Looking at County Hall lately covered in scaffolding has reminded me of this view from 1965.
The photograph was taken by John Sale during the building’s construction when it was nearing completion, although it would be another year until it opened.
In the foreground is the canal basin, looking very busy with many boats moored there. This is in stark contrast to its current appearance as the place is virtually empty. The canal was opened in 1814 and formerly on the site of the basin was Bear Close. This land belonged to the nearby Bear Inn which was in Walton Street. Bear Brook which runs behind Waterside Theatre takes its name from this old inn.
The inn itself was demolished in 1967 when the roundabout was put in.