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Road Naming


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-standing association with Scouts and Guides.

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-Z


Adams Place
Alberta Close
Alice Grange
Arkle Court
Ashdale Gardens
Ashdale Road
Ashdale Walk
Athroll Mews

The Backs (tba)
Baden Powell Walk
Bailey Avenue
Baird Grove (tba)
Banthorpe Grove
Banyard Close
Bartrum Lane
Battles Lane
Bell Barn Lane
Bell Lane
Bloomfield Court
Bodmin Close
Booth Lane
Bracken Avenue
The Bretts
Brights Walk
Broadhurst Terrace
Browns Grove
Brownsea Court
Bude Close
Bugsby Way
Bull Drive
Butler Smith Grdns

Camborne Road
Cambridge Road
Cardew Drift
Carlton Road
Castle Gardens (tba)
Catchpole Drive (tba)
Cedar Avenue
Century Drive
Chandler Court
Church Close
Columbia Close
The Combers
Cooks Close
Copswood Close
Cox Close
Cranwell Grove (tba)
Crawford Lane
Curtis Way

Dawson Drift
Deben Valley Drive
Dewar Lane
Dickinson Terrace
Dobbs Drift
Dobbs Lane
Dr. Watsons Lane
Dodson Vale
Durrant View

East View (tba)
Edmonton Close
Edmonton Road
Elmers Lane
Emerald Close
Evans Drift (tba)

Fairbairn Avenue
Falmouth Close
Farthing Walk
Felix Close
Fentons Way
Ferguson Way
The Fishers (tba)
Fletchers Lane
Foxhall Road
Fox Lea
Francis Close
Friends Walk

The Garrards (tba)
Gayfer Avenue
Gifford Close (tba)
Glanville Place
Godbold Close
Goodall Terrace
Goodman Grove
Gostling Place
Gowers Close
Grange Business Centre
Grange Close
Grange Lane
Grantchester Place
Gressland Court

Hall Road
Halls Drift

Hares Close
Harrison Grove
Hartree Way (Mar 03)

Hartree Way (Sep 09)
Haskins Walk
Hayward Fields
Heath View
Helston Close
Herbert Road
Histon Close
The Hollies
Holly Road
Howards Way
Howlett Close


Jackson Close
Jeavons Lane
Jennings Drift
Jewell View

Kays Close
Kinsey View
Knights Lane

Lankester Way
Largent Grove
Laurel Avenue
Llewellyn Drift (tba)
The Lloyds (tba)
Lummis Vale
Lyle Close
Lyon Close (tba)

Mackenzie Drive
Main Road
Mannall Walk
Marshall Close
Masterson Grove (tba)
Mead Drive

Mendip Drive
Michigin Close
Millennium Way
Montana Road
Moorfield Close

Newman Drive
Newquay Close
Nock Gardens

Offord Close
Ogden Grove
Orchard Grove
Oregon Road
Oxford Road

Padstow Road
Page Gardens
Peacock Street
Peart Grove
Peasey Gardens
Penryn Road
Penzance Road
Pepper Place
Pilbroughs Walk

Pinetree Close (now in Rushmere)
Pontins Walk (tba)
Potters Approach (tba)

Quantrill Terrace
Quebec Drive

Randall Close
Ranulph Close (tba)
Rayment Drift
Reeve Gardens
Roberts Close
Ropes Drive
Rowarth Avenue
Roy Close
The Royalls (tba)
Rupert Fison Square
Rush Court

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)
Scopes Road
Segger View (tba)
Sewell Wontner Close
Shelbourne Close
Sheppards Way
Sherwood Fields
Smiths Place
Spalding Lane (tba)
Spindler Close
Stammers Place
Stephen Road (Jul94)
Stephen Road (Oct 07)
Stewart Young Grove
Stollery Close

Tallboys Close
Terry Gardens
Thomas Crescent
Through Jollys
Tommy Flowers Drive
Tremlett Lane
Trinity Close
Truro Crescent
Turing Court
Turnbull Close
Turner Grove
Twelve Acre Approach

Upsons Way

Vincent Drift

Wades Grove
Wainwright Way
The Walk
Walker Chase (tba)
Wall Street
Wards View
Warren Chase
Webbs Court
White Lodge Gardens (tba)
The Whinneys
Wilding Drive
Wilkinson Drive (tba)
Wilkes Court (Mar04)

Wilkes Court (Sep 09)
Windiate Court (tba)
Windrush Road
Wolton Road
Woods Walk
The Woolnoughs
Wright Lane


Yew Tree Grove (now in Rushmere)


Kesgrave News - Mar 1994

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-committee to look into the problem and they, with the help of other interested parties, came up with the idea of naming roads after past and present! residents, characters and businesses. The first twelve names were to be after ex-employees and members of the two farming families who previously owned the land. These were selected by the vendors. Thus we started with the main through road,
Ropes Drive, after Mrs Rope and her son Crispin. Mrs Rope is sister to the late Philip Jolly who farmed most of the land. Mrs Ropes husband, Squadron Leader Rope, was killed in the R101 disaster at Beauvais on 5th October 1930. The Catholic Church of the Holy Family and St Michael was built in his memory. It was enlarged in the 1950's and the latest extension has just been completed.

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 - on the right of the A1214 opposite Sewells Garage.


