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Victoria Avenue, postcard


Victoria Avenue, postcard
Description:
c1917. Postcard view of Victoria Avenue looking from the junction with York Road. Decorative wrought iron arches mark the entrance to the street and terraced housing can be seen on both sides. The postcard bears a postmark of 30th June 1917.

User Comments:

Name:
B Hallam

Comment:
Apart from the obvious tribute to Queen Victoria, I believe that Victoria Avenue was also the eastern entrance to East End Park.

Date:
11-Jul-2011

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
These 'works of art' appear to be permanent structures. What was their significance? Did they mark the original start of the tree-lined avenue which traversed the length of East End Park until it reached East Park Parade, near the fountain, just before the railway embankment? Were there similar structures at that end also? The houses seem out of place. Were these gateway structures in situ before they were built?

Date:
11-Jul-2011

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
C Lovedale

Comment:
Victoria Avenue was named in honour of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, there were arches erected at both ends of the avenue which were removed during the Second World War. Presumably the arches were erected as part of the Jubilee celebrations.

Date:
16-Jul-2011

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
C. Lovedale has shone some light onto the subject here. Informing us that these arches were removed during W.W.2, tells us that they had been intended to be 'permanent structures'. It is unfortunate that they were cut down probably during the time when the Government was pressuring the nation to further aid the war effort by giving up as much scrap metal as they could find:- Iron - steel - aluminium - brass - copper, on any shape or form. Along with thousands of miles of iron railings, this structure along with many like it must have fallen victim to flame of the oxyacetylene torch. History tells us that this collection of hundreds of thousands of tons of scrap metal was a complete waste of time with regard to helping with the war effort. - - - By then the war was just about over, so it wasn't needed. Even so, it seems that it didn't go to waste. I read somewhere that these vast amounts of metal helped to kick-start the post-war economy. I would imagine that it all helped to make quite a few people very rich.

Date:
15-Mar-2017

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GrahamScho@AOL.com

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