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The Old Market Square

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The topic of Hope Bros.store led me to an old image of Just Pants Plus..situated on Angel Row.56242-1-280-99999-unpad.jpgRediffusion..the home of great soul singles flanks the right hand side of Bromley House.

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The Changing shops of Angel Row...62153-1-280-99999-unpad.jpgPerrys and a Lipton Store on a drizzly 1955 day.

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1950's again...0-1865546-JPG.jpgPearson & Pearson are still there..and Morris's Wallpapers to the left.

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Bromley House still standing proud.63064-1-280-99999-unpad.jpgRediffusion and Mans Shop..1960's.

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And behind these B&W facades?..0-1907910.jpgThe town garden of Bromley House.

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My maternal grandmother worked as a librarian at Bromley House for a number of years prior to marrying my grandfather in 1918 when she retired. I've been a member of BH for several years and they found and showed me her name in their records. They bought her a tea service as a retirement gift apparently. It is a wonderful place and I love it, an oasis of calm in the heart of town.. The attic was the site of one of the first if not the first photographic studios in the city. It is currently undergoing a massive repair and restoration to the roof,  part funded by a lottery heritage grant. It's covered in scaffolding at the moment. They have had to move several tons of books to off site storage while the work takes place. 

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Can any member (ian123) tell me why it's called OLD market square , i know that years ago we had a market there, also when was it named slab square, 

We call these fountains you should go to "Antibes" France now that's what you call a town square with fountains.

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Well I would say it's a bit of state the obvious Mary, it's old, it's almost square, used to have a market on it & it was slabbed? 

 

I'm I correct & have a I won owt? What would you like to call it? 

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Just a guess - but given that the open market was held there until the 1920s (when the Council House was built and the market moved to Lower Parliament Street) I wonder if it was called ‘Market Square’ until then and the ‘Old’ was added after the market moved?

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The Old Market Square was called Market Place on maps up until the 1930s at least.

 

Old Market Square probably just means - square where the old market was held.

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