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Dunkirk Road - Dunkirk

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Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2005 


Photograph by Lenton Local History Society 


Photograph by Paul Bexon



Dunkirk Road can be seen on the right of this 2005 photograph with Cloister Street going off to the left.  Given the shape of the house plot the property in the foreground was never destined to have much of a front garden.


A photograph taken in the early twentieth century shows the view looking towards Abbey Street. Bridge House is visible on the right.  The properties on the left came down just prior to the First World War.


The same view in 1998 taken from the junction with Warwick Street.  Just visible in the far distance are the town houses that replaced Bridge House.  










Photograph by Lenton Local History Society 


Photograph by Lenton Local History Society 


Photograph by Lenton Local History Society



The extension of Clifton Boulevard effectively chopped Dunkirk Road into two.  This portion, showing the Barn Houses in the early 1960's, now lies beneath Clifton Boulevard.  The prominent building at the head of Beeston Road is just evident in the far distance.


When a new section of Abbey Street was constructed to link up with Beeston Road in the early part of the twentieth century it sliced Dunkirk Road into two discrete sections.  This is the start of the second portion of Dunkirk Road at its junction with the extended portion of Abbey Street.


Both this and the previous shot were probably taken in the 1950's.  The Barn Houses are believed to have been originally a medieval building that was later converted into domestic dwellings.










Photograph by Dave Saxton - 1982


Photograph by Paul Bexon - 2004





 This section of Dunkirk Road lies west of Clifton Boulevard.  Taken in 1982 this photograph, shows the junction with Marlborough Street and part of the children's play area. The play area was created to replace the one that lay on the east side of Clifton Boulevard, commandeered to create part of the QMC site.


 The photographer is now standing on the western end of Dunkirk Road and looking back at part of the 'terrace' of properties built in the latter part of the nineteenth century




The People's Dispensary For Sick Animals : Dunkirk Road





Photograph by Paul Bexon - July 2005  


Photograph by Paul Bexon - 1987


Photograph by Paul Bexon - 1987 



The P.D.S.A. has operated from four different sets of premises while based in Lenton.  This is the present building as it looked in July 2005.


In 1960 the animal treatment centre moved into new purpose-built facilities but in the mid 1980s the P.D.S.A. decided these were no longer adequate and this 1987 shot shows the initial stages of their demolition.


Prior to demolition a set of temporary premises were erected alongside the 1960s building and these can be seen in this photograph with the demolition site lying off to the tight.










Photograph by Paul Bexon - 1987 


Photograph by Paul Bexon - 1987




Another view of the demolition site with the tower of Dunkirk Fire Station positioned centre stage.


A close up on the pile of rubble shows a fragment of wall still stands with a sign that reads 'This Animal Treatment Centre supported entirely by voluntary contributions is only for those unable to afford private veterinary attention.'


Strictly speaking this shot should be featured on the Abbey Street page as it shows the original P.D.S.A. premises which were situated alongside the junction with Clifton Boulevard.  These were demolished once the treatment centre had moved into its new building over on Dunkirk Road.










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