Charles Church, early 1950s

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Featured in the Plymouth Extra on the 26 June 2008.


RW/23/13 - Charles Church, early 1950s

"Three principal landmarks - the former Sutton High School for Boys building to the far left, Charles Church and, to the far right, the tower and spire of St Jude's Church - help fix our vantage-point, but it's by no means easy transporting yourself in time from the picture over 50 years ago to the present day.

We're standing somewhere near the present Labour Exchange, looking across the building that served in the role for more than 30 years; Bretonside bus station dominates the view today.

Built at the beginning of the 19th Century as the 'Society of Friends Meeting House', and superseded by the opening of the Swathmore Hall on Mutley Plain more than 100 years later, the old, ornately-fronted meeting house stood in Treville Street, between the junctions with Norley Street and Charles Street on a site now occupied by the Indian restaurant at the back of the Staples block.

The old Quaker building was pulled down at the end of the 1950s, along with most of the other prop0erties surrounding Charles Church, to make way for the new roundabout, road layout and the erstwhile Turnbull's Garage.

Picture courtesy of the South West Image Bank (01752 665445) ref: RW/23/13."

(Commentary by Chris Robinson)


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