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Aerial view of Lydney - late 1950's

An old photo of the are around Watts Garage Lydney.

"Aerial view of the Watts (Factors) site at high street Lydney, now Tesco’s. I think it dates from the late 50’s. The High Street can be seen in the top left corner. Oxford Street is shown on the lower edge of the picture and the dark roofed building with the open doors was the Watts body repair shop.The new white building in the centre of the frame housed the commercial workshops, engine reconditioning workshop and Machine shop".

Rog Dennis added: "... . The Petrol pumps stand on the site of No. 44 High St,\"Rosemont". My maternal grandmother, Anne House Pritchard ran this as a guest house (owned by John Watts). My grandfather William Edward Pritchard passed away in early 1957 after which my grandmother moved out to 2, Oxford St (just off the photo, to the left). A visit to Lydney, a few years ago, horrified me when I realised that an entire side of the High St had now vanished, thanks to Tesco. I can't recall any similar feelings at Rosemont being demolished first, when we visited 1957 -c. 1965 when my grandmother passed away. We always drove down the High St. Could it be that this photo is mid 60s?".

John Bunker added: "... If my memory serves me well - Vera Jones from Lydfield Road worked at Watts at this time. The house set back from the shops is where Mrs Pocock lived and one of those shops was where Hastie's? was - Men's Outfitter where we got our school uniform. Dad (David Bunker) lodged with the Pococks when he worked for British Road Services which had nationalised Tommy Thomas's haulage company".

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