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Spital Hill in 1970

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Yes, I remember the place quite well in those days. With a range of shops including a "swap shop" and a few decent drinking holes... the place had a character of its own and wasn't notorious in those days for just drugs and trouble.

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The swap shop sounds interesting - what was that and how did it work?

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Like a vintage version of Cash Convertors. They bought stuff from desperate people for peanuts and then sold them for roasted cashews.

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It's unfortunate to see what's become of it. 

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Happier Times on Spital Hill.

Star Green 'un 27 December 1958

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Wasn't The Coliseum demolished to make way for a filling station?

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2 hours ago, lysander said:

Wasn't The Coliseum demolished to make way for a filling station?

Yes, it was a MURCO filling station.

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My grandparents used to live just round the corner on Verdon Street. My grandad used to be on the door at the Coliseum and I have a picture of him in his uniform. My mother used to get in for nothing if he was on the door.

When it closed my grandad got hold of some of the thick stage curtains and used them to decorate a clothes chest which I believe is still in the family somewhere. I always think about it when I drive past and wonder how many people living there now remember the history of the area.

I have only ever seen one interior picture of the Coliseum.

I was 10 when they moved away and the old houses on verdon Street were demolished. I still remember the old stairs leading up to the Victoria railway station from the Wicker arches and wish one day they would open them up again and I could go up them just for old times sake.

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