Postcards from Winchester

Wessex Hotel, just outside the cathedral: lovely old buildings were demolished in the early 60s so that it could be erected. It is, writes Dalrymple, 'of almost comical ugliness'

Wessex Hotel, just outside the cathedral: lovely old buildings were demolished in the early 60s so that it could be erected. Dalrymple writes that the hotel, which operates under the Mercure brand, is ‘of almost comical ugliness‘. Perhaps it is funnier for those who do not have to live opposite, near, or indeed within 100 miles of it

Friarsgate car park

Friarsgate car park

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Hampshire County Council offices, early 1960s

Hampshire County Council offices, early 1960s

Hampshire County Council offices, early 1960s

Hampshire County Council offices, early 1960s

 

The ugliness of the metal-frame Brooks shopping centre is not, writes Dalrymple, comical like the Wessex Hotel, 'it is criminal. One would advocate its immediate demolition if one had any confidence that it would be replaced by anything better'

The ugliness of the metal-frame Brooks shopping centre is not, writes Dalrymple, comical like the Wessex Hotel, ‘it is criminal. One would advocate its immediate demolition if one had any confidence that it would be replaced by anything better’

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