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RE: Topography

#46 by Voltman , Tue Jun 08, 2010 6:26 pm

I suppose I am the only one, but until today I didn't realise where the Odeon New Street really is.
It isn't on New Street, it's an ugly building hidden behind the shops, the New Street entrance is just the end of a tunnel.
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RE: Topography

#47 by Sheldonboy , Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:22 pm

It actually backs on to New Street Station. But as the front door is on New Street, I would think that is the address.


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RE: Topography

#48 by phil ( deleted ) , Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:03 pm

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You are quite right the bulk of the cinema used to back on to New Street Station, but later it was given access to the Inner Ring Road and Smallbrook Queensway. All this can be clearly seen on this plan of the cinema when it was the Paramount and the photo of the front foyer.

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RE: Topography

#49 by Sheldonboy , Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:09 pm

How long ago was it the Paramount then Phil.


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RE: Topography

#50 by phil ( deleted ) , Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:46 pm

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It was only the Paramount for about 5 years from when it opened in 1937 until it became the Odeon in 1942 when Oscar Deutsch purchased it.

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RE: Topography

#51 by Sheldonboy , Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:54 pm

Thanks Phil I had always thought it was built as an ODEON.


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RE: Topography

#52 by Voltman , Wed Jun 09, 2010 8:56 pm

I always thought that the whole point of that big tall sign was that it represented the Odeon and that it appeared on all other Odeons, yet there it is reading Paramount.
Perhaps I haven't been paying attention.
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RE: Topography

#53 by Voltman , Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:51 pm

Look what I found, I refer to the writing on the wall.
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ie=U...234.84,,0,-7.54


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RE: Topography

#54 by phil ( deleted ) , Thu Jul 15, 2010 9:52 pm

I know the spot intimately, about thirty years ago when we were looking for a site for a new depot. BR as it still was then offered us all that land that is on top of those viaducts alongside the track as a peppercorn rent.

We thought about it but decided it was a little too open and unprotected up there and as most of our depot would be open yard it would be very easy to enter unobserved. As I say we decided against it and I don't think it has ever been occupied since.

I think it is where they unloaded the cattle before driving them over to the slaughter house in Bradford St.

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RE: Topography

#55 by Voltman , Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:20 pm

I have found another cobblestone street. I remember parking down here about ten years ago when buying a tagging gun from a display shop.

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RE: Topography

#56 by phil ( deleted ) , Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:33 pm

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You might be surprised to find how many cobbled streets there are around just covered over by a layer of tarmac. There was no need to remove them as they hardly ever sink after they have been down a few years, and you can't get better hard core. So a lot of side streets were just given a cosmetic surface coating of tarmac.

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RE: Topography

#57 by Sheldonboy , Sun Oct 03, 2010 7:29 am

As many buildings are made to very old designs these days or frontages kept to face new buildings, I'm surprised old cobbled streets arn't uncovered these days or in fact new ones laid. SB


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RE: Topography

#58 by Deleted User , Sun Oct 03, 2010 7:53 am

Ankle breakers surely?

They are laid in edging strips round here .


RE: Topography

#59 by Voltman , Sun Oct 03, 2010 5:08 pm

Most pavements in Algarve are made from small cubes of rough stone. They can be a bit slippery and are always uneven. There are always holes where a bunch of them have come loose and get scattered about.
I think people just take extra care and so avoid accidents. In the UK we have gotten too used to walking about on comparatively safe and even surfaces.
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RE: Topography

#60 by Sheldonboy , Sun Oct 03, 2010 5:20 pm

Nice smooth pavements are ok until they get icy. Then they get Dicey. That's not nicey. [Laugh Out Loud]


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