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Filename: aa081264.jpg

Size: 4342 x 4358 (7.0MB)

Date: 20th January 2009

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Alnwick, Northumberland a081264

MARKET STREET, Alnwick, Northumberland. Looking west along Market Street towards the Northumberland Hall and Town Hall beyond, showing cars parked on cobbles in the foreground. Photographed by John Gay during the 1950s

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Cobble Road Town


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> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > John Gay Collection (1945-1990)

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> Transport > Automobiles

> Transport > Road transport > Cars


EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph, captured by John Gay during the 1950s, transports us back in time to the picturesque market town of Alnwick, Northumberland. The scene unfolds along Market Street, as we look westwards towards the imposing Northumberland Hall and Town Hall, which stand proudly in the distance. The cobblestone street, worn smooth by the passage of time and the countless feet that have trodden upon it, is lined with cars, their shapes and models a testament to the era. The cars, parked haphazardly, add a sense of spontaneity and vitality to the image, as if the town is bustling with activity, even in this moment frozen in time. The town's rich history is evident in the grand architecture of the Northumberland Hall and Town Hall, which dominate the skyline. These historic buildings, with their intricate details and ornate features, have stood the test of time, serving as enduring symbols of Alnwick's past. The atmosphere is one of tranquility and charm, as the sun casts long shadows across the cobbles, illuminating the textures and patterns of the stones. The photograph invites us to imagine the sights, sounds, and smells of the market town in its full glory, as people went about their daily lives, shopping for fresh produce or engaging in lively conversations with their neighbours. John Gay's photograph is a precious reminder of a bygone era, a time when life moved at a slower pace, and the simple pleasures of everyday life were cherished. It invites us to appreciate the beauty and character of Alnwick, Northumberland, and to reflect on the enduring allure of historic market towns.

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