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Gilly
Melbourne Australia
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466 of 475  Fri 8th Dec 2017 9:36pm  
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This is the Broadgate I loved. Gilly Wave
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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467 of 475  Fri 8th Dec 2017 11:03pm  
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Hi all Wave As well as the folks enjoying a nosh in the Bridge Restaurant. Fabulous pic. Thank you. Greetings to you Gilly & family. Cheers Thumbs up
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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468 of 475  Sat 9th Dec 2017 10:26am  
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And me Gilly, never did understand why they (whoever) had to change it at all. Christmas cheer to you and yours. Cheers
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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469 of 475  Sat 9th Dec 2017 10:39am  
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I concur about Broadgate! Wave
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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470 of 475  Sat 9th Dec 2017 2:38pm  
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John1122
Coventry
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471 of 475  Sun 10th Dec 2017 9:25am  
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On 9th Dec 2017 10:26am, Dreamtime said: And me Gilly, never did understand why they (whoever) had to change it at all. Christmas cheer to you and yours. Cheers
The devil himself has changed it... And we have to do something to get that back. I do not intend to live in that soulless concrete or scandalous lunapark ! you can help me by posting #MakeBroadgateGreenAgain on Twitter, Facebook anywhere. We deserve greenery not that disgusting vulgarity. It is shameful !
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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472 of 475  Sun 10th Dec 2017 10:15am  
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Many on this forum will share your feelings 101% - the loss of the island, the encroachment of Cathedral Lanes, the placement of Lady Godiva, all contribute to them (Sorry, don't do Twitter or Facebook, but wish you well!) Thumbs up
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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473 of 475  Sun 10th Dec 2017 1:33pm  
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From what I heard the island was always littered with drunks and the road busy and difficult to cross (that's from local friends of mine who remember it well) plus it was somewhat awkwardly bodged into the city's urban grid. Plans in the 1960s were to demolish most of the High Street and built two towers on Broadgate that flanked a route through to the Cathedral (the County Court would have been partially demolished). Later plans in the 1980s were to built a 'Lane' linking Broadgate to the Cathedral Quarter. I personally (and many people of mine and younger generations as well) am quite happy that Broadgate is starting to come to life now it is fronted by restaurants. It's been a dead spot for decades. Broadgate island has been gone for almost thirty years now and Cathedral Lanes has finally found its role.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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474 of 475  Sun 10th Dec 2017 1:38pm  
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Growing up with Broadgate In the early 1930's Broadgate seemed to be a hive of shoppers bustling about the streets, there was a triangular piece that ran from Hales Street across the base, with the Burges running up one side and Butcher Row and the huge Cathedral on the other side. Both streets came to a point which I believe was Ironmonger Row and then the shops on either side of Broadgate. Around the mid-thirties the council cleared some of the slums and built Trinity Street but still retained the triangular shape, making Owen Owen keep to the shape, this allowed the traffic to flow into Broadgate from the Burges and Trinity Street simple and easy. From Hertford Street traffic flowed alongside the shops down through Cross Cheaping, with access down either Smithford Street or West Orchard to the Market or straight down into the Burges, the shops and buildings with their plaster and beamwork and the humble dwellings gave colour and interest and pleasure to the eye. Along came the war and destruction. By the 1950's we half-hoped, half-dreaded what the new planners had in store for us? The new planners couldn't be doing with triangles, and artistic work - first they built a box, placed it right across lower Broadgate (Owen Owen), said if you want get to the Burges you will have to go round, we want no more of Cross Cheaping and forget rebuilding West Orchard. Then they built two more tall blank-wall box buildings, one the called Broadgate House, the other Hotel Leofric, with a small gateway between leading to the part hidden Precinct. No more of the individual shops, with their colourful frontage and friendly banter. We would have to await what they planned for the other side of Broadgate. They built a circular green garden island to soften the stark blank walls of Broadgate House (didn't last long), they then thought, now we have trapped the smog and pollution in Broadgate we will create a restaurant over the top of Hertford Street, that will please the people, The character and buildings all gone to bricks concrete and stark walls. The fields, flowers and birds I knew of as a boy all went to modern housing, the quiet and peace now shattered by a modern highway of noise that vibrates day and night through the whole village, this as replaced the skylarks, and blackbird songs I once knew, (time to move on. ), Now I listen to the rage and roar of the sea, or it's peaceful murmer and song on the surf, seagulls have replaced the skylark Broadgate now a memory, left to a younger generation.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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475 of 475  Sun 10th Dec 2017 1:59pm  
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A good post Kaga. Your quote 'Broadgate now a memory, left to the younger generation' - I wonder what they will turn it into next. Words fail me.
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