Gloucester’s architectural cleansing

'Gloucester is a small cathedral city of about 100,000, where the city council has conclusively demonstrated that with the right combination of 1960s urban planning and an undiscriminating welfare policy, the degraded inner city conditions of much larger conurbations may be successfully reproduced in small country towns. The ancient but decayed medieval city centre has been replaced almost in its entirety by concrete buildings that would have gladdened the hearts of the Ceaușescus

‘Gloucester is a small cathedral city of about 100,000, where the council has conclusively demonstrated that with the right combination of 1960s urban planning and an undiscriminating welfare policy, the degraded inner-city conditions of much larger conurbations may be successfully reproduced in small country towns. The ancient but decayed medieval city centre has been replaced almost in its entirety by concrete buildings that would have gladdened the hearts of the Ceaușescus.’

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  • Robinaccio  On February 7, 2017 at 23:24

    I found this entry whilst searching for images of modern buildings in Gloucester and I think your illustration is unfair – the two scenes shown side-by-side are of different places; on the left, one of the ‘gate’ streets which has seen some changes since the Edwardian period but still exists – and the other is a (dated) view of King’s Square which replaced a bus park and public convenience (older Gloucester folk still remember how awful it was) – so not all mindless destruction. Also on your ‘postcard from Gloucester’, the postcard reproduced with the caption ‘irrecoverable’ shows scenes and buildings still used today. Just saying..

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