Gaol Square, Stafford,

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Date:1940 - 1950 (c.)

Description:View looking down Gaolgate Street, towards Market Square.

Behind the clock is Sidney House. This building (which in 2004 houses Cafe Nero) was the birthplace of Thomas Sidney in 1805. Thomas became Lord Mayor of London in 1853 - 1854. His widow erected a fountain in his memory in Gaol Square in 1889.

Many of the buildings remain unchanged above shop window level, but the group of shops on the right have been demolished, victims of road schemes in the town.


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1880s
Mayor's Procession, Stafford
Mayor's Procession, Stafford

View of Gaol Square. In the distance can be seen Foregate Street, on the left, ...

1910s
Dobson's Tobacconists, Stafford,
Dobson's Tobacconists, Stafford,

Dobson's was at 22 Gaolgate Street. The building was later occupied by Radio ...

1920s
Remains of the Sidney Fountain, Stafford
Remains of the Sidney Fountain, Stafford

The Sidney fountain was erected on Gaol Square in 1889 by the widow of Thomas Sidney, ...

1940s
Gaol Square Garage, Stafford,
Gaol Square Garage, Stafford,

This garage was owned by Charles Clarke. The garage later moved to Queensville. Alle ...

1970s
Gaolgate Street, Stafford,
Gaolgate Street, Stafford,

View of Gaolgate Street from Gaol Square, with Woolworths and the entrance to the ...

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Donor ref:P82.036.0004 (18/1716)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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