Kesgrave News - Apr 1994

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 - the one by the C of E church to be called All Saints and the second St. Michael's after the Catholic church. This has now been done.

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 1964-1974. Bloomfield Court, Jack (John) worked at Grange Farm and Nurseries. He also served as a Parish Councillor for several years. 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 - for many years in the unmettled Grange Close and Grange Lane, and then in Glanville Place, first in a flat and later moving to a house in the same road. 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.


Kesgrave News - May 1994

This article continues with the ex-employees from Grange Farm, Nurseries and Bell Farm.

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 - Sid Page, hence Page Gardens. Sid lived at 29 St. Olaves Road until the outbreak of war. Sid's claim to fame is that he is pictured with E.S. Fenton in flg.13 of "The Story of Kesgrave" by Gerald and Margaret Ponting. Unfortunately this book is no longer in print and despite much effort a reprint has not been possible.

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 News - Jun 1994

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.

[added after article]

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.


Kesgrave News - Jul 1994

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-roads complete with a stake through the heart. Dobbs was buried at the bottom of what is now Dobbs Lane, the grave is still marked to this day by a stone. This was at the junction of the four parishes of Kesgrave, Foxhall, Martlesham and Brightwell. Many tales have been told of Dobbs, all unconfirmed, even to the extent that the grave was opened up by revellers from The Bell, with eventually one of them wearing one of Dobb's teeth on his watch chain!

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 - quite a colourful character with an equally colourful vocabulary!

Bracken Avenue is another development by Mr Knights, started in about 1938 and stopped for the duration of the war - all bungalows, bar one, and completed in about 1961. lt seems hard to believe that only a short time ago wooden poles lashed together with rope was the method of scaffolding. Bracken Avenue was named after nearby Bracken Hall.

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 - no idea of its origin.

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.


Kesgrave News - Aug 1994

In the reasoning for the names of Kesgrave's older roads a certain amount of poetic licence has been used together with tongue-in-cheek comments. Any facts would be gratefully received via the magazine.

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 - it's suggested that it's both Canadian and also after Seina Thorpe who was known as "Mother MacKenzie". She was a character who moved round the area pushing a pram collecting rags to be sold. She lived rough and many reckoned she was of Gypsy origin and had left the tribe.

Oxford Road and Cambridge Road - it's been suggested that the builder was a betting man who couldn't make up his mind on Boat Race Day!

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-explanatory. 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" - many thanks Reg. A Ranulph Glanville was a great lawyer and soldier who accompanied King Richard I to the Holy Land and lost his life there in 1190. Some years before his death he founded a priory at Butley in the year 1171. The priory had 38 churches under it's jurisdiction and Kesgrave was one of these. The church paid a tax to the Priory thus the parish priest of Kesgrave was appointed by the Priors of Butley.

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-aligned and that section virtually pedestrianised so becoming The Walk.


Kesgrave News - Sep 1994

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.


Kesgrave News - Oct 1994

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 - it was called Chester House after his wife's maiden name. Within the property was a surgery, waiting room and small dispensary. Patients used to come up the back path and enter a door which faced the present surgery. He left the practice in 1955 and Dr Crawford was joined by Dr Tom Fairbairn who had came from Glasgow to spend his trainee year in Aldeburgh. He lived in Chester House from 1955 until 1958. Dr Crawford became ill and died in 1958. Jimmy Dewar had been a student with Tom Fairbairn and came to Kesgrave as a locum and then to become a partner. He lived in Chester House with his wife and four children until 1964, when he decided to emigrate to Canada where he still lives. The present surgery was built in 1959.

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-retirement in 1989 and sadly died two months later. Until recently all doctors in the practice worked at both Woodbridge and Kesgrave but to give increased efficiency and service to their patients they now work at one surgery or the other. Dr Ashford and Dr Edwards now look after Kesgrave surgery, still part of the Woodbridge-Kesgrave practice. With the increase in population the surgery in Bell Lane is now very cramped. It is hoped a new surgery will be built near the Community Centre on the Grange Farm development in the near future.

Update - Jan 2013

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.  


Kesgrave News - Nov 1994

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 in creased 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-60s that he would take early retirement and sold his business to Sadlers & Co. of Ipswich.

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.


Kesgrave News - Dec 1994

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 1930-32. Due to ill health he was forced to leave the parish prior to the completion of the building project. In 1947 negotiations took place with Rev Wontner and a field between the church and the old Post Office was bought from the family for £450. Conditions were laid down by the vendor as to how it could be used. This formed the land onto which the old Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre was built. Upon the building of the Grange Farm development, the field and adjoining parcels of land were sold, together with the hail, and a new site was developed in Twelve Acre Approach. Part of the site reverted to the church.

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 - it seems hard in these days to think of the oil lighting used in 1938.

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 at Colchester Road Baptist Church and then, for many years, at Kesgrave Baptist Church in Cambridge Road, the building of which was in large measure due to his initiative and encouragement. He also held the unique distinction of being President of the Suffolk Baptist Union and Moderator of the Suffolk and Norfolk Association of Grace Baptist Churches. He retired from his business early, so that more time could be spent in the ministry, but died a few months later. The naming after him of the avenue on Grange Farm has unfortunately fallen to the common error of mis-spelling.

