This is a view of Walton Street in the 1880s looking towards town.
The fine building on the left was called Denbigh House and was home to Joseph Rowe, a railway manager who came from Gresford which is near Denbigh in Wales. The shops opposite stand where the rear exit of Waterside Theatre is today.
Between them and the little building with the pitched roof is Bear Brook.
All the properties between the brook and the white building with the four windows in the distance are now the site of the roundabout by County Hall.
Photographs like this are a rare thing and this one comes from an album that I have yet to see with my own eyes. This one is just a copy.
Somebody out there knows who has the album and I would love to hear from anyone who can help me find it. If you know the whereabouts of this album or have photographs you want to share contact The Herald and they will pass your details on to me.