Aerial View Peverell Pennycross 1960s

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Featured in the Plymouth Extra on the 5 June 2008.

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WMN/1/1/37/2 Peverell & Pennycross, 1960s

"So much has remained the same, so much has changed.

If we orientate ourselves around our obvious fixed points of reference, we find Pound's House at the back of Peverell Corner in this lovely little-spoilt section of Central Park.

There is pressure for change, but so far it has largely been resisted around what is one of the few remaining great houses of Plymouth.

Moving clockwise around this early-Sixties image, though, we find a four-storey Co-operative building that is no more, its footprint now a parking lot alongside what are now DIY store commercial warehouses.

Meanwhile, directly above Pound's House and just to the left of the Cherry Tree pub, as we see it here, we find the old Pennycross Stadium - a haven for a generation of fans of Speedway Stock Cars and greyhound racing, taking us well beyond the war and the late 1960s.

On the far right of our aerial image we find the erstwhile Hermon Terrace, pulled down one dramatic weekend in March 1972, and below that the crypt of the never-to-be-finished St Martin's Church - a site that is today just a green space.

Picture coutesy of the South West Image Bank (01752 665445) ref: WMN/1/1/37/2."

(Commentary by Chris Robinson)


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