This view of Bede Burn road was taken back in the 1950’s and is about half a mile, as the crow fly’s, from the town centre. In the distance can be seen the Steeple of Christ Church which stands in Grange Road West, offset to the left of the town’s shopping centre (as viewed). The old style double-decker bus has been replaced by much nicer single and double-decker buses that no-longer smell of diesel fumes, and I wonder how many people remember the old Reavley’s pop wagons?.
If you compare this photograph to the one from the 50’s you will see very little has changed, although there has been one or two changes. Apart from the shop front opposite the L & N Store being made into a house, with the shops entrance to the side of the building, and the L & N Store in the above photo being no longer there, with the properties behind the L & N Store turned into single apartments little has changed. The L & N Store was found to be structurally insecure and was accordingly demolished in the 60’s, after the store had ceased trading. The plot of land it stood on was planted with shrubs.
To the front of this here and now view you can see part of the one way system that was introduced in the early 1970’s