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Old December 8th, 2014, 04:34 AM   #301
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Perhaps it's just me but the following building, which was demolished just a few years ago, was stunningly beautiful and very unique looking. 107 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle



Credit and copyright of the picture belonging to Steve Ellwood of the Newcastle Metro Area forum here on SSC.
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Old December 8th, 2014, 06:39 PM   #302
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No, that's nice. I love that big theatre building on Pilgrim Street, also disused for some time I think? And the big white curved building opposite.
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Old January 30th, 2015, 11:40 PM   #303
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Old June 9th, 2015, 04:36 PM   #304
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Brace yourselves...

Huddersfield's Old Market Hall - Demolished in 1971









The last colour picture was taken in 1970.

Replaced by...


The Boots frontage is exactly where the Old Market Hall frontage, clock tower and all, was. Has to be among the worst replacements for a demolished building, ever.
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Old June 9th, 2015, 06:20 PM   #305
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That is awful Brucey Town Planners from post-war to 1980's =
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Old June 10th, 2015, 12:31 AM   #306
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Appallingly sad and unnecessary loss for Huddersfield, that market hall was a magnificent Ruskinian High Gothic style building which could easily have been adapted for alternate commercial retail use or continued as a covered market. The current development is so bad its beyond words, the 1970s at its worst - reminds me of the current conservation issue at 160 The Strand in London.
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Old June 10th, 2015, 01:08 AM   #307
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Appallingly sad and unnecessary loss for Huddersfield, that market hall was a magnificent Ruskinian High Gothic style building which could easily have been adapted for alternate commercial retail use or continued as a covered market. The current development is so bad its beyond words, the 1970s at its worst - reminds me of the current conservation issue at 160 The Strand in London.
It is literally devoid of any architectural merit, whatsoever.
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Old June 10th, 2015, 01:13 AM   #308
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Arguably the second worst loss in Huddersfield - The Midland Bank.



It's replacement is not a bad building, but quite why it had to be at the expense of such a magnificent building is frustrating and mind-boggling. Anyway, here it is, from the 70's:

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Old June 10th, 2015, 01:25 AM   #309
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That's a pretty whacky 70s building, as curious in some respects as an Italianate bank with an onion dome at the corner, though I 100% concur with you that the bank was a great if eccentric piece of commercial architecture and is another sad loss for Huddersfield while the replacement building just doesn't really fit in harmoniously.
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Old September 21st, 2015, 05:25 PM   #310
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I admit that the original market shouldn't have been knocked down, but it's replacement also has its interest, particularly the ceiling.


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Old December 10th, 2015, 07:55 PM   #311
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Durham 1950


Durham, England 1950 by dianp, on Flickr


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Devon 1953


Devon 1953 - 8 by dianp, on Flickr


Devon 1953 - 2 by dianp, on Flickr
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Old December 11th, 2015, 07:27 AM   #312
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Fantastic Edwardian England video there (I'd put it around 1905 judging by the cars). All instantly recognizable characters - a reminder that we're all ultimately 'ghosts' - that the present is just another in a series of pasts.
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A post script to the above - thanks to Daguerre, Lumiere and others we have time travel.
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Old December 29th, 2015, 07:05 PM   #314
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Liver Building construction


Liver Building under Construction, Liverpool by Historic Images - Lancashire, on Flickr
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http://portsmouthpubs.org.uk/lost-pubs-t/ HUGE repository of Portsmouth Pubs, closed and open. Portsmouth is famous for the shear number of Pubs relative to its population, stemming from its Naval history. Some cracking old photos on here.
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Great, i love sites like that. Reading was once home to a major brewery and had many pubs, although you wouldn't know it now. Unfortunately courage, as they were at the end, sold all their pubs to the wrong pub companies like enterprise inns and punch taverns, who have gradually made them fail and closed them, converted or demolished them.
Heres a Reading equivalent site

http://lostpubsofreading.co.uk/
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London. Windsor House (formerly Army and Navy Hotel). It was demolished in the early 1970s










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London. Imperial Hotel in Russell Square















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The demolition of the magnificent Imperial Hotel was such a sad loss, probably driven in part not just by modern movement aesthetics but also by 1960s governent tax incentives for new hotel rooms.

In past reading, I recall reading that the Imperial Hotel did suffer some form of settlement crack in its structure, which was claimed to be the reason for demolition, but it was also said that that the crack was fully repairable and in reality was just an excuse to help justify demolition. If anyone has more info, this would be good to know.

The RIBA picture with the mosaic type image over the entrance door is particulary appreciated.
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Old June 20th, 2019, 05:50 PM   #320
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You can't imagine some of that statuary wasn't salvaged
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