» The 70s was a decade of many changes Nos­tal­gia

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - nos­te­[email protected]­plc.com Robin BROOKS

IF you loved to boogie with Marc Bolan, tot­tered about on plat­form soled shoes and know Jack Regan’s side­kick in The Sweeney was Ge­orge Carter, then you are a child of the 1970s.

It was the decade when the For­est of Dean’s ma­jor em­ployer was Rank Xerox at Mitcheldea­n with 5,000 on the pay­roll.

It oc­cu­pied the site that had pre­vi­ously been The For­est Brewery.

Lyd­ney Docks ceased com­mer­cial op­er­a­tion and Cole­ford Gram­mar School closed, but found a new lease of life as Bell’s Ho­tel.

The Dean For­est Rail­way So­ci­ety was formed in 1970, fol­lowed later in the decade by the Dean Her­itage Mu­seum Trust and pledged to pro­tect the area’s rich past.

In the same spirit, the 17th cen­tury Dutch gar­den at West­bury-on-sev­ern was re­stored.

While the For­est was pre­serv­ing its her­itage, Stroud adopted a more cav­a­lier ap­proach to its ar­chi­tec­tural ap­peal by build­ing a new po­lice sta­tion and Tri­corn House, both shin­ing ex­am­ples of con­crete bru­tal­ism.

Lo­cal govern­ment re­or­gan­i­sa­tion led to the for­ma­tion of Stroud Dis­trict Coun­cil.

Locals op­posed to the at­tempts by

Glouces­ter­shire County Coun­cil’s to im­pose un­wanted traf­fic plans launched the Stroud Cam­paign Against the Rin­groad – and won.

Mak­ing a splash in a more lit­eral sense was the newly-formed Stroud Swim­ming Club.

A land­mark in Glouces­ter’s North­gate Street dis­ap­peared when the Methodist Chapel was de­mol­ished to make way for a new Tesco.

More than a cen­tury of match­mak­ing in the city ended with the clo­sure of S J More­land’s in Bris­tol Road, most fa­mous for its Eng­land’s Glory brand.

The newly laid out King’s Square, com­plete with foun­tains and step­ping stones, won a Civic Trust Award in 1972.

East­gate rail­way sta­tion closed for­ever, while East­gate Mar­ket closed re­opened next door.

Li­braries opened in Tuf­fley and Huc­cle­cote, as did a leisure cen­tre ad­ja­cent to the swim­ming baths (now GL1).

Other leisure fa­cil­i­ties to ap­pear in­cluded the sports cen­tre at the new Beaufort School, the coun­try park on Robinswood Hill and the ar­ti­fi­cial ski slope at Matson.

A for­mer ware­house in the Docks be­came Glouces­ter Antiques Cen­tre.

Tewkes­bury’s long­est-es­tab­lished boat builder Bathurst’s closed, while an­other town boat builder Bill Shake­speare was killed in an ac­ci­dent on Lake Win­der­mere.

The Queen and Duke of Ed­in­burgh vis­ited Tewkes­bury Fes­ti­val and the Queen dis­trib­uted Maundy money.

Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil was formed when, in April 1974, Charl­ton Kings Ur­ban Dis­trict Coun­cil merged with Chel­tenham Mu­nic­i­pal Bor­ough.

The town’s Po­lice HQ moved from Cres­cent Place to Lans­down Road and The Tech­ni­cal High School moved from Glouces­ter Road to War­den Hill Road and was re­named Bourn­side Com­pre­hen­sive.

The Coun­try­side Com­mis­sion moved into John Dower House, off Clarence Street and new pub­lic swim­ming pools at Pittville were opened by Queen El­iz­a­beth, the Queen Mother.

In 1973, The Glouces­ter­shire Echo cel­e­brated its cen­te­nary and a year later the Holst birthplace mu­seum opened.

Town cen­tre de­part­ment stores Drakes of Winch­combe Street and Shirer and Lances shut up shop for the last time while lo­cal firms to close dur­ing the decade in­cluded H H Mar­tyn & Co, United Chemists As­so­ci­a­tion Ltd, Chel­tenham Car­a­vans and Tilley’s Crum­pets.

Glouces­ter’s North­gate Methodist Chapel was de­mol­ished in the 1970s

A Chel­tenham Stag Four Berth car­a­van

The Drakes store in Chel­tenham

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