Mayflower Street 1963

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Featured in the Plymouth Extra on the 2 October 2008.


PD/1/1/8 - Mayflower Street, 1963

"We are standing somewhere on the site of the Copthorne Hotal which was then still the best part of 20 years into the future; linking us to the past and actually out of sight, because it was just behind our vantage point, was the old Opporto Pub, a lone survivor (but not for much longer) on this side of the old York Street, leading up to Cobourg Street and what would become North Cross Roundabout.

The car park site had not long since been cleared, as what was left of York Street, York Lane and William Street had been cleared away. As can be seen, the new space was very popular and would be well patronised by those using the soon-to-be-opened Wyvern Ten Pin Bowling Alley. Mayflower Street itsled was still in the process of being built, although Speare and Edwards and the Remnant Shop were already up and running in the stretch that was not quite finished.

Meanwhile the Civic Centre, standing proud on the skyline, was but a year or two old, giving a date of around 1963 for this sunny Sixties shot.

Picture coutesy of the South West Image Bank (01752 665445) ref: PD/1/1/8."

(Commentary by Chris Robinson)

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