Mayflower Hotel The Barbican 1960s

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Featured in the Plymouth Extra on the 24 September 2009.


PD/1/1/27 Mayflower Hotel, The Barbican, 1960s

"While the area we now know as the Barbican largely escaped enemy bombing during the war - if not council bulldozers after it - were nevertheless a number of prominent casualties and the post-war bomb sites, in some cases, lay bare for many years. Here, on the site of the erstwhile Mayflower Hotel there stood, throughout the sixties, seventies and eighties, a rather incongruous, architecturally at least, restaurant.

Known by a variety of names over the years - from Trattoria Capri through to Buddy's Diner - the building made way, in the late 1990s for the Mayflower Visitor Centre, a structure that some find even more incongruous.

Meanwhile the old Seaman's Bethel has been transformed into the offices of the Cattewater Harbour Commissioners with the Barbican Theatre beyond, while the other buildings at the bottom of Castle Street have fallen to redevelopment. Note, incidentally, how all the cars are black, with the notable exception of a then new Ford on the left.

Picture courtesy of the South West Image Bank (01752 665445) ref: PD/1/1/27."

(Commentary by Chris Robinson)


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