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Winchester city centre from the air
YES, it’s Winchester, taken from about 1,000 feet by a Chronicle photographer.
But can you work out the year? There are plenty of clues for the eagle-eyed.
Here’s a few: there is no Brooks Centre, which makes it pre-1990. The open air car park, with street market, stretched towards the Middle Brook Centre, then a bingo club. Friarsgate took a sharp left turn into Middle Brook Street instead of carrying on as it now does to Upper Brook Street.
The Law Courts appear to have been completed and the High Street pedestrianised so it must be after 1974. Peninsula Barracks still seems to be active so it is before the Army moved out in 1986 leaving it empty for the best part of a decade.
There have been lots of other changes especially to the right (or north) of the High Street.
The Moorside Nursing Home on Durngate has yet to be built and is still a second hand car dealers. The bowling green off North Walls is still there, as is the King Alfred Boys Club on Middle Brook Street.
There appears to be several ramshackle buildings around the police station and School of Art as well as the last vestiges of industry with the laundry on Gordon Road and Marston’s brewery depot on Hyde Street.
The other side of the High Street and there is the oasis of permanence: the cathedral and Winchester College, ignoring those modern upstarts the Wessex Hotel and city council offices in Colebrook Street.
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