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RIP Cannon

sorry for the lack of posting but my camera has a terminal illness and I have no medical insurance to pay for treatment.

My View

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To the left…

On a nice day I can see past the ferry port to Mount Edgecombe ( on the centre right of the horizon), on a bad day I can just about see the play park!!!

To the right…

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the electrical sub station has now been painted green, so it blends in with the grass!!

Tamar Bridge

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The Tamar Bridge is a major road bridge at Saltash in southwest England carrying traffic between Cornwall and Devon. When it opened in 1961 it was the longest suspension bridge in the United Kingdom. In 2001 it became the world’s first suspension bridge to be widened (from three to five lanes) using cantilevers, and the world’s first bridge to undergo strengthening and widening work while remaining open to traffic.

Construction of the Tamar Bridge began in July 1959. Before this, the lowest road crossing of the River Tamar was Gunnislake New Bridge at the village of Gunnislake.

Before the Tamar Bridge was opened, most car drivers wishing to travel between Saltash (on the Cornish side) and the Devon city of Plymouth used car ferries. Today the Tamar Bridge carries approximately 40 000 vehicles every day. It is co-owned by Plymouth City Council and Cornwall County Council.

The Bridge was officially opened by HRH the Queen Mother on April 26th 1962 when she cut a tape on the Plymouth side and walked across the bridge to meet the Mayor of Saltash on the Cornish side of the river.

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In 1869 plans were invited for the design of a new Guildhall to replace the one at the top of the High Street.  Twenty sets of plans were received.

The Guildhall was built in 1873 by Mr John Pethick, later Mayor of Plymouth. The Guildhall block was opened on Thursday August 13th 1874 by HRH the Prince of Wales, (later to become King Edward VII).

Badly damaged in WWII it was restored in the 1950s.The Guildhall and Municipal Offices managed to survive the first night of the Plymouth Blitz but were gutted by fire during the night of March 21st/22nd 1941.  Only two months before, when the City was short of cooking facilities, hundreds of Plymothians had packed the Guildhall for a very welcome hot lunch. As a result of this damage, the Guildhall was very nearly demolished.  In fact when the Minister of Works, Mr R R Stokes, visited the site on Saturday July 22nd 1950, he said that: ‘the whole building should be knocked down and a fresh start made.

Work started early in January 1953 and by March over 1,000 tons of debris had been cleared away, most of it dumped on The Hoe and some in Stonehouse Creek.  Interestingly, no plans of the Guildhall existed and surveyors had to record all the dimensions of the building while this work was in progress.

The restoration work started on June 30th 1954, some six months later than planned.


http://www.plymouthdata.info/Guildhalls.htm

Plymouth at night

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Picture taken from Saltash, view of Ernesettle.

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http://www.plymouthart.ac.uk/

As one of only four remaining further and higher specialist art and design colleges in the country, the College provides a role locally, regionally, nationally and internationally in providing excellence in Art and Design education and training