Look­ing to­wards the north east

Town land­marks iden­ti­fied from old Echo archive pho­to­graph

Loughborough Echo - - LOOKING BACK -

THE lat­est rare old aerial pho­to­graph of the town from the Echo archive has had read­ers con­tact­ing us as you’d ex­pect.

Dave Dunker­ley wrote in to say: “Well, it took a few min­utes to ori­en­tate my­self, but got there in the end.

“The pic­ture is taken from some­where above what is now Epinal Way, be­tween Field House and Alan Moss Road, say above the hospi­tal.

“We’re look­ing north east. Clues are St.Peter’s Church, lower left cen­tre, the old town gas­works, i.e. gash­older - up­per left cen­tre (where Sains­bury’s now is). Also, the Car­il­lon, ex­treme right, to­wards the up­per right hand. cor­ner of the pic­ture.

“So, that means the road snaking up the pic­ture, just right of cen­tre, is Ashby Road, head­ing to­wards town.

“The ‘boomerang’ shaped road, ex­treme right cen­tre is the sharp bend on West­field Drive from its junc­tion with Rad­moor Road.”

Look­ing Back reg­u­lar Mike Jones said: “The aerial photo is rather in­ter­est­ing, as it ap­pears to have been taken from the north east, show­ing streets on that side of town very clearly.

“The first thing that struck me was the for­mer Rose­bery Street School, bounded by Cum­ber­land Road in the fore­ground Rose­bery Street on the left and Storer Road above.

“Fur­ther up Storer Road, to­ward Ashby Road, can be seen the for­mer St Peters C of E Church and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, now Rose­bery St Peters, and at the end of the Road, St Mary’s Catholic Church.

“The for­mer Ham­monds Nee­dle Fac­tory can be seen on Have­lock Street, to the left of the school and the Mes­sen­gers In­dus­trial Site in the bot­tom left hand cor­ner.

“Sta­tion Street, Paget Street and Leopold Street are also on the left, in­clud­ing the Paget Arms pub­lic house and be­yond that Re­gent Street and the Union Work­house/Hast­ings House site.

“The two Rushes Ga­some­ters can be seen in the dis­tance, so it must be dated at least as far back as the 1950s.

“Usu­ally, when look­ing at such views, one uses the Car­il­lon to po­si­tion every­thing. How­ever, on this view, the Car­il­lon only just finds its way onto the photo’ in the dis­tance to the top right, above Cur­zon Street, Arthur Street and Fred­er­ick Street.

“I could go on, as many other prom­i­nent build­ings are shown, but I’m sure that oth­ers will com­ment on those.”

Joan Tas­sell also rang in to iden­tify Rose­bery Street School and the Mes­sen­ger build­ing on the left.

Vin­cent Gil­liver also spot­ted the gas­om­e­ter, Mes­sen­ger’s and Rose­bery.

For­mer bor­ough sur­veyor and reg­u­lar Echo reader, John Todd, also con­firmed that it the west part of the town with the gas­om­e­ter and Car­il­lon on show.

John was a lit­tle puz­zled as were a few other call­ers, as to what ex­actly the build­ing in the bot­tom right hand cor­ner of the pic­ture was and whether it still ex­isted, or had pos­si­bly been lost with the build­ing of the Epinal Way.

Can any­body help solve that lit­tle mys­tery? Please con­tact Andy Rush at Look­ing Back on 01509 635802. E-mail [email protected]­plc.com

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