Cliff Ton

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And yet as I've said before there were no voices raised against it. We look at York as an example of what Nottingham could be like but back in the 50's  in York there were 'anti-ugly' protests with the motto 'build for the future, not the past'. They wanted the old replaced with shiny new buildings and held Nottingham as a forward looking city!

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I was seven when MMW was opened..but even then i thought it looked cold.

The majority of Nottinghams citizens bused it to work...probably had little or no bathroom..never stepped on a plane..and the concept of owning a property was alien.

But the guys with the fountain pen and slide rule..didn't endure the slum shame of many. They Knew!...that fine architecture and spacious houses were being levelled for ticky tacky boxes.

We were not as savvy as we are today..and i have seen my Dads wage slips from 1969..he'd be more interested in trying to make it stretch and feed four lads...than picketing outside The Black Boy.

Pity there wasn't more tree( building)

huggers back then.

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About the only gesture to the past I can remember is the dismantling of Severns restaurant brick by brick and rebuilding it on Castle Road.

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Pictured is Granby Street..( top of MMW today.)64107-1-280-99999-unpad.jpgSt.James's Street - to the right of the buses..these cinder and gravel clearance sites were common in town..patrolled rather vigourously by some old bloke.

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Who the flip allowed this giant breeze block to be clapped onto Newdigate House?62939-1-280-99999-unpad.jpg

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Wimpy Bars, Remember those big realistic tomato lookalike sauce dispensers & the round frankfurter sausages shaped like castles.

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Venue 53..I was told Dire Straits played there.

 

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Sorry, me thinks it was Venue 51 not 53! Maybe related to the number of the property? Very small inside..had a mirrored back wall greeting you when walking through the door. This was in 1982.

 

 

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The 2nd St.Nicholas Rectory House...became a dodgy curry house..Trip Advisor recommended to stay away..58047-1-280-99999-unpad.jpg

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The only good thing about Mount Street was Midland General..and the Midland Red.65496-1-280-99999-unpad.jpg

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38993004-2355358237813762-65468340553404The new layout!...the Salutation thankfully survived...Prestons Newsagent for the underpass pedestrian.

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A similar shot from a lower angle, mid sixties (photo Nottingham Post)

 



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