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    I've been sorting through a lot of old photos and came across some that I took when the old red-brick town of Redditch in Worcestershire was being cleared for redevelopment into a new town. So I thought it would be fun and interesting to post them up.
    The photos were taken circa 1975/76, during Stage 1 of the development.The Redditch Development Corporation were nicknamed by some of us local kids 'The red Devils'.
    Please excuse the poor quality of the pics, but hope you enjoy them anyway.

    Ipsley Street, also known as Back Hill.





    Evesham Street, also known as Front Hill.





    Lower end of Evesham Street showing the first stage of the new Redditch Shopping Centre (on the right), which was eventually extended outwards.



    The former bus station in the centre of the town. Many buildings had already been demolished to give a clear view of the station.





    One of the needle mills close to the town centre.



    Rows of terraced housing just off prospect Hill, just prior to demolition.







    More to follow in a mo...
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    The building on the left may have been a small factory.



    Coal cellars/out houses at the bottom of the gardens, in the process of being demolished.



    Inside one of them.



    The former bus depot/garage.







    Random parts of the town where the buildings had been left empty prior to demolition.







    Derelict houses out towards Crabbs Cross.



    Derelict farmhouse.



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    This is really interesting.
    I was living in Birmingham in the 70's and always assumed that the old Redditch was demolished in the 50's.

    Think you're right about the building in the first photo being a factory. The windows look very much like those in the watchmaker's workshops in Coventry, designed to let in a lot of light

    I have to say the place had a bit of a reputation - as a lot of new towns have.

    Remember drinking at Washford Mill on a few occasions. I believe it was an old needle mill but i might be wrong.

    Still visit the place occasionally through work. It's all very green now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by borntobemild View Post
    Think you're right about the building in the first photo being a factory. The windows look very much like those in the watchmaker's workshops in Coventry, designed to let in a lot of light
    That's amazing! You may have just answered a family-history question for me. My great grandfather was a watchmaker in Clerkenwell, London (a family tradition spanning three generations) yet his son was born in Coventry. I didn't realise there were watchmakers in Coventry, so he may have moved there for work reasons. Nice one!

    Quote Originally Posted by borntobemild View Post
    Remember drinking at Washford Mill on a few occasions. I believe it was an old needle mill but i might be wrong.
    I knew it was a water mill but not sure what for so I just googled to find out, and yes, you're right...it was used to power a needle factory. :)
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    WOW Foxy, that place has changed loads, it looks nothing like your pictures now. Excellent pics, there was some gorgous looking buildings in your pics. Really like the bus depot building, has that been demolished too? That's a travesty :(

    Excellent Work Foxy,

    :) Sal
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    Quote Originally Posted by smileysal View Post
    Really like the bus depot building, has that been demolished too?
    Cheers Sal. Don't know about the depot but thought I'd put those pics in just in case it's gone. ;)
    The last time I visited was '85 and that side of the town was still all there. I really don't want to go back again though, as a lot of what I remembered from my childhood had already gone and I suspect it all has now.
    The sad thing is that my adopted 'home town' in Devon is just starting redevelopment. :( Feel all depressed now!
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    Cheers Foxy. I really hope it hasn't gone in the name of progress. Will have to have a nosey around Redditch at some point and see whats there now and what isn't. We're losing far too much nowadays, instead of keeping loads of historical buildings, they demolish them all and stick up either tiny boxes, or concrete or glass things instead.

    Much prefer all the old stuff instead.

    Thanks again Foxy,

    :) Sal
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    I lived outside of Redditch in a farming community and all the land there has now been built over with housing. I don't know how they managed to do it but 'The Red Devils' prevented anyone born locally from buying or renting any of the new housing. We were literally forced out of our own town. :icon_evil
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    Simon would like the old lampposts in many of those pictures.

    Redditch has the only cloverleaf junction in England, there were 2 in Livingstone, but one has been pulled down, & the other is due to come down soon.

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    My God, I work just around the corner from the Washford Mill. This is a small world!!!:)

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