggle, Dr Edwards and his colleagues finally succeeded in the development of a "new" Surgery, the Birches Medical Centre, in Twelve Acre Approach, adjacent to the 1st Kesgrave Scout Hall, Rhymes Nursery, Tescos, and the shops. The new surgery was officially opened on 12th November 1998 and the old surgery at 22, Bell Lane was taken over by Suffolk County Council as a Community Resource Unit. This closed in early 2011, to be replaced, after adaptation, by the Kesgrave Children's Centre which opened on 1st May 2012.
It was felt that the theme of farming should somehow continue with the building of the Grange Farm development. Thus the naming of some of the roads should be associated with previous landowners and tenant farmers. Two areas are associated with this theme.
Wolton Road: The farm known as Church Farm was owned by Frederick Brook and was tenanted by Samual Wolton from 1855 to 1868.
Hayward Fields: Robert Capon Hayward was the tenant farmer of Bell Farm, previously Church Farm, after Samual Wolton.
Dawson Drift: In 1908 John Dawson became the tenant farmer of Bell Farm. The farm was sold in 1911 after the death of the owner Lord Rendlesham. During the next eight years it changed hands twice and was owned by Baron Cranworth until 1924.
Sherwood Fields: During this period a Robert Sherwood tenanted Bell Farm and Crabbes Farm, later changed to Grange Farm. He became an authority on farming and was mentioned in various books.
Turner Grove: William Turner farmed at Crabbes Farm from 1855 to 1885.
Wainwrlght Way: John Wainwright took over Crabbes Farm from William Turner and farmed until 1891 when William Wright became farm bailiff, hence Wrights Lane.
Rush Court: Farm bailiff to local family farms. Recorded in 1851 census, born locally at Little Bealings and spent his working life in the area moving around Foxhall, Kesgrave, Playford and Bealings. After about 20 years Thomas Arkle became the owner, hence Arkle Court.
Other names include Athroll Mews. One of the commonest names in the parish register in the 19th century was Earthroul which later became Athroll.
Banyard Close: C R Banyard, builder, was known as Ray to all friends and employees. After serving in the army from 1939 to 1946 Ray worked for the old Deben Rural District Council on a self employed basis. He increased his work force and built the large blocks of flats in Castle Street, Woodbridge. He began Black Tiles Estate, started Melton Farm Estate and of course our own Cornwall Estate including Penzance Road and Falmouth Close. Ray decided in the mid-
Knights Lane: Stephen Knights lived at the bottom end of Dobbs Lane. He and his two sons were a well known team about the village. The "firm" built Bracken Avenue which was started before the war and held up for the duration. They also built Stephen Road and many bungalows in Kesgrave, Bealings, Playford and Rushmere. They also built the first extension to the Catholic Church.
Sewell Wontner Close: Vicar of Kesgrave, Foxhall and Brightwell from 1925 to 1927. When the churches reorganised he became Vicar of same and part of Foxhall. Brightwell and the remainder of Foxhall joined up with Bucklesham. Reverend Wontner, together with his sister and mother, moved into the new rectory on the Main Road in April 1929. He instigated the building of the present church hail, alongside the present church, in 1930-
Lummis Vale: Reverend W M Lummis was Vicar of Kesgrave from 1933 until 1941. He worked tirelessly to clear the debt on the church hall. He enlarged the Parish Magazine which was then acclaimed as one of the best in the county. He also produced a "Short History and Guide to Kesgrave" which is quite a sought after document. If anyone would like to borrow my copy please don't hesitate to ask. He had electricity laid into the church -
Butler Smith Gardens: Reverend H Butler Smith was at the church from 1941 to 1973 and many of the present residents will remember "Harry". The miles he used to trudge around the village were unbelievable, as he had neither car nor bicycle. He spent many years on the old Deben Council, serving a term as Chairman. My father, who was not a regular church goer, always remarked, together with others, that the sermon would never be planned. When standing in the pulpit, looking around to see who was present, the Vicar would simply launch forth accordingly.
Rowarth Avenue: Claude Rowarth was born and brought up in Ipswich. He joined Messers Fisons after the Second World War, where he worked until his retirement. If it were necessary to argue the case for part time ministry, the life and work of Claude would provide convincing evidence of its value. He served as part time minister.
Last update on Saturday 02 Feb 2019 by Alan Comber.