At the heart of the Precinct – I found the former Three Tuns pub stood standing – still.
Subsequently imaginatively reimagined as Roosters.
The exterior – and interior for that matter, adorned with the decorative concrete work of William Mitchell.
The area also being blessed with his cast panels and modular tower block fascia.
The precinct is currently, yet again, being considered for constructive rehabilitation, as part of the city’s City of Culture concatenations.
The threat to Modernism is no new thing, and the hurried scrabble for progress, ever so often erases the recent history of that progress.
I popped in way back in 2016, and Mr and Ms Rooster were more than happy, if not a tad perplexed, to have me snap around their chicken shack.
Sufficiently satiated, why not take a stroll around town, whilst it’s still there.
Take in the Cathedral – soon to be become the Kwik-Fit National Museum of Tyre Fitting.
Above the current market office is an impressive painted mural by art students from Dresden commissioned especially for the market in the 1950s in a Socialist Realist manner, depicting farming and industrial scenes.
The Gordon Cullen tiles have been renovated and re-sited within the exit corridor.
Still in clear view the stone relief work of John Skelton November 1956. Three of the eight column have incised Hornston stone works, depicting the activities of the CWS.
Get yourself there pronto – current restrictions considered of course.
You just might be in time to see the Station.