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Coleford Town Hall - early 1960s.

Coleford Town Hall

Photos of Coleford Town Hall in the early 1960s.

John Ricketts wrote: "Here are some shots of Coleford Town Centre. Probably taken in the early 60’s. Sent to me by my brother Robert".

Top Right: "This was taken from outside the fish shop run by Alan Barter. He is on the left talking to Tom? Voice who ran the butchers’ shop under the Town Hall. His wife now runs the butchers shop in Newland street.The space below the hall was used for market stalls. The sign reads DUTCH BULBS DAFFS 1/9.The premises next to The Angel was used in the 50’s-60’s as the R. A. F. Association Club. Next to this is Evan’s sweet shop".

Top Left: "On the L H S of this shot we see the back staircase with triangular window over. The modern extension in the background was used as an administrative office for the youth service at one time. Some of the fine masonry shows up in this shot. Balcony (damaged but repairable),sawn quoins ,carved corbelled rainwater supports, carved chimneys and arches. Alas all was demolished in the mid 60’s".

Bottom Right: "A general shot of the Tump. I think you already have a better one of this. The roof turret shows up particularly well here.The Town Hall Front Door Details shown here are carved stone bow window, circular gable feature.The modern glass bus shelter built in the early 60’s".

Bottom Left: "In the foreground the horse trough is in its original position. This was removed in 1959 but has since been reinstated.The cast iron pole from the top originally supported a fine gas lamp. Latterly this was removed to make way for a sign to the public conveniences in Newland street! Illumination was then provided by a concrete lamp post.The trough was much used up to the late 40’s to enable dray horses to climb up the hills from the town"

Terry Harper added (Feb 2009): "The Austin A35 on the left (UDF 661) dates from 1958, as I had UDF173 on a VW Beetle bought in January 1958".

Marian Voyce added (Feb 2009): "The butcher talking to Alan Barter was Lionel Voyce not Tom Voice. Lionel's Father started the Butchers Stall in 1932 and when Lionel left Grammer School he worked there until the building was demolished in 1968. The rent was then £1 per week. Lionel then purchased the shop in Newland street  which is still in business. F.C. Voyce & Son, Butchers has served Coleford for 77 years".

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