Rayment Drift: Mr and Mrs Rayment came to Kesgrave in 1940 when Harold was posted to RAF Martlesham. They lived at Main Road for a short while then moved into one of the first properties in Bracken Avenue. After early works within the church at Lowestoft, they quickly became involved at Kesgrave. From the early 1950's until the mid 1970's they ran the Sunday School. Harold was a lay reader at Kesgrave for approximately 35 years and his other duties included a spell as Church Warden.

Dodson Vale: Mr and Mrs A Dodson moved into one of the first new bungalows in Cambridge Road in 1925. The family quickly became involved in the local church. Over the years Mr Dodson served as Choirmaster, Treasurer, Church Warden and People's Warden. Mrs Dodson was Assistant Organist, became heavily involved in the Sunday School and was amongst the founder members of the local Women's Institute and Mothers Union.


Kesgrave News - Jul 1995 (Road Naming in Kesgrave - Part 11)

Adams Place: Roy Adams has been part of Kesgrave for more years than one can imagine! After attending the Kesgrave Area School he joined the Police Force and rose to a level in charge of the Sub Division of Suffolk Constabulary at Woodbridge which did, and still does include Kesgrave. Roy has always been deeply involved with Kesgrave Church and Kesgrave Tennis Club and was chairman of the KWMCC in the 60's.

Stollery Close: George Stollery and his family lived in and around Kesgrave from the 1920's moving between Holly Road, Main Road and Carlton Road. George was the founder chairman of the committee set up to decide how to honour the Kesgrave people who had served during the war and thus the Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre started. George himself fought at the Somme in the 1st World War. After seeing the opening of our fine new hall, he died in 1991 aged 92. His photograph now hangs in the entrance hall. Another link between these two roads is that Eileen Adams, Roy Adams wife, is George Stollery's daughter.

Elmers Lane and Quantrills Terrace: Elmers Hardware opened for business in May 1959 in one unit at Edmonton Road. In 1966 the adjoining unit was purchased from Quantrill's the Grocers and the two properties knocked into one. The opening coincided with the Apollo 11 blast off for the first moon landing!

In 1982 expansion continued to 5,000 sq ft including both hardware and groceries. In the late '80's the grocery business fell away to the multiples and eventually closed. Thus we have the present hardware shop.

Shelbourne Close: Shelbourne is another old Kesgrave family from the mid 20's who occupied one of the "new" bungalows at 9 Main Road. the family were greatly involved in the formation of the local branch of the British Legion, Bowls Club, Grower Association and Mothers Union. Geoff, the son, was a regular member of the church choir and a keen member of the, now defunct, Lads Club as ran by a local schoolmaster, Mr Holmes, around the early '30's.

Geoff returned to Kesgrave after war service in the RAF to marry a local girl, Muriel Dodson, daughter of A Dodson –Dodson Vale. He helped in the voluntary building of the first KWMCC Hall. His sister Olive ran the Brownies for over 22 years while his daughter was responsible for running the local Ranger Guides.

Wilding Drive: The Wilding family have been around in Kesgrave for many years and have been responsible for much of the building and smaller works within the village. Bobby's father, Walter, worked at Grange Farm as lorry driver and Bobby's Uncle Ted was foreman with W 0 Jolly.

Ferguson Way: Although the smallest road of the development it is named to honour Henry Ferguson for his unstinting work as Parish Clerk and his enthusiasm in providing the village with Parish Council Offices. His forward thinking will enable the Parish to go forward into the 2000's with an office envied by many.

And now to the last name in the present series –
Bugsby Way: Well, what can I say. My family are comparative newcomers to the village, only arriving in 1947. Father was a Parish Councillor before me and I have had the privilege of serving the community for about 30 years. I have always been interested in village life and deemed it an honour to be able to name the new roads, with the help of Mrs Shirley Coupe, within the varying themes already decided upon by the Council. I hope that I will be involved with future development and the naming of more roads as the Grange Farm development continues to expand. It has been an interesting task.

Norman Bugg


Kesgrave News - Mar 2003 (Road Naming In Kesgrave)

It's now some time since the last article appeared but from the time of naming until the development has taken place is often a year or so.

St. Isidors: So called after the Patron Saint of Farming. He was born in the 11th century in Spain of poor parents. His devotion to prayer often made him late for his work as a Farm Labourer. On one occasion he was taking grain to be milled and came across some hungry birds he stopped and gave them half a sack of grain but upon reaching the mill, the remainder of the bag produced twice the usual amount of flour.

St. Martins Court: So named after St. Martins in the Field church in London. Alice and W 0 Jolly were married at this church in 1923. Another member of the family noticed an advertisement for the sale of the Grange Farm at Kesgrave whilst the couple were away thus the Grange Farm was purchased and the Jolly family arrived in Kesgrave.

Wikes Court: Sir Maurice Wilkes built and operated the first real electronic computer, which could do useful calculations using a true program. The computer was known as the EDSAC. This stands for Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator. The general principles of the EDSAC still govern most computers today. The EDSAC was built at Cambridge University and was completed in 1949.

