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Martineau Street

Vivienne14

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Martineau Street no longer exists and surprisingly didn't have a particularly long life.It was cut in 1886 to replace Crooked Lane. But by 1960 it had disappeared as part of the development of Martineau Place. Martineau Street looks to have once been a significant street, with many substantial buildings.


Martineau Street in 1903

Martineau Street to the right, Rackham's development to the left in 1959

from the 1977 Archaeological Desk Survey for the development of Martineau Galleries by Litherland and Mould.


Viv.
 

Vivienne14

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Certainly does Phil. Never particularly liked what replaced it. The Litherland/Mould extract says "In Martineau Square this route opens out onto an attractive resting-place". Well, not the one I remember. Viv.
 

Vivienne14

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Strictly speaking Martineau Street and Crooked Lane existed at the same time according to this 1890 OS map. Looks like Martineau Street only replaced Crooked Lane in the sense of it being as a more direct 'route' to High Street/Dale End. So Crooked Lane remained after Martineau Street was cut through, but don't know exactly how long after though. Viv.

 

Vivienne14

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The Martineau Square architecture just looks so unfinished Phil. I know many people wanted 'modern' by this time, but it looks, well, boring. All the interesting character gone, along with all the quality shops and offices.

And Crooked Lane was still well and truly there in 1946 according to this extract from The Inner Ring Road development map. Viv.

 

Vivienne14

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A great print Nick, full of atmosphere. Can make out the Cobden on Corporation Street/corner of Cherry Street too.. Wonder what 'Abdulla' was? Viv.
 

Vivienne14

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Thanks all. Those businesses must have done a roaring trade right next to the tram stop. I like the little boy waiting for the tram holding a wrapped gift. Maybe he went into town with his grandpa to buy it and can't wait to get it home! Viv.
 

ellbrown

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A modern view of what is now Martineau Way.



Note that Poundland has moved to where H & M used to be. And Argos now occupies the former Dixons location.
 

Vivienne14

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Thanks Ell. It's changed a little, but not so much as to call it an attractive shopping area. Still has a slight air of 'no-mans' land about it!

Now if I remember rightly, the Martineau Square development started alongside and parallel with Union Street. But does anyone know how far it stretched towards Bull Street. Martineau Street was between Union Street and Bull Street. So did the Martineau Square development cover the whole area between Union and Bull Streets I.e covering over and stretching beyond Martineau Street? Viv.
 

Vivienne14

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Thanks Richie. I'm presuming the John Ball photo is of the bottom end of Martineau Street (Dale End/High Street end) actually looks like very little of Martineau Street left at that time. And there seems to be an entrance to a car park (?) there perhaps. Would this be underneath the Martineau Square development ? Viv.
 

Richie

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Thats a yes to everything Viv. For those with a little time, there's a photo of Henry's department store-or rather its plot of land-which should pick up Martineau Street in around 1960 also. Just can't find the right thread it appears on.
 

ellbrown

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Is a bit odd having an office block in the middle of restaurants and take aways, that is below it (although many Martineau Place units are still empty!).

Snow Hill Plaza / JFK is now a Holiday Inn Express.

Exchange Buildings near New Street is now a Premier Inn.
 
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