THEN and almost NOW

Castle street & Pipers Row 80 years apart.



In 1926, before the tram tracks were removed from Pipers Row, this would have been the view across Pipers Row awaiting the the patrons emerging from the “Barley Mow”.

It shows the corner of Castle Street taken up by the Hardware Merchants Langley Shaw. Whose perimeter walls are taken up with a classic display of topical posters from the Wolverhampton Bill-poster Company in Georges Parade, including two advertising the silent film shows that week, at the “Olympia” in Thornley Street and the “Globe” in Horseley Fields.

The building on the far right then was taken up by W.H.Smith wholesale newsagents,and next to them “The Clarence Private Hotel” on the corner of Queen Street.



Today but not quite!

I took this picture from the same position in the Pipers Row seven years ago, when the former bus station entrance, 80 years on from the previous shot, substituted for the Barley Mow.

Across from me then was the building which housed the nightclub New York, New York, which you can see has incorporated the W.H.Smith building, and adjoining it the “Clarence Hotel” but now renamed the “Wulfrun” still housed though in that same Victorian building on the corner of Queen Street.

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