SK5739 : Maid Marian Way, Nottingham

taken 55 years ago, near to Nottingham, Great Britain

Maid Marian Way, Nottingham
Maid Marian Way, Nottingham
The scheme to cut a new road through the centre of Nottingham from Chapel Bar to Canal Street was first mooted by the city council in 1945, but it was a controversial plan from the start. Many felt that addressing the serious post-war housing shortage should have had a higher priority and there was also alarm at the number of historic properties that would be demolished. In the end the road was built in the 1960s and was christened Maid Marian Way. It did allow some busy city centre shopping streets to be pedestrianised but the road itself was characterised by a seemingly miscellaneous collection of modern and old buildings with little attempt at architectural harmony; it was famously described as 'the ugliest street in Europe' - a remark possibly attributable to Professor Arthur Ling of Nottingham University's Department of Architecture and Civic Planning.
In this view from 1965 construction work is taking place at the junction with Friar Lane. A roundabout was built here with a series of pedestrian underpasses, although in recent years that has been removed. Note the vintage taxi passing through the roadworks.
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SK5739, 3087 images   (more nearby search)
Contributed by
Stephen McKay   (find more nearby)
Date Taken
June 1965   (more nearby)
Sunday, 28 June, 2020
Geographical Context
Roads, Road transport  City, Town centre  Construction, Development 
Primary Subject of Photo
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 5703 3970 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:57.0994N 1:9.1570W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 5699 3972
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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