Hartree Way: Douglas Hartree was the first European to program a computer in 1945. The Americans had built the ENIAC an electronic computer without a stored program. They required advice from someone to make proper usage of the machine and Douglas Hartree was approached. He was an authority on mathematics and became involved with the calculations. Its first use was to calculate the trajectory of shells under varying conditions, this was followed by design work for the building of the Hydrogen bomb. The works of this man are still quoted in atomic physics to this day, 45 years after his death.

A commemoration of these men who produced the first computers, including Wilkes and Hartree, is proposed to be erected on the open space in front of Baden Powell Walk.

N R Bugg


Kesgrave News - Jul 2004

In the latest in an occasional series, Norman Bugg explains some of the road names used for new developments in Kesgrave.

Each area of the Grange Farm development has had the title of the road based upon a theme, this latest article refers to our local policemen.

Stammers Place: PC Stammers 176 - PC Stammers came to Kesgrave in 1948 and lived in Ashdale Road until the new Police House was built at 221 Main Road. He was very active and very devoted In his position. No matter whether it was day or night one was never certain as to where he would appear!

He gained promotion to the rank of sergeant and was moved to Copdock/ Capel in mid-1954. At this time Kesgrave was much smaller and his knowledge of the district was a feature to be admired.

Goodall Terrace: PC Goodall 251 - PC Goodall came to Kesgrave in 1955 six months after PC Stammers had left. In the interim period we had a PC Cobb to hold the fort. PC Goodall lived at the police house and was quite a nifty person on his bicycle.

He served the parish well and administered his duties with a firm but fair approach. He left us in 1961 and was transferred to Grundisburgh where he stayed for a short period before taking over as the licensee of The Albion Mills public house in Woodbridge Road Ipswich.

Warren Chase: PC Warren 344 - PC Warren came to Kesgrave in 1967. He also lived in the Police house on Main Road. He was a younger man and had different ways to his predecessors plus the fact his family had associations with Kesgrave.

It is difficult to keep a trace of each of the policemen and I cannot find out where he was moved on to, but no doubt someone will let me know.

Durrant View: PC Durrent 383 - PC Durrant arrived in Kesgrave 1979 also moving into Main Road. He also spent a lot of his time patrolling on his bicycle. During his time with us the patrol car was introduced and this meant that duties would no longer just cover Kesgrave alone. His time had to be spread with Bealings, Martlesham, Playford, Foxhall and, at times, Woodbridge.

This resulted in cover for Kesgrave being shared by the Woodbridge division and one did not have sole claim over our local policeman. PC Durrant moved onto Felixstowe in 1983 and is still in the force.

Haskins Walk: PC Haskins 561 - PC Haskins came to Kesgrave in 1986. He was a large man with a very large character. Like many of his predecessors, also took to the bicycle but it had to be strengthened and it was a common occurrence for him to loose his helmet while riding under the direction sign just outside Kesgrave Church.
He was most fair and had a wonderful sense of humour both on and off duty. He left the force and for a time worked at police headquarters as a civilian.

Norman Bugg


Road naming article No 14

This article features an individual of Kesgrave whom the Town Council supported in his pursuits as mentioned below.

Curtis Way - Kevin Curtis lives in Kesgrave in his own bungalow and drives his own modified V.W camper plus a glorious 3 wheeled type motor cycle. He has spent many years as a yatchman and in 1966 was a member of the Paralympic team and gained a team Gold at the Yachting in Atlanta US.

Other achievements are:
1992 - Joint BT yachtsman of the year, Ipswich Sports personality. World disabled sailing champion.

1995 - European Team chapions at Murcia Spain. Silk Cut helmsman of the year.

1981, 1986 - Challenger National Sailing Champion.

1991, 1993 - Single handed Trimaran

Kevin sails locally at Alton Water Sports Centre also at Haven Ports Yacht Club at Levington. He is President of the Ipswich disabled Advice Bureau and a member player of the Suffolk Wheelchair Tennis Group which plays at Kesgrave Tennis Club.


Road naming article No 15

So far each area has been named after a Theme and I continue with the idea devoted to Guiding and Scouting.

Baden Powell Walk - Baden Powell was the founder of the Boy Scouts in 1908 and the GIRL, guides in 1910.He was Chief Scout of the world from 1921 to his death in 1941.

Bailey Avenue - Stan was enrolled into the movement in 1929 and became an Assistant Cub Master in 1936 at Gravesend to then become a Scout leader I from 1938 to 1950.After moving around the UK he settled in Kesgrave and was quickly asked to take on the Kesgrave Scout Group on a temporary scale.This was in 1959 and in 1977 his work took him to Newmarket but by 1982 the task of running the group as well as his daily journey became too much and he resigned as leader.For a short period he ran the Cubs.He received the long service award in 1962,the medal of merit in 1977 and the Silver Acorn in 1981.As he always maintained the average length of time a leader holds a warrant is only 2 years he was an exception or quite mad!!!. But would have not wished for anything different.

Brights Walk - The name of Bright has been associated with Scouting and Guiding in Kesgrave for many years,Rowland and his brother went throu Cubs,Scouts, Seniors and Rover Scouts from approx 1938 to 1950's. In 1950 Rowland met up with an Elsie Adams and together ran the Cub Pack for about 4 years.In 1953 they married. ln 1970 Elsie went back to Guiding and continued until 1996 upon her retirement. Both of the daughters and niece became involved as guiders with the Rainbows, Brownies and Rangers. At present a granddaughter is also involved with the running of Guides together with Elsie, Rowlands daughters and niece.


Kesgrave News - Dec 2006 (The Long and Winding Road(s)

- Street Naming In Kesgrave part 16.)

It has been a while since I started my articles on the origin of the street names of Kesgrave. It is hoped that upon the completion of all developments within the town a booklet can be published so that records can be held for ever. As a guide many themes have been used to achieve various ideas — past workers of the Grange Farm, local doctors, past farm managers, business people and many more. I have already mentioned the theme of Scouting in my previous article. And so on with the next bunch.

Terry Gardens: Without "Skip" Terry it could be said that Scouting would not have reached the footing within the area. Back in the mid 20's he formed the 1st Kesgrave Scout Group in an annex behind Kesgrave House, now demolished, to make way for The Walk. Skip also found time to take an active part in the St John Ambulance Brigade. He was a brilliant cornet player with Woodbridge Excelsior Band, a keen gardener both professionally and within his own garden and allotment. In his spare time he earned a living by being a caretaker both at the Church Hall and the Area School, now Kesgrave High School.

Goodman Grove: In the era of 1925 to 28 Mary Barnes, together with a friend, formed the Kesgrave Guide Group. She lived at Kesgrave Hall and was the daughter of Col Barnes. Miss Barnes met and married to later settle in Bealings with her husband Major Goodman. Other guiders followed including Edith Ward later to become Mrs Howlett thus Howlett Close.

The Bright family have been mentioned in my previous article.

Jeavons Lane: Olive Jeavons has been involved with Kesgrave Guides and Brownies in many capacities for many years and has just received a Service to the Community award.

Another future guider arrived in Kesgrave from Australia aged five to live in Bell Lane. She joined the Brownies and gradually climbed the ladder to become "Tawny Owl". Somewhere along the line she found time to marry and thus we arrive at
Lyle Close.

Norman R Bugg


Kesgrave News - Jan 2007 (Road Naming In Kesgrave no 17)

Continuing his occasional articles on the origin of street names in Kesgrave, in part 17 Norman Bugg looks at those streets named for people who have contributed to Scouting and Guiding in Kesgrave.

The Combers: Celia and Alan moved to Kesgrave over 20 years ago and at the time Alan took on the role of Akela to keep the Cub Pack open. He ran this for five years and during that time Celia became treasurer of the Group.

Alan then went on to help with the Scout Troop and is now a Scout Leader. He identified the need to expand the Group to cater for the Grange Farm Development expansion. He then became the driving force behind ambitious plans to build a new Scout Hall within the area of a parcel of land adjoining Tesco. This area now houses the Doctors Surgery, Day Centre, Scout Hall and Play Group, together with public parking. The Scout Hall took about 12 years to reach completion, much by contract and an awful lot by parents and helpers.

The Combers have played a major role in community events such as Firework Nights, Kesgrave Capers, Family Day and the Christmas Post scheme. Celia has also supported many other organisations and helped School PFA's with their accounts.

Together they are also involved in Kesgrave News as Chairman and Treasurer and are founder members of the 2nd Stop Shop. Alan is a Town Councillor, Trustee of Community Centre and a member of the Local youth Forum. His other activities are too numerous to mention.

Alan and Celia have been the backbone of recent Scouting in Kesgrave. Without the enthusiasm of the Comber family the new Scout Hall complete with its facilities would not have got off the ground.

I'm sorry to say but at this moment of time The Combers is the smallest road on the Grange Farm Development. But believe me, it will grow in a true Comber fashion!

Wades Grove: Mark joined Scouting in 1949 and proceeded through the movement to become a Cub Master and then on to District Cub Master followed by being a Venture Scout Leader. Progressing onwards he became Assistant District Commissioner and finally Assistant County Commissioner of Beaver Scouts. During his time in Scouting he gained the Long Service Award Medal of Merit, Silver Acorn and Bar for his services to Scouting.

Peacock Street: Mike started as an assistant Scout leader with the 12th Ipswich Scout Group in 1947 and gradually moved around the District to become District Commissioner from 1977 until 1982. He gained the Medal of Merit, Long Service and Bar together with the Silver Acorn for services to Scouting. Nothing was ever too much trouble for Mike or his wife Doreen. During their spell in Kesgrave she helped in many ways with Scouting and working for the disabled.

[added after the article]

Tremlett Lane: Named after Paul Tremlett a Venture Leader with 1st Kesgrave Scout Group in the 1990's.

Turnbull Close: Named after Gordon Turnbull a Scout Leader with 1st Kesgrave Scout Group in the 1970's.

Wall Street: Named after Margaret Wall a Guide Leader.


Kesgrave News - Feb 2007 (Road Naming in Kesgrave no18)

This article covers the businessmen of the past from Kesgrave.

Banthorpe Grove: Mr Banthorpe ran a Coal and general haulage business from 163 Main Road alongside the driveway to Kesgrave Fruit Farm. He was known for his steadiness in driving his lorry. No fear of breaking the speed limit as he never got within 10 miles of it. He was also a most respected member of the local constabulary as a Special Constable. The coal yard and business were sold onto a Mr Gower (see Gowers Close).

Deben Valley Drive: This was named after the business at 1 and 3 Dobbs Lane and was run by my family (Mr Bugg) together with three assistants and a Mobile Vehicle. We arrived in Kesgrave on Good Friday 1947 only to find that the previous owner had misread the agreement. Our furniture was unloaded into the garden and tilted over until later in the day a removal lorry was organised to allow us entry to our new home. At that time the shop consisted of two units with a small access between. Father's aim was to knock the two units into one. By 1950 this had been achieved and a typical Village Store had been established. Any item that was asked for was then stocked and in recent years it could only be related to "Open All Hours". Unfortunately round about 1959 Mum had a stroke and Dad suffered from a breakdown. Thus Deben Valley was placed on the market. We had been caught up financially with bulk buying to combat the growth of the Super Markets. Thus the business was sold and taken over by an investor who then installed a manager. The family spirit was quickly lost and with succeeding managers and owners we now see Domino Pizza and Threshers Wine on the

Dickinson Terrace: Mr Dickinson ran an Electrical Contracting business from about 45 Main Road. He had wired many of the older type properties which were in the original Kesgrave such as Windrush Rd, Main Rd, Cambridge Rd, Bell Lane, Edmonton Rd, Dobbs Lane and Holly Rd. Not a very large village. Also he ran the local business of recharging Accumulators for the early radios.

Godbold Close: Mr Godbold, always known as "Frank", was a jobbing builder who operated from 6 Ashdale Road and was always prepared to tackle any task within the trade. He was a brilliant bricklayer, good at carpenrty, plumbing and decorating. He was one ne of the real old timers. He would obtain most of his business at either The Bell or Edmonton Road Social Club with occasional visits to the Social club in Deben Avenue. Many mornings after his night out he would be seen walking back to one of the haunts to retrieve his bicycle so that works could proceed complete with handcart.

Norman Bugg


Kesgrave News - Oct 2007 - Continuation of Business People of Kesgrave

Jackson Close: It is surprising that in Kesgrave we had two Mr Jacksons both of whom ran a roadwork type of business.

The first Mr Jackson took over Gayfers Concrete of Dobbs Lane. This was a company that made blocks, paving slabs, kerb stones and in fact any item made of concrete. After the purchase the business was renamed as "Roadworks". This enterprise grew and grew and became a company to build houses, roads, commercial buildings and motorways. They operated both in East Anglia and over many parts of the country later diversifying onto railways as well. They eventually outgrew the site and moved into Ipswich after which they were taken over by a company from Derbyshire. They still retain an office and works within Suffolk.

The second Mr Jackson of St Olaves Road Kesgrave ran a smaller type of business involved in contracts for tennis courts, driveways, large carparks and roadways in local smaller builds. He was a keen member of KWMCC in its earlier days and was never afraid of speaking his mind. He eventually left Kesgrave and moved to Ufford.

Peart Grove: Mr Peart of 39 Main Road Kesgrave (or thereabouts) was a man who, with his sons, was involved in the timber trade. They would trim or fell trees and then log them up in readiness to be offered for sale to locals for fuel in place of coal. His property on Main Road could never be seen as the mountain of logs was always higher than the bungalow!

Stephen Road: - This road owes it name to Stephen Knights of 81 Dobbs Lane (see Knights Lane). He was well known for the solid way he built the bungalows throughout Kesgrave and district. Many locals will still complain as to the difficulty to fix pictures, hooks and obtain a fixing into the walls which were always built of the famous "Peterborough" bricks. I can vouch for this as I live in a "Knights" built bungalow.

Vincent Drift: - Mr Eddie Vincent operated from 1 Holly Road (or it was in those days). He was another of the small type builders we had in the village. He is probably more remembered for his association with the Kesgrave Village Produce Association. He with others ran sales of all types of seeds, plants and produce from the outbuildings within his property. The association boasted membership of over 1,000 in its prime. On a Saturday and Sunday it was extremely difficult to thanoeuvre in Holly Road with large numbers of people appearing from Eddie's with barrow loads of fertiliser, seed potatoes and plants.

The Woolnoughs: - For many years Mrs Woolnough ran the Village Post Office on Main Road (now Bairstow Eves). Coupled with this business she had a sideline of second hand clothing. Many times one would have to wait to purchase a stamp when a likely sale of clothing was underway. At a later stage her son joined in the business and eventually took over. Peter was also quite a character, in that time didn't matter and the hours of opening were never regular, but the post always seemed to get delivered as the sorting office for Kesgrave was in a shed at the rear of the property. He eventually retired to live in Martlesham and the post office was taken over by Mr Bloomfield.

Norman Bugg


Kesgrave News - Nov 2007 (ROAD NAMING NO 20)

Rupert Fison Square: Mr Fison MBE lived in what was known as Kesgrave House. This was a property in Bell Lane on the opposite side to the Bell Inn and now mostly occupied by an area known as The Walk. He was a local solicitor and ran a business at Felixstowe for 50 years which was sold to Blocks in the early 1980's. One of his great passions was golfing and he was known as"Dr Gol' for his help and assistance to others.

The Hollies: This development used the name for advertising the site and very quickly properties were moved into and no application for naming had been received thus the name stuck.

Farthing Walk: This passageway was named after the site foreman who was in charge of building the above properties. On his way to work from the Stowmarket area one morning on his motor cycle he was knocked off and subsequently killed. The developers and family attended a very pleasant ceremony and reception when the name board was erected.

Hall Road: This is the road that leads from the main road to Bealings cross road, it was so named many years ago after the entrance to Kesgrave Hall was moved from between 306 and 308 Main Road. Many people locally refer to the road as Bealings Road.

Brownsea Court: The development was part of the area associated with Scouting and came from Baden Powell's first attempt at taking a party of lads camping. From the simple idea the Scouting movement was formed.

Century Drive and Millennium Way: These two roads are really self explanatory as they were to represent the big jump from the 1900 hundreds to 2000.

Norman Bugg


Kesgrave News - Jan 2008 (Road Naming in Kesgrave 21)

Bull Drive: So called after one of the memorable Chairman of the KWMCC. John was a pleasure to work under. You always had his full support and backing. He had very good ideas but usually had to be restrained from launching forth. He was not afraid of work and was present at every function.

Bartrum Lane: Bill appeared as if by magic from out of the "Blue". He soon settled in and became a valuable member of our team. Once again another committee member who was prepared to work for the raising of funds and the Village Hall in the voluntary build of this very large project.

Cox Close: Mrs Cox together with her many dogs lived on the corner of Windrush and Main Road. Here as well as at Mrs Peasey's collections of assembled jumble would arrive from all over the parish. Once a month a team of us would be summoned and would transport said jumble to the Church Hall where it was hoped it would all be sold. This was never achieved thus the jumble went back to Main Road again and was repeated until such time as funds were raised!

Halls Drift: Peter looked me up on his arrival in Kesgrave after loosing contact for several years. Typical of him he immediately became deeply involved in Kesgrave and was one of the first with the Masque Players. I remember Peter for his enthusiasm towards the Village Fete. He would organise every thing required to run the now defunct Miss Kesgrave competition including the cup, judges, open topped cars, prizes and the dance for the evening function. On one occasion he even produced a film of the afternoon and this has been recorded on "Silent Video".

Nock Gardens: I cannot mention Mrs Nock without either Mrs Cox or Mrs Peasey. These three were inseparable and worked as a team in money raising efforts. Whenever a cup of Tea was required "Nocky" would appear as if from nowhere complete with tea in her hand.

Peasey Gardens: Mrs Peasey was one of the most remarkable ladies I have ever met. I am convinced she did not require sleep as the amount of produce that appeared for any cake, jar or bottle stall could not be made by one person in such a short time. On many occasions I had a complete van load of goods to transport. She was a tireless worker and would tackle all domestic jobs. If curtains were required who made them? However we did draw a line at making the stage curtains and put the task out to contract.

Alice Grange/St Martins Court: Why Alice Grange? Well most people realise the land the Grange Farm development is built on was farm land. The Farmhouse pub is the original farm house and was the home Alice Jolly and her husband William bought in 1922. Alice was born in 1874 and her father was a Lincolnshire farmer. She met William Oliver Jolly in London where he was serving his apprenticeship in the tea trade.

They married in 1899 at St Martin in the Fields and it is for this reason that St Martins Court, just across the road from Alice Grange, is so named. Moving first to Westerfield, Alice and William came to Kesgrave as their five children began to grow up. Alice moved with her 15 year old daughter into a building which was in such a state that it could only be occupied on the ground floor — the upper floors being used for farm storage. Alice and her daughter had no proper sanitation, no electricity, no running water and had to cook over an open fire for months while the Grange was made habitable and indeed mains water was not put on to the Grange until the 1950's — drinking water was collected from the roofs and a well the garden.

Alice, who died in 1956, remained very close to her family and apart from this devoted herself to charitable work. Much of this was involved with the Roman Catholic Church, but other aspects included such things as buying a bungalow in Kesgrave to house a Jewish family fleeing fro Austria in 1938. The Jolly family are delighted to have Alice remembered in this Care Home, built on land close to her home.

Norman Bugg


Kesgrave News - Mar 2008 (Road Naming in Kesgrave No 22 by Norman Bugg)

Webbs Court: Syd and his family arrived at 299 Main Road in the late 1940s to a bungalow without heating, hot water or any mod cons, all of which was rectified. He quickly introduced himself to my father at the shop on the corner of Dobbs Lane. They immediately formed a friendship, Syd had job at the Woodbridge Post Office.

He soon became involved in village life and became Chairman of KWMCC fund raising committee, organised various village fetes, joined the VPA, audited many local charities "books" and relieved the local Post Master during his holiday period. Syd was an active member of the PTA at Kesgrave Secondary Modern, as it was then. He was greatly involved with the youngsters in the village and raised a great deal of money for the building of the first KWMCC hall. This included socials held at the "tin" hut at Martlesham on a Saturday evening with him and father organising a bus to run through Kesgrave to get the paying public to part with monies all towards a good cause. As a just reward for his efforts his daughter's wedding reception was the first function to be held in a the partially built KWMCC.

Wards View: This site was named in memory of Fred Ward and Betty Aggis who were killed when an F100 Super Sabre jet crashed onto Falcon Caravans in January 1957 completely destroying two properties and damaging many others. Several caravans were wrecked. Mr and Mrs Ward came to Kesgrave in 1932. He worked as a foreman with Suffolk County Council. He had a very large plot and was keen in all aspects of agriculture including keeping chickens and pigs. The family also increased with the addition of a daughter and two sons and, in time, by seven grandchildren. Eve, the daughter, married and moved to Watford. Fred (junior) was called up and became a fighter pilot. He married Jean and they built a bungalow on land adjoining father's house at 269 Main Road, Kesgrave. Fred worked as Regional Manager for the Gas Board. They had three Children. Fred and Jean will be remembered by locals as they ran a greengrocery shop alongside the property after Fred took early retirement. This provided an outlet for produce from the large garden but the business quickly.


Kesgrave News - Apr 2008 (Road Naming in Kesgrave No 23)

Jennings Drift: Mrs Jennings of St Olaves Road worked as a Post Lady for more years than one remembers. She delivered from the Main Road Post Office to the bottom of Dobbs Lane. During busy periods her husband was always on call to assist. Keeping the post in the family her son, Billy also took on a round in West Kesgrave before transferring to Ipswich postal office.

Offord Close: David and his wife came to Kesgrave in January 1980 and opened the Penzance Road Post Office and Christine’s Pantry. They have been part of the community ever since, always at the ready to assist both old and young with solving problems. I am sure that many people would not have been able to fill in the many postal forms without David’s help. My memories of Christine’s Pantry are of the lovely smell of fresh baked bread and cakes.

Pepper Place: This road name covers a family who between them gave about 60 years to delivering mail in Kesgrave. The road was named after the middle generation. Jean Pepper describes the work as sorting the post in an old shed at the rear of the Post Office on the Main Road (now Bairstow Eves) which was very cold as no heat was provided and the first task most mornings at 5.00am was to chase the mice out from the building. She sums it all up by saying, “We were a happy bunch and enjoyed our work.” Her mother Mrs Pearsons spent about 30 years on deliveries, while Mrs Roe, the daughter and granddaughter, spent approximately seven years in postal duties.

As a note I would like to include other loyal “Posties” from Kesgrave as Mary Gorham, Florrie Farthing, Gladys Hart, Len Wardley, Sandra Brett, Pat Warren and Bessie Jones.

Spindler Close: Margaret spent over 22 years delivering mail in Kesgrave and we must remember most of this period included two deliveries a day all accomplished on a bicycle in all weathers. The residents were sorry when she retired and made a collection so that a garden hammock could be presented to her.

Woods Walk: Known as Woody he was never short of a chat but always a good and conscientious worker. He seemed to spend more time walking rather than riding his bicycle.


Jork Andrews - Sep 2009

Jork Andrews worked for Tommy Flowers from 1962 to 1967 - and much later held his post.

Tommy Flowers Drive: Tommy Flowers, was an engineer from the Post Office Research Station (Dollis Hill), who worked on special-purpose electromechanical devices for Bletchley Park ie Colossus, during the 2nd world war.

Broadhurst Terrace: Jork worked for Syd Broadhurst in 1956 who was highly regarded by Tommy and contributed to the mechanical switching which was part of the early code breaking scene eg the Heath Robinson which preceded Colossus.

Chandler Court: Jork also knew Bill Chandler as a friend at work in the 70's and was likely to have been Tommy's most valuable electronic design "aide" during all of the Colossus work.

Turing Court: Named after the great mathematician and philosopher, Alan Turing who was involved with 3 of the first 6 computers including colussus.

Newman Drive: Named after Max Newman (born Neumann), Alan Turing’s lecturer who was in charge of the section at Bletchley Park that worked on Colossus.

Wilkes Court: - Named after Maurice Wilkes who was involved in much early work on computer architecture including development of "time-sharing"

Hartree Way: - Hartree was much involved with software development.


Other - May 2010

Although Norman Bugg didn't write articles covering the following roads, these are likely to have been named for the following reasons.

Foxhall Road: The road leading to the parish of Foxhall.

Grange Business Centre: Named after Grange Farm, the farm that the Kegsrave housing development now sits on.

Gressland Court: Gressland is the orginal name for Kesgrave.

Hares Close: Named after Rev Hares vicar of Kesgrave 1976 - 1998.

Kays Close: Named after Kay Cook, who was chairman of the Community Centre for many years and managed the transition from the old hall by All Saint Roundabout to the new site in Twelve Acre Approach.

Kinsey View: Named after Gordon Kinsey the author who has written a number of historic books including: Aviation - Flight over the Eastern Counties since 1937; Martlesham Heath - The Story of the Royal Air Force Station 1917-1973; Orfordness - Secret Site, Seaplanes - Felixstowe - The Story of the Air Station, 1913-1963 etc.

Lankester Way: Named after Beryl Lankester who was I believe involved with the Royal British Legion. The footpath appropraitely joins Bell Lane with Legion Green.

Main Road: The main road through Kesgrave.

Mead Drive: Named after Peggy and David Mead who were heavily involved with the community centre, especially the Tennis club over many year. David was also a Town Councillor and was behind making Kesgrave a Town in the year 2000.

Ogden Grove: Named after Sally Ogden who manages the Second Stop Charity shop which raised significant funds towards the new 1st Kesgrave Scout Group Hall and the community centre sports hall. It also raises funds for SPARK. Sally is also a Town Councillor and District Councillor.