Newtown Road, Newbury.
Following on from yesterday’s blog. Heading south from Bartholomew Street leads onto Newtown Road, Newbury. This view is of the southern end looking south.
In the distance, where the road now curves to the right, it originally went straight on. Looking on a map, you can see that it continued straight onto the current A339, which passes to the east (left of the picture).
The textile shop on the left was formerly a car showroom connected to a petrol station. Now long gone, although a vehicle workshop remains to the rear. The concrete forecourt still bears the marks of where the petrol pumps used to be.
To the right can be seen the green tiled roof of one of the earliest petrol stations in the country. Built in 1934, the former Monks Lane Filling Station is now Grade II listed as witness to its importance in British road history.
The building nearer the camera, 123 Newtown Road, Newbury, is now a residential property. In the past, it appears to have been a Chinese Takeaway and a Café. But this all goes to show what a busy scene this would have presented people as they approached Newbury from the south.
- Taken: 9 May 2017
- Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 MkII
- Lens: Olympus 14-42 1:3.5-5.6
- Focal Length 14mm
- 1/640 Sec
- ISO 200