New homes on the newspaper site will be named Thomas Wolsey Place


06:30 12 June 2022

The new McCarthy Stone retirement home complex in Ipswich’s Lower Brook Street is to be named Thomas Wolsey Place after a suggestion from a retired journalist who worked on his site for more than 40 years.

Work on the new McCarthy Stone development began late last year and is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.
– Credit: Paul Geater

The new development of 51 apartments and 11 townhouses is set on the former site of the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star offices from where newspapers were produced for 49 years from 1967 to 2016.

Journalist David Vincent worked there for 41 years before the company moved in 2016 and followed the work with interest.

David Vincent

David Vincent, who suggested the name, worked on the site for the Star and EADT for over 40 years.
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He said: “I wrote to suggest the name. It’s particularly fitting because next year there is an anniversary (550 years since he was born) and that’s when the new development will open.”

It is believed that Wolsey was born very close to the site – probably in St. Peter’s Street and was baptized in St. Nicholas’ Church.

Events marking its anniversary are set to begin in March next year and will run for the next 550 days with the aim of showcasing the city’s history.

Cheryl Bissett, McCarthy Stone Divisional Sales and Marketing Director, said: “Thomas Wolsey was a hugely influential figure with great power bestowed on him during the reign of King Henry VIII.

“Henry trusted Wolsey to arrange some of the most important meetings with other rulers and served the King well during his time near the throne.

“With its birthplace in Ipswich and the town’s longstanding relationship with Thomas Wolsey, we thought it was fitting to name this development after him and we thank David for coming up with the name. We look forward to ‘welcome everyone to see Thomas Wolsey Place for themselves next year.

Thomas Wolsey Square

Thomas Wolsey Place is expected to be completed by the end of next year.
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When completed, Thomas Wolsey Place will consist of 25 one-bedroom apartments and 26 two-bedroom apartments, as well as 11 two-bedroom townhouses.

The development will feature a communal living area as well as a shared landscaped garden offering a relaxing outdoor retreat. There will also be a dedicated house manager and a 24 hour emergency call system.

The apartments began to be built in November 2021, with the first houses expected to be occupied early next year. The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023


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