Market Square, Stafford

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Date:1988

Description:This view was taken looking north across the Market Square towards Gaolgate Street in Stafford. In the centre the single-decker bus belongs to Ipswich Borough Transport and it is an East Lancashire bodied Dennis Falcon. It is thought to be on loan to Midland Red for type testing as they had several around this time.

The Market Square was laid out with flower beds, trees and seating in 1953 to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Later in 1992, as part of the pedestrianisation of the town centre, the bus shelter was removed, the square was paved and the A34 was re-routed around the town.
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In the background, all of the buildings remain (June 2022) although some have changed use on several occasions. Left to right: a glimpse of Boots the Chemist shop, Barclays Bank, entrance to Stafford Market, Wrygges a clothing shop (the building painted white), which in later years had various occupants, currently it is occupied by Specsavers Opticians and Audiologists. centre right is the Alliance and Leicester Building Society which later became the Santander Bank, on the extreme right is the former National Provincial Bank which became the NatWest Bank, later it was a Pizza Express restaurant and currently it is the No. 3 café bar and restaurant.

This photograph was taken by Stafford photographer Tony Boydon.


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1600s
Scold's bridle
Scold's bridle

An iron scold's bridle or brank from Stafford. Its date is uncertain, possibly ...

1840s
Broadsheet  - Staffordshire Lent Assizes, 1845
Broadsheet - Staffordshire Lent Assizes, 1845

A broadsheet detailing the sentences for prisoners at the Staffordshire Lent Assizes, ...

1880s
Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd
Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd

Thomas Noon Talfourd (1795-1854), was a writer, judge, and politician. He was called ...

1910s
Turner & Co., late Brookfields, Greengate Street, Stafford
Turner & Co., late Brookfields, Greengate Street, Stafford

When Brookfields department store closed in 1909 James Turner, one of the store's ...

1930s
Auxiliary Fire Service lapel badge
Auxiliary Fire Service lapel badge

The Auxiliary Fire Service was created in July 1938 to assist the Fire Brigade ...

1960s
Charity run, Market Square, Stafford
Charity run, Market Square, Stafford

Venture Scouts pictured in front of the Shire Hall, Stafford at the start of a long ...

1990s
Greengate Street, Stafford
Greengate Street, Stafford

This view was taken looking south from Market Square to Greengate Street in Stafford. ...

2010s
Memorial to Thomas Noon Talfourd, Shire Hall, Stafford
Memorial to Thomas Noon Talfourd, Shire Hall, Stafford

Thomas Noon Talfourd (1795-1854), was a writer, judge, and politician. He was called ...

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Creators: Tony Boydon - Creator

Donor ref:P2005.4.2645a (37/46767)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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