Friday, 31 July 2009

Victoria Hotel.(the missing pic)

The third pic from a set of three of the last days of the Victoria Hotel on the corner of Widemarsh Street and Newmarket Street 1967.The hotel finally closed it's doors on the 7th October 1967 to make way for the Inner Relief Road.In the background is the Wellington Inn looking much the same as it does today.Now known as JDs.
Many Thanks to Mr Mark Farmer who's father Arthur took this pic from a upstairs window while he was landlord of the Old Harp Pub.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Burghill Asylum.Hereford

Old Postcard image taken early 1900s of "The Asylum". Burghill.Opened in 1871 at a cost of £67.000 it was known as "The Hereford County and City Lunatic Asylum".It was later extended in 1900 at a cost £40.000 and could accommodate up to 550 inmates as they were called in those days.The "Asylum" latter became known as "St Mary's Hospital" and was finally closed in 1994 to make way for a modern housing development although a lot of the original buildings still remain today.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Mott The Hoople/Edgar Street 1971.

Hereford United Football Club Monday 30th August 1971 and local band "Mott the Hoople" are top of the bill for this rare concert staged at "Hereford United's"Edgar Street ground. Although the band had not reached there peak "All The Young Dudes" was released in 1972, they still managed to pull a crowd of over 3ooo into the Edgar Street ground on a warm August Bank Holiday Monday in 1971.

Another local band "Karakorum" included a young musician by the name of Martin Chambers who later went on to form another successful local band "The Pretenders"

Take a look at the ticket price and on the day a massive 77 pence.My how time's have changed.

If anyone has any recollections of that day it would be great to let us know here at Old Hereford Pics.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

The River Wye 1903.

Rarely seen postcard view from 1903 looking upstream from the Old Wye Bridge.On the left is "Jordan's Boathouse" with it's array of boats.On the right is Greyfriers House in all it's glory and further upstream can be seen "Hunderton Railway Bridge opened in 1853.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Ariel View,Commercial Square 1940s/1950s.

An ariel view of Commercial Square taken some time in the 1940s early 1950s.As you can see there was very little traffic passing through the city in those days, a very different story from today's traffic jams. It's hard to think why on earth they would want to build a ring road so close to the city's main shopping centre in the years that followed.