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Kingsmead Street

Picture of Wartime Damage

Kingsmead Street used to be one of the main routes into Bath centre, running from its junction with Charles Street opposite New King Street, through to Kingsmead Square, from which Westgate Buildings took traffic towards Southgate.

It is very different now. Kingsmead Street is now a cul-de-sac of some dozen shops, ending where the damaged buildings furthest from the camera are seen in the photograph. The remainder of Kingsmead Street was demolished and replaced by a shoppers car park, flats for council housed tenants, and modern office buildings.

Kingsmead Square no longer gives access to Westgate buildings for vehicles either; and the building in the distance in the photograph survived the blitz, but was demolished in the 1960s and replaced by a modern building of similar design in a slightly different place, as part of a road widening and straightening scheme.


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