Prospect of Birmingham from William Hutton's History of Birmingham from 1783
Spire dead ahead is St Martin's in the Bull Ring with St Philips Cathedral with the dome futher behind it.
Edit: at this point St Philips was still just a church and St Martin's in the Bull Ring was (and still is) the Parish church.
I would love to have seen that in the flesh (the actual buildings I mean, not the book). Yeah it would've looked communist, but it'd be bloody impressive! (Of course by this day and age it would've all become a complete shithole so I think we're better off with what we've got)
I'd argue that to a certain extent we already have the Corn Exchange (5th image) but we call it Park Square and run a tram over it, and we had High Street Squate, but we called it Castle Square/Hole in the Road, and it had a subway beneath it (and a fish tank!) with access into the basement levels of some of the shops.
Muddycoffee has also commented that the Technical College/Bus Station is also very similar to what we have now, and I agree with this too.
Shame we didn't get new Chester Street, but the Civic circle I think would be drawn the city cwentre boundaries far to restrictively, and we'd only be doing now what we've been doing for the past decade, and returning the dual-carriageways to single-carriageway with bus lanes
I would agree with that too. I don't really like Sheffield Interchange though; I personally don't think that format of bus station is the most efficient use of space. I wonder why the planners had the vision to do that, rather than the reverse in/out format seen in most towns/cities.
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