Friday, 28 October 2011

3 GLIMPSES OF CHARLES STREET - 70'S

Here we have 3 shots taken in the early 70's showing the area around Charles Street.
Top image is the upper stretch of the Wellgate with Charles Street junction on the right.
Some of the shops around this location, such as Ken's Bazaar (far right) have called it a day and have the boarding up, while others seem to be hanging on in there just a wee bit longer.
The middle image is from the remains of Charles Street looking back over to the Wellgate. The street itself was connected to Idvies Street which would be further back behind the photographer.
The street sign visible on the building on the left is Charles Lane.
The bottom picture's view from the Hilltown reveals that the demolition work has nearly reached the corner of Charles Street, and so almost the end of its existence.
Photos by Gordon C.

11 comments:

  1. Great set of photos as ever, i have vague memories of the area looking like this, wasted opportunity to tidy it up and have a historical landmark

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  2. What was the name of the barber in charles street, my mind has gone blank!

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  3. There was a hairdresser called Bell in Charles St in 1970, if that's the one you're thinking of.

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  4. Says here it was Wm Menzies up to 1964, Alister Bell 1965-70 and Raymond's 1971-72.

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  5. Imagine how this would look restored, sort of like the little back streets of Prague, Budapest, Barcelona, Lisbon etc. Brings tear to my eye. Why didn't someone say NO?

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  6. hard to believe now but that picture was probably taken from where that wee path passes over the slip road entrance to wellgate car park!

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  7. That was my fathers shop until he moved premises in 68 to Monifieth and still there today - A. Bell , Gents Hairdresser .
    He will be delighted to see these pics in colour .

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  8. I'm with The Historian on this.

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  9. Historian and Bridie: don't know if you're familiar with the work of Professor Charles McKean. He has very persuasive views about how in the 20th century the city stopped valuing its own heritage to the point that, in his words, 'anything new would do'.

    He also tirelessly tries to draw attention to the tremendous heritage potential of what is left. If you get the chance to hear him speak, go.

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  10. Thanks Neale.
    I have heard him speak and have several of his books. Very interesting guy and, like you, I'd encourage any Dundonian interested in Dundee's past and future heritage to seek him out.

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  11. Hi Neale, thanks for the tip. I have just looked at one of the books I have and it's by him! Should take more notice of that kind of thing. Would love to hear him speak though. Will keep ears and eyes open.

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