THE PAST IN COLOUR
There is plenty to interest the viewer in this picture from 1959. If you could read the name on the half- timbered hotel then you would guess the location immediately but its Tudor design is also a big clue. Nearer the camera is the grimy town hall reflecting a smoky past common to all towns when heating was mainly by coal.
In the foreground is a Ford Consul in a shade of green popular in the early Fifties while beyond is a later Ford, probably a Zephyr, then maybe an Austin Westminster and finally a Baby Austin A35.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the photograph, however, is the two parking signs. The one on the right says “No Waiting This Side Today, 8am to 8pm”. Look closely and you can see it is hinged, then look across the road to its unhinged twin. In pre- double- yellow line times, street parking was permitted on each side but on different days!
The hotel is the Shakespeare while in the distance is Nash’s House, another well- preserved black- andwhite Tudor building.
Out of sight opposite the Guild Chapel is a garden on the site of New Place, a house bought by the Bard who died there in 1616 but was demolished in 1759. The chapel’s 12 pinnacles are temporarily missing for renovation and restoration.
The town? Stratford- upon- Avon in Warwickshire.