From court to club
Today’s pictures illustrate the rapidly changing face of the city. The photographs above are of famous city buildings which in their lifetimes have had very different uses.
The Sessions House picture was taken by legendary former ET librarian Alan Cleaver in 1963 before the dis- trict hospital towerblock was built. The building was used as a courthouse and a jail among other things before being converted into a pub/ restaurant.
The picture below is of the the former county court office in Cattle Market Road. It was later converted into the 5th Avenue Nightclub, butthe building has sadly been unused for many years.
The pictures to the right are all taken from the same spot over a 14-year time span.
These pictures were also taken by Alan standing at the junction of City Road/ New Road/Midgate looking towards Westgate.
The top picture was taken in 1963 with on the left Peters court which the development corporation used as offices with the old county court on the right.
The next picture was taken 10 years later and buildings have been demolished to make way for the Hereward Centre.
The bottom picture was taken in 1973 and on the left hand side new shop and office buildings have sprung up.