Guinness Clock, Drake Circus 1963

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Featured in the Plymouth Extra in January 2008.


RW/1/9 Guinness Clock, Drake Circus, 1963 (now RW/22/1)

"Its a post-war view cherished by many despite the fact that it has now changed twice since Roy Westlake's time-delay setting captured the scene more than 44 years ago.

This was the Drake Circus built at the end of Old Town Street at the end of the 19th Century. The Guinness Clock was a comparatively late edition, being put up a year or two before the war and yet surviving through to the block's demolition in the mid-Sixties. The nearest thing the City has ever had to the flashing signs of Piccadilly Circus, the sign used to pulse out the lettering, with many walking in step with the rhythm of the lights.

Gone too, is the post-war Burton building with the Park Ballroom (or 'Woods' as some remember it) on the tope floor, and, of course, the ill-fated early-Seventies shopping mall that was to enjoy a comparatively short tenure on this site at what was once the western edn of Ebrington Street. Note the spire of Sherwell and the tower of Charles with St Matthias punctuating the skyline.

Picture courtesy of the South West Image Bank (01752 665445) ref: RW/1/9 [Now RW/22/1]"

(Commentary by Chris Robinson)


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