Then and Now

The changing face of the High Street

By Rosemary Ross


Some of the old photographs of buildings in the High Street are still recognisable - pubs continue to serve regulars and passers by and other buildings have been adapted to new uses.  The pairs of photos in this selection show some contrasts between past and present, taken from approximately the same viewpoint.

Photo:Bowers House, with pond and duck-house in front, c.1900

Bowers House, with pond and duck-house in front, c.1900

LHS collection, cat.no. B 1.19

 
Photo:Bowers Parade (built in 1936) and the Sensory Garden, now obscure Bowers House

Bowers Parade (built in 1936) and the Sensory Garden, now obscure Bowers House

Rosemary Ross, May 2011


Photo:The Cock Inn and pond, c.1900

The Cock Inn and pond, c.1900

LHS collection, cat.no. B 1.24

 
Photo:The Cock Inn and Sensory Garden

The Cock Inn and Sensory Garden

Rosemary Ross, May 2011


Photo:Thatched cottage, near Bowers House, c.1890

Thatched cottage, near Bowers House, c.1890

LHS collection, cat.no. B 1.8

 
Photo:Northern extension of Bowers Parade

Northern extension of Bowers Parade

Rosemary Ross, May 2011


Photo:The Foresters' Arms, c 1905

The Foresters' Arms, c 1905

Strutt & Parker

Photo:Strutt & Parker, with Jarvis's crane constructing "The Foresters"

Strutt & Parker, with Jarvis's crane constructing "The Foresters"

Rosemary Ross, May 2011


Photo:Breadcroft cottages, c.1960

Breadcroft cottages, c.1960

   
Photo:Breadcroft Lane flats, 2011

Breadcroft Lane flats, 2011

Rosemary Ross, Feb. 2011


Photo:St John's Church - the Paper Church - at the corner of Crabtree Lane c 1900.  This burnt down in 1905

St John's Church - the Paper Church - at the corner of Crabtree Lane c 1900. This burnt down in 1905

LHS archives, cat. no HC 170

  
Photo:Jarvis houses at the corner of Crabtree lane and Southdown Road, c 1912

Jarvis houses at the corner of Crabtree lane and Southdown Road, c 1912

Rosemary Ross, Feb. 2011


Photo:Home Farm, at the bottom of Staker's Lane, 1880s

Home Farm, at the bottom of Staker's Lane, 1880s

LHS archives, cat.no HC 164

Photo:Ridleys' ironmongers c1910 - HSBC bank 2012

Ridleys' ironmongers c1910 - HSBC bank 2012

LHS archives, cat.no. B 1.52


Photo:Lines Forge - 1880s

Lines Forge - 1880s

LHS archives, cat.no HC 191

Photo:Anvil House, Lower High Street

Anvil House, Lower High Street

Rosemary Ross, Feb. 2011


Photo:White Lion pub, High Street, 1950s

White Lion pub, High Street, 1950s

Photo:Perfect Pizza - the bracket has survived

Perfect Pizza - the bracket has survived

Rosemary Ross, Feb. 2011

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