Belle Vue Corner At The Junction Of Cobourg St With North Rd East 1960

Featured in the Plymouth Extra on the 15 January 2009.

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WMN/1/1/2/2/1 Aerial View, City Centre, Plymouth, 1940s

"The war is over, the bomb sites are tidy, but the rebuilding has yet to begin. Here we see the extent of the damage to Plymouth city centre during the Second World War, and we see exactly what survived.

The railway line into Millbay Station, opposite the Duke of Cornwall Hotel, cuts a dark scar across the lower part of the scene; below it we see that half of the Octagon has gone. Above it, little remain of th eastern end of Union Streets; George Street and Bedford Street too have been flattened, but the Art Deco building that is still with us, in Colin Campbell Court, stands proud (Regent) Cinema, and the Prudential Building (the the junction of George Street, Bedford Street and Frankfort Street) and the shell of the Municipal Building, alongside the Guildhall.

The trees of Westwell Gardens, now outside the Civic Centre, stand in stark contrast to the rest of the surroundings, as does the leafy park in front of the Cresecent.

Elsewhere much of the old market still stands, as do a number of streets to the north and west of the cinema - most of them destined to be cleared to make way for the new city centre."

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

(Commentary by Chris Robinson)


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