Bridge demolished when line was cleared
FOLLOWING on from last week's look at King Street before and after the war, I found another image of the railway bridge that crossed the street, again looking east, but this time 16 years later.
Roy Perring, the man who designed those wonderful local folk posters from the early seventies that we also featured last week, took the image in 1967 under the doomed King Street arch, in a location that now sits adjacent to the entrance to the Western Approach car park.
The railway arch and bridge above was pulled down five or six years later, when the railway line that had run into Millbay was cleared – the bridge over Union Street was removed around the same time.
Note the operations around at the time in this stretch of Western Approach included the Stamp Shop, and businesses run by Reynolds and A Roberts – who remembers them? And also a dance club, but run by whom?
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Sorting through to see if I could find an accompanying post-war view of the aforementioned bridge over Union Street, I happened upon this gem from 1951.
Given the amount of wartime destruction it is remarkable how little obvious damage was visible in this view and it's another sobering reminder of just how many Blitz survivors were sacrificed to make way for Plymouth's bright new city centre. Looking at this view now, it's hard to believe that it is post-war, but the cars and the poster (advertising Bob Hope in the Lemon Drop Kid at the Devonport Forum) are two clues that help us confirm the date.