Aerial View, Milehouse & St Levan Road 1960s

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Featured in the Plymouth Extra on the 16 October 2008.

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WMN/1/1/37/7 Aerial View, Milehouse & St Levan Road, 1960s

"Some time in the early Sixties' would appear to be when this aerial shot of Milehouse and St Levan Road was taken. The search for obvious differences to what we see today probably starts for most of us with the refashioned road junctions, both at the Milehouse entrance to Central Park where the corner of the park has been much eaten into, and at the top of St Levan Road, where a massive roundabout now helps keep the traffic moving from all directions.

Elsewhere we see erstwhile green space this side of the gasometers, which has long since been built upon. The Jobcentre - Queens House - is there today. Meanwhile, in behind the bus station, off Salisbury Ope, a number of private houses have appeared, including those in Chubb Drive. The bus station itself has a bigger footprint in the area today, while the park clearly has a slightly smaller one, the layout here appearing to pre-date the construction of Central Park Swimming Pool and showing the original, 1931, paddling pool, model boat pool and play area, now partially occupied by a skateboarding facility."

Picture courtesy of the South West Image Bank (01752 665445) ref: WMN/1/1/37/7."

(Commentary by Chris Robinson)


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