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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 29th October, 2013)

Car Park

Car Park
Site of the old Town Hall.

Photo: Thomas Walsh  (Canon PowerShot A1200)
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Comment by: Ken R on 29th October 2013 at 00:07

Finally the façade has gone, what next?

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 29th October 2013 at 00:17

I suppose it is progress that makes car parks like this....unless the building was unsafe...thanks for the picture Thomas...cheers!!!

Comment by: peterp on 29th October 2013 at 05:40

Should have done this years ago

Comment by: kath on 29th October 2013 at 06:43

interesting buildings that you tend not to look at properly when just walking by.i remember an American shop being there back in the 80s. I wonder what the plaque says?

Comment by: Anne on 29th October 2013 at 07:15

Is it for anybody? Is it free?

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 29th October 2013 at 07:55

Much better now the eyesore has gone!

Comment by: Rev David Long on 29th October 2013 at 08:27

Once blessing is the improved view of Alfred Waterhouse's Library. It was built in 1878, at the same time as his major London work, the Natural History Museum, was being built. Quite a contrast in scale. But I also think that this view raises some questions. For the time in his career when it was built, it actually looks quite amateurish - those windows ascending from right to left may look okay as you go up the staircase within, but I think they look rather primitive from outside, now that you can see them against the rest of this elevation.
Perhaps he'd given the commission to a junior in the practice whilst he got on with the really important stuff he had in hand.
The building next door is more obviously a former chapel ("Christian Meeting House", the stone plate says) when seen full-on like this.

Comment by: Marcus on 29th October 2013 at 09:04

So the council got what they wanted then !

Comment by: jcf on 29th October 2013 at 10:20

I wonder if the council also got what they wanted, when they sold it to the offshore developer in the 90's !

Comment by: Neil Cain on 29th October 2013 at 10:33

Councils usually do. The chapels in Ince Cemetery probably next to go.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 29th October 2013 at 13:10

Why do these "new" buildings alawys look so dreary?

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