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The Dereliction of Suffolk County Council, Ipswich, Suffolk - 3rd April 2012

Nosher's in Ipswich for a hair cut, but once that's done there's a bit of time to roam around town on the lookout for dereliction. A good source of this is Nosher's former place of work - the old Suffolk County Council HQ, or County Hall, around Rope Walk and St Helen's Street. It's scandalous to see the decay that's setting in to these once functional, vibrant and, in the case of St. Helen's Court, impressive buildings, for no particular reason other than presumably some building project that ran out of money. It's also unsettling in a existential/post-apocalyptic/28 Days Later style to see places actually worked in falling apart like this.

next album: Evelyn and "Da Wheeze", and Lunch at the Cock Inn, Brome, Ipswich and Diss - 9th April 2012
previous album: A Day at Banham Zoo, Banham, Norfolk - 2nd April 2012

2012 Derelict buildings near Stoke Bridge

Derelict buildings near Stoke Bridge

2012 A blue octopus, and some chromostereopsis

A blue octopus, and some chromostereopsis

2012 St. Nicholas Street, Ipswich

St. Nicholas Street, Ipswich

2012 Funky street art on a boarded-up building

Funky street art on a boarded-up building

2012 A market in Cornhill, Ipswich

A market in Cornhill, Ipswich

2012 The old Woolworth's building

The old Woolworth's building

2012 The old co-operative building

The old co-operative building

2012 The back of the Co-Operative Building in Ipswich

The back of the Co-Operative Building in Ipswich

2012 The burnt-out remains of St. Michael's Church

The burnt-out remains of St. Michael's Church

2012 St. Michael's on Upper Orwell Street

St. Michael's on Upper Orwell Street

2012 The remains of Barnes of Ipswich Ltd on Upper Orwell Street

The remains of Barnes of Ipswich Ltd on Upper Orwell Street

2012 A ghost of the former Odeon sign

A ghost of the former Odeon sign

2012 The former Odeon Cinema building

The former Odeon Cinema building

2012 The wrecked clock tower of St Helen's Court

The wrecked clock tower of St Helen's Court

2012 The 'World Food Store' on St Helen's Street

The 'World Food Store' on St Helen's Street

2012 St. Michael's Church, from a car park

St. Michael's Church, from a car park

2012 The corner of St. Helen's Street and Bond Street

The corner of St. Helen's Street and Bond Street

2012 The castle-like entrance of St. Helen's Court

The castle-like entrance of St. Helen's Court

2012 The fire escape around the back of the main hall

The fire escape around the back of the main hall

2012 The back of St. Helen's and the 'staff' entrance

The back of St. Helen's and the 'staff' entrance

2012 The atrium entrance to the Council Chambers and the rest of Chief Execs, etc

The atrium entrance to the Council Chambers and the rest of Chief Execs, etc

2012 A furnace chimney with 'St Helens' on it

A furnace chimney with 'St Helens' on it

2012 The back of St. Andrew's - former home of Libraries & Heritage and Education

The back of St. Andrew's - former home of Libraries & Heritage and Education

2012 Smashed windows in the main hall

Smashed windows in the main hall

2012 Another view of the burnt out remains of St. Michael's Church, as seen from Bond Street

Another view of the burnt out remains of St. Michael's Church, as seen from Bond Street

2012 The mostly glassless main window of St. Michael's

The mostly glassless main window of St. Michael's

2012 Wrecked buildings

Wrecked buildings

2012 Boarded up building on the corner of Grimwade Street and Rope Walk

Boarded up building on the corner of Grimwade Street and Rope Walk

2012 St. Edmund House - the old County Council offices

St. Edmund House - the old County Council offices

2012 The derelict remains of the SCC Social Club on Rope Walk

The derelict remains of the SCC Social Club on Rope Walk

2012 The steps up to the SCC Social Club

The steps up to the SCC Social Club

2012 Funky new college buildings where the car park used to be

Funky new college buildings where the car park used to be

2012 The old entrance to the Social Club is now in use as a homeless bedroom

The old entrance to the Social Club is now in use as a homeless bedroom

2012 The entrance to the former staff car park

The entrance to the former staff car park

2012 The last vestiges of Suffolk County Council St. Edmund House - Nosher's old office

The last vestiges of Suffolk County Council St. Edmund House - Nosher's old office

2012 The Grimwade Street entrance to St. Andrew's

The Grimwade Street entrance to St. Andrew's

2012 The barrier to St. Andrew's Grimwade Street entrance is a bit wrecked

The barrier to St. Andrew's Grimwade Street entrance is a bit wrecked

2012 Nature relaims the drive up past St. Andrew's

Nature relaims the drive up past St. Andrew's

2012 Relatively unscathed windows on St. Andrew House

Relatively unscathed windows on St. Andrew House

2012 St. Andrew's main entrance

St. Andrew's main entrance

2012 A wrought iron gate

A wrought iron gate

2012 The front entrance to St. Andrew House is now a wino's hang-out

The front entrance to St. Andrew House is now a wino's hang-out

2012 Boarded up doors, badly-drawn swasticas and rubble

Boarded up doors, badly-drawn swasticas and rubble

2012 A burned-out garage on Grimwade Street

A burned-out garage on Grimwade Street

2012 A mostly-empty shop on St. Helen's Street

A mostly-empty shop on St. Helen's Street

2012 Boarded-up windows and a K6 phone box on St. Helen's Street

Boarded-up windows and a K6 phone box on St. Helen's Street

2012 Heavily littered steps down to the basement

Heavily littered steps down to the basement

2012 The former Odeon cinema

The former Odeon cinema

2012 Back-of-a-building signage for Fresh Kebab

Back-of-a-building signage for Fresh Kebab

2012 A last look at the old Co-op building

A last look at the old Co-op building

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Derelict buildings near Stoke Bridge