Miscellaneous photos, Christchurch part 1
This page follows Miscellaneous photos 3, the 1960s.
I took most of these photos in the late afternoon of May 1st, and a morning and two early afternoons in June 2020 in Christchurch on the Dorset coast. I took the May photos with my usual Fujifilm FinePix HS50 EXR zoom ‘bridge’ camera. I took the June photos with a new (pre-owned) Fujifilm X100F fixed lens compact. Both are electronic cameras despite the film part of the name Fujifilm.
I have also included a photo from 2018 and one from 1996, the latter taken with a film camera shortly after my mother died in December 1995.
The sequence starts from the railway bridge where Fairmile Road becomes Bargates, proceeds down to the High street, left onto Castle Street, right onto Convent Walk to the quay. Photos of subsequent parts of the route are on the next page.
I took this photo in the morning. By afternoon, the Coffee Pot is on the shadowed side of the street.
The Oasis Cafe is long gone, but I remember sitting outside it with my old mum in the last year of her life reading a magazine about World War 2 airplanes that I had just bought in WH Smith, a few metres away. At the time of writing (summer 2020) these premises are occupied by one of a succession of small businesses that, while possibly viable in London, are doomed to fail in provincial Britain, their parting message sometimes appearing as a printed sheet complaining that they were forced to close because of insufficient government subsidy. The free market, eh?
Incidentally, the only cafe in Christchurch (Dorset) I do not recommend is Caffè Nero on the corner of Saxon Square.
This was during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, during which many shops were closed and pedestrians kept a two-metre distance apart, unless they were members of the same household.
And this was after the pandemic panic had receded and the public reverted to the usual pandemonium.
The doors at the end of the arcade used to be an entrance to the main post office. Now (in 2020) it is a vintage ladies’ dress shop. The promises inside the glass at right are a cafe bar, but for many years it was a carpet store. And the Pizza Express on the left was in the early- and mid-1990s a shop of mixed content, which included plastic model kits and even aviation postcards. The spaces farther down have changed use similarly over the years.
Incidentally, the next page (part 2 of this virtual tour) starts by going through those iron gates on the right. However, for the remaining photos on this page, departure from Castle Street is a few metres farther on.
Turning right from Castle Street opposite the King’s Arms hotel and just before the first river bridge onto Convent Walk…
Castle Street becomes Bridge Street at the first bridge (as far as I can determine).
I took this photo of Faina in late August 2018. It fits in geographically with this series, if not temporally.
This topic continues in Miscellaneous photos, Christchurch part 2.
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