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Offline Dozydog

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Re: Luton Arches Shops.
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2015, 22:11:31 »
There were shops between the arches as well, sure I can remember a cafe there.

The cafe was called The Wilberforce. My Dad used to take me in there a lot as a boy. The owner always used to burn the toast, then scrape the burnt bits off with a knife and give it to you .... would get away with that now. But nobody seemed to mind

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Re: Luton Arches Shops.
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2015, 09:31:21 »
There were shops between the arches as well, sure I can remember a cafe there.

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Re: Luton Arches Shops.
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2015, 17:18:28 »
One of the shops on the right was demolished in the spectacular Tank Transport Accident in about 1956.

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Re: Luton Arches Shops.
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2014, 19:21:37 »
I'm not an expert on the photography either but my mother had a hand held Brownie Box camera as far back as I can remember - 1932 - that would have coped with that. It was a bright sunny day and the tram would have been moving directly towards the photographer, so no blurring due to movement.
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Re: Luton Arches Shops.
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2014, 19:07:14 »
Its a terrific window into a lost age, fascinating that all the local residents are 'posing' for the shot, I wonder how many of them got to see the actual photo? I am not an expert on photography of this period, but presumably this is some sort of time exposure (though cannot see any 'blurs'), if so does this mean that the tram had also come to a stop for the photographer as well I wonder.
The Luton Arches structure does not seem to have changed that much over the years, shame they could not have arranged a train to be passing at the time!
Presumably at least one of the the shops on the right hand side of the road backed on to the legendary extensive tunnel network under the lines?

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Re: Luton Arches Shops.
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2014, 14:25:08 »
Hi. Thanks for the photo.

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Re: Luton Arches Shops.
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2014, 19:00:15 »
On the side where you can see the Tram coming up my friend and her family lived in one of the terraced houses there .
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Re: Luton Arches Shops.
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2014, 15:17:42 »
Here is a view from the 1920s.

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Luton Arches Shops.
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2014, 14:55:25 »
Hi everyone.
 My Mum always told me that there used to be shops next to the Luton arches railway bridge. This is in the bit to the left as you go up Chatham Hill which is now grassed over.
  I was talking to an old lady the other day who also remembers the shops, one of which was a florist.
I was wondering if anyone had any photos of these shops.

 

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