Southway 1960

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Featured in the Plymouth Extra in on the 22 May 2008.


WMN/1/1/7 Southway, Plymouth, 1960

"Our photographer is flying over the Ranco site sometime in the early Sixties. Langley Infants and Junior Schools (which were opened in the mid-Sixties) were yet to be built in the space adjacent to Ranco.

Now known as the 'Langley Community Schools', their appearance coincided with the development of housing beyond Ranco and British Aerospace, seen here either side of Clittaford Road.

The Southway Scout HQ, which now lies next to the Infant School, was also built soon afterwards; it was opened in November 1970. Meanwhile, on the top right of the image we see the entrance to Longstone Avenue and Goodwin Avenue (turning right of Pendeen Crescent, running off Southway Drive) a development which itself dates from the late Fifties. To the left of the ertswhile British Aerospace premises what we see is the beginnings of the road that is now Lulworth Drive, with Launceston Close even further to its left. Meanwhile, at the very top of the picture on the right, off Clittaford Road itself, we can just see the Church of the Holy Spirit, which was dedicated - to the renewing work of the Holy Spirit - on June 4, 1960.

Picture courtesy of the South West Image Bank (01752 665445) ref: WMN/1/1/7."

(Commentary by Chris Robinson)


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