I had a trip down memory lane yesterday. Apart from three years of living in Blackpool, and two in Birmingham, and an attempt to live in Majorca which lasted two months, I spent the first 46 years of my life in Burton upon Trent. I moved up north because I had a job in North Lincolnshire.
It's interesting to go back to your roots now and again, usually when I visit Burton it's just to see family, I don't bother to have a look round. Driving through it I have noticed a lot of changes, most of them are not particularly pleasing to the eye. Maybe I think that way because my mature years tell me anything that alters the history and architecture of the place is tacky and a carbuncle on the landscape. If I was looking at it through teenage eyes, I would probably think it is pretty darn cool. Age changes how you look at things.
Funnily enough, it is not these massive brewery tanks that make me cringe, I think they are quite handsome, stacked in neat rows with their stainless steel overcoats glistening in the sun. They have a sense of orderliness about them, they have been placed with great precision.
I see that the old grain warehouse at the corner of Derby Street and the station Bridge has been turned into a Travelodge. I like the way they have kept the old features.
Just along from it, further down Station Street is this building. