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Back in Time 1985: Aerial shots show little change in town

Market Square is the scene below from atop County Hall in 1985 and how it looks today, pictured below in November last year by Derek Pelling

Market Square is the scene below from atop County Hall in 1985 and how it looks today, pictured below in November last year by Derek Pelling

  • by Karl Vaughan
 

It’s a trip to the top of County Hall this week as we go back to July 1985.

Market Square is the scene below, looking much the same as it does today.

There are a few differences though. Immediately noticeable is the tarmac road surrounding the market area. A pedestrian zone was created a few years later.

To the left Friars Square shopping centre is visible, looking the same as it did in the 1960s. By its entrance stands the shoe shop of Freeman Hardy & Willis. This shop had been on the site since about the 1890s but in the 1990s Freeman Hardy & Willis were no more.

The Clock Tower is seen surrounded by small trees. Since 1985 they have grown a fair bit.

One of them is almost as tall as the tower and blocks it from view.

In my humble opinion Market Square would benefit from the removal of one or two of the larger trees to make the clock visible from all viewpoints as it was originally designed for.

Also it would allow some of the remaining old buildings to be seen from both ends of the square.

 

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