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Bishop Street Post Office

Bishop Street watercolour c1900

Looking back down Bishop Street in 1957 (below), it's just possible to imagine how the pre-war, undamaged view down a narrow curvy street, drawing your attention toward the two largest spires, presented numerous artists with a wonderful opportunity to paint or sketch a scene of a city still retaining its medieval roots.
The artists impression on the right from the early 1900s shows one such view.

The owners of the tiny Bishop Street Post Office back then must have stared in disbelief at the huge replacement Sorting Office that was to dominate the street in later years.

Another modern nuisance is the spoilt view of the spires. The vista of clean silhouetted outlines is now totally ruined by the tower block in Much Park Street, next to the Crown Court, lurking in the background.

Bishop Street Post Office 1957
Bishop Street Sorting Office 2006

These next two views show the same Post Office / Sorting Office from the south. The truck in the 1957 scene looks like it could be struggling a bit!

Bishop Street Post Office 1957
Bishop Street Sorting Office 2006

 
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