[Wolves] Film of interest

Adam Sweet adamsweet at gmail.com
Thu Aug 18 12:05:45 UTC 2016

On 17/08/16 22:13, Ron Wellsted via Wolves wrote:
> http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-wolverhampton-into-the-seventies-1970/
> or shortened to get past line wrapping
> http://goo.gl/jwugBN

Wow. Most of this happened in the 10 years before I was born but I have
vague recollections of walking through the entrance into one of those
arcades, I remember staring up at the glass roof.

People pay little attention to the things they see every day but I've
always found Wolverhampton's history and buildings interesting. I lived
and worked in a city centre pub on King Street for about 7 years which
was built in 1780 and was one of the first examples of town planning in
the city. There's a lot of Georgian architecture in the city centre and
it's quite an attractive city, if only you take the time to look up
above the shop frontages.

Unfortunately, part of Wolverhampton's negative reputation comes from
the buildings that were built during the period this video discusses,
though that could be said of any industrial town and the town planning
that came with it was essential. It's amusing how optimistic they were
about the Blakenhall and Heath Town developments, given how history will
remember them.

Looking at the Ring Road development, it's funny how things we take for
granted now were solutions to great irritations and evolutionary
problems, which came at the cost of great upheaval at the time.

Interesting :)


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