View Full Version : Walking Around Paradise Street

02-24-2008, 07:39 PM
A part of town I never went to or ventured near was the Chavasse Park area of the city centre. The park was uninspiring and the car park area a gravel mess. Beyond that was the bus station [state of the art several years before], the multi story and the Moat 'ouse, next to that, those horrible derelict square buildings. The best part of that area was that little area with the advertising board sunk into the ground, it always facinated me anyway. Weird how you accept things as they are...

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Paradise Street Bus Station 2004

The work started, then things got interesting. The newly built carpark became my vantage point for many pictures of the development [not the above pic lol] In fact, since the development began, I havn't parked anywhere else whilst visiting town.

The walk was boring and that part of town, depressing. Couple that area with Duke Street were a complete mess. Did I ever look at the buildings I passed? Rarely.

Now when I walk down/ up from the carpark, under the new walkway into town I'm amazed at the rapid progress since 2004.

It's taken a while to get used to all the workmen knocking around the area but now, whilst walking through the hundreds, I feel they are as part of town as the buildings going up and I'm sure they'll all be missed.
It's also breathtaking at the speed that these buildings have gone up and are close to completion. Almost certainly there's been a new building going up everytime I've been in recently.

I noticed that the Herbert building [the first completed building of the Development?] has scafolding around it already.

Then once into Church Street, I've almost missed the new flooring being put down, maybe I've managed to keep me eyes closed to it all, it was a bloody mess at one point. Now its busy and alive again.

What has also shocked me is the amount of people using the Lord Street Area. Once the walkway/ arcade opens allowing people to walk through from Church Street to Paradise Street its gonna open a previously largely inaccessable and depressed[and an area no one wanted to go] area of town to hundreds of thousands of people.

Then there's the magical transformation of Bluecoat Chambers, it looks brand new!

I wonder what joys I'll encounter next time I venture into Town...

I'm interested to hear from members and the other areas of town....

02-24-2008, 07:46 PM
That 'advertisement' 'corner' you name was where the council 'left' the last blocks to the Seaman's Building - some of them were nicked and some where then taken away to be stored. Another part of our heritage gone... :rolleyes:

The area for me holds a different view as the patch of ground that was once St Thomas' Church and still the grave to Joseph Williamson. We made sure that this ground was not touched in anyway and give them their due, it hasn't so far!

02-24-2008, 07:57 PM
We made sure that this ground was not touched in anyway and give them their due, it hasn't so far!

Where's that ground then?

02-24-2008, 10:52 PM
^ The ground with Joseph Williamsons' grave would be near the town-end of Park Lane, opposite the new car-park.

02-25-2008, 12:06 AM
Kev, it was a triangular car park almost facing Greenbergs on Park Lane, a little bit along from Cleveland Square. The car park spaces were marked with letters and I think his grave was found under 'H'.

02-27-2008, 12:39 AM
You can see a photo of that 'hole in the ground' and also some of what used to stand there until it was disgracefully demolished here-


Those stones were massive and would have taken some nicking! Any suspects ever come to light?

05-31-2008, 07:33 PM
well you learn something new everyday, i didnt know thats wehere the sailors home was