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JudithM

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Re: Then & Now
« Reply #1144 on: September 09, 2019, 01:30:39 PM »
Duddeston Mill Road in the early to middle 1960's and again today, taken from outside the railway carriage cleaning sheds  next door to Vauxhall & Duddeston Station.
Well, the pylon & the distant tower are still there...
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Re: Then & Now
« Reply #1145 on: September 09, 2019, 01:41:04 PM »
Judith the distant tower you refer to is the church of St Saviours on St Saviour Road.
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« Reply #1146 on: September 09, 2019, 02:14:51 PM »
The West Midlands Fire Service Headquarters on Vauxhall Road that was once the Site of the Co-op Dairy.
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Re: Then & Now
« Reply #1147 on: September 10, 2019, 09:59:26 AM »
halfway up Soho Hill Handsworth looking down Wretham Road.
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JudithM

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Re: Then & Now
« Reply #1148 on: September 10, 2019, 12:54:55 PM »
At the top of Soho Hill Handsworth looking down Villa Road.
That church spire looks much reduced.  Was it damaged?
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« Reply #1149 on: September 10, 2019, 01:14:56 PM »
Well Spotted Judith, you are right I chose the wrong location for the "Now" image. It is in fact halfway up Soho Hill and its the church that was in Wretham Road that is no longer there today. I have rectified the post and image, thanks again for pointing it out.
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JudithM

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« Reply #1150 on: September 10, 2019, 01:23:05 PM »
Well Spotted Judith, you are right I chose the wrong location for the "Now" image. It is in fact halfway up Soho Hill and its the church that was in Wretham Road that is no longer there today. I have rectified the post and image, thanks again for pointing it out.
Oh, I just thought maybe there'd been a fire or they'd had to reduce the height for structural reasons.  Didn't notice that it was the wrong location  :D
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Re: Then & Now
« Reply #1151 on: September 12, 2019, 11:10:33 PM »
The junction of John Bright Street and Suffolk Place.
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Re: Then & Now
« Reply #1152 on: September 13, 2019, 07:38:27 AM »
Seeing these interesting photographs of the old city, Phil, I can`t help thinking how good it would have been to renovate and retain the old architecture.

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Re: Then & Now
« Reply #1153 on: September 13, 2019, 07:45:30 AM »
But money rules Mike. Cheaper to knock down and rebuild than to renovate and preserve. It's only in recent years that conservation of historic buildings has been given serious thought.

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« Reply #1154 on: September 13, 2019, 08:27:48 AM »
Seeing these interesting photographs of the old city, Phil, I can`t help thinking how good it would have been to renovate and retain the old architecture.


A point that I have raised many times, given my former life before retirement I know a little about  beautiful substantial well built buildings being demolished for no other reason that they didn't suit some architects or planners vision of the future.


Other towns and cities found their way around such crimes against history, such as where new premises were added to old building frontages so from the street they look no different, yet inside they are fully functional modern buildings.


Though as has been mentioned the cost supposedly makes it a prohibitive practice even though I don't see it myself. I just think its down to convenience myself , and having a blank slate to work with.
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