Aerial View, Millbay Docks 1960s

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Featured in the Plymouth Extra on the 29 November 2007

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WMN/1/1/5/1 Aerial View, Millbay Docks, circa 1960

"Key quayside features remain, most notably the imposing pre-war grain silo: but, while we still instantly recognise the Millbay Docks of half a century ago, the changes have been great, and are destined to become even greater over the next few years.

Wind the clocks back a further hundred years or so, though, and this would have been almost unrecognisable.

Development of this little natural harbour began in earnest in the 1840s; prior to that it still had neutral, 'soft' edges with little in the way of harbour walls or quaysides.

Today, while it is still likely that there will be a working element fo the waterfront for some years to come, particularly with the Brittany Ferries link, the prospect of ever-increasing amounts of accomodation with waterside views appearing around the permineters of Millbay means that the complexion of this part of Plymouth will inevitably change again: and while it seems likely that a waterway will be constructed on an axis leading into the city centre, one can't help but think that still further bits of the bay will be infilled.

Picture courtesy of the South West Image Bank (01752 665445) ref: WMN/1/1/5/1."

(Commentary by Chris Robinson)


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