This great view, above, was taken in the heart of Derby's town centre 60 years ago. It is, of course, the junction of Victoria Street and the Cornmarket, with the Royal Hotel dominating the scene and a web of trolley wires overhead. Amazingly, all of the buildings you can see are still standing, with the exception of the Congregational church, which can just be glimpsed on the extreme left. This was demolished not long after this photo was taken. We suspect the image was captured on a Sunday, judging by the complete lack of traffic and pedestrians. A close-up view of some of the buildings in the photo can also be seen in the image, below, which dates to the late Victorian era. This picture was spotted by local history enthusiast Vic Belshaw, who lives in Littleover, in a magazine called Electrical Technical, which dates back to 1894. Vic said: “This very impressive street lamp was located in the Cornmarket, near the junction with Victoria Street. “An appreciation of the … [Read more...] about Royal Hotel building dominates this fabulous 1950s’ view of Derby town centre
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Last month we carried a story about the former Albion Restaurant, which was located above the Co-op supermarket on the corner of Albion Street and East Street in Derby. Unfortunately, we did not have a photograph of the building to go with the article and asked if any of our readers had one. Now this excellent WW Winter’s view has been sent in by regular Bygones correspondent and former Derbeian Barry Edwards, who lives in Nailsea. It shows the store when it was new in 1928. The restaurant above the premises became a popular venue in the 1950s and 60s and held cabaret dinners. Stars including Frankie Vaughan, Bob Monkhouse, Dick Emery and Joe Brown and the Bruvvers all performed at the town centre venue. Read More Derby nostalgia stories and photographs As well as the cabaret dinners, the Albion also served up breakfasts, morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea. … [Read more...] about Who remembers this Derby town centre supermarket?
A well-known former pub in Derby city centre which closed down at the end of last year is up for sale with an asking price of almost half a million pounds. The Wardwick Tavern - also known as The Wick - shut its doors just before Christmas. The Ghost Bar, an outdoor area that formed part of the venue, also shut. The Grade II-listed building is currently owned by pub company Greene King. At the time when it confirmed its closure, the firm said that it hoped to reopen The Wardwick Tavern “sometime in 2018” with a new operator at the helm. But, nine months on, the venue, which dates back to the 18th century, remains closed and has since been put up for sale with an asking price of £495,000. The agent appointed to sell the property is Fleurets. In its particulars, it describes The Wardwick Tavern as a “charming character building within the vibrant Cathedral Quarter”. It states: “The Wardwick, which in recent times has also incorporated the Ghost Bar, is … [Read more...] about Well-known former Derby city centre pub is put up for sale
One of Middlesbrough’s busiest - and oldest - town centre pubs has come up for rent. The Green Tree, on Gilkes Street , has been described by owner Trust Inns as a “well known locals bar” in the “heart of Middlesbrough, close to all town centre amenities”. The “popular and traditional” venue, built in the late 1800s, is one of 20 in the town to make it onto Middlesbrough Council’s Local List , which highlights “buildings of special historic or architectural interest”. In April, the pub had its licence reviewed by the council after trouble flared at Boro’s FA Cup derby against Sunderland back in January. Trust Inns says the pub comes with “attractive, large detached premises and two separate trading areas - bar and lounge. The venue is drinks-led but there is a “small commercial catering area” with the opportunity to offer bar snacks. There is also a beer garden and smoking area. The living … [Read more...] about One of Middlesbrough’s oldest town centre pubs is up for rent
Charges at dozens of council-run car parks will rise next month. Stoke-on-Trent City Council is implementing the 10p to 30p hikes at most of its off-street car parks, as part of plans to increase income by £700,000 a year. John Street and Meigh Street multi-storey car parks in Hanley, Kingsway in Stoke and Longton Exchange are among those across all Six Towns that will be affected by the changes from July 22. For example, the cost of parking for up to an hour at John Street will rise from £1 to £1.10, while the minimum two-hour charge at Kingsway will rise from £1.50 to £1.60. Meanwhile, parking all day at Clementsons Mill in Hanley will cost £5.30, up from £5. Off-street parking charges will also increase by 10p to 30p at various locations. But £1 parking after 3pm, which the council introduced in 2016 to encourage visits during off-peak periods, will not change. Council chiefs have defended the changes, saying this will be the first time … [Read more...] about Town centre parking charges to rise across city