Dead High Street

by Jarvo J January. 15, 2013 6586 views

All of these pictures were taken in the same street today during a short walk up our High Street in my lunch break.

The really sad thing is that there's nothing special about this particular street. I'm sure I could find as many empty shops in many towns.

Jessops - at least partially responsible for wiping out independent photographic shops in this country. Now a victim itself. It went into administration last week and looking by the shutters isn't trading.

The next to go? HMV - wen't into administration last night. It was trading today, but in some form of legalised robbery was not accepting vouchers.

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Francesc 6 years, 8 months ago

That's true..Grreat captures!

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Moira 6 years, 8 months ago

That is sad .
BTW It's a long time since I've seen window's whitened like those in no9 , what did they use to do that?

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Stormfish 6 years, 8 months ago

yes, nothing special unfortunately many other places here, too. is it just commercial depression causing this? or are shoppers moving on to supermalls? or even into flashy websites, online shopping and direct delivery to your door?

and what happens to all these places? will they become art galleries, fancy bars or strip clubs? high st and our city centers don't need to be shopping areas... we could use them for a lot of other, quite interesting purposes! :-)

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
John Parsons 6 years, 8 months ago

Very sad Jon when I can remember the High Street being revamped back in the early 60s!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ann Garratty 6 years, 8 months ago

That could be the high street in Stevenage, every other shop closed or rented to folk selling cheap crappy goods, it is a very sad state of affairs, and with a new Tesco or Sainsbury superstore opening on every other corner, it isn't going to get better for the small trader...

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Jacki 6 years, 8 months ago

It seems increasingly hard for "downtown" shops to survive as they were in the past... eventually sometime new will come of it all.

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Brian Cofer 6 years, 8 months ago

Great but sad post. So many of our streets look like that these days in this big-box-store age.

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Helen Hooker 6 years, 8 months ago

A very sad sight indeed. Ironically Jessops in my home town was always my last photographic port of call after our local independent shop which employs much more knowledgeable staff and offers more competitive prices!

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Gillian Parsons 6 years, 8 months ago

Yes it is a sad sight...................I remember it in the 60's I was at Southend College, Victoria Circus was a beautiful place many lovely Victorian buildings, wonderful department stores, I remember the first Wimpy Bar, and being able to buy one cigarette for the old the old days are not always the best, but I have some happy memories of this now very sad town. You can how,ever travel 3 miles along the road and see a very different town, that prospers and still gives that personal touch to the shoppers.

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 6 years, 8 months ago

One of the many things Britons can be proud of is their amazing ability to adapt and reinvent themselves. I think you and I are about the same age, Jon, which means we remember the Winter of Discontent, the Maggie-boom years (in the South, at least), Black Wednesday and Cool Britannia. Despite these roller coasters, SE England has consistently achieved lower unemployment figures and higher per capita GDP than practically anywhere else in Europe. Even so, yours is a very sobering post.

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Dan Ravasio 6 years, 8 months ago

Abysmal mood this sets Jon....

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Marilyn Grimble 6 years, 8 months ago

OMG ... I know that's Southend High Street. How very sad... It wasn't like that when I worked in Alex House (opp. last photo) back in the 70s. I guess shopping on-line and the recession have done this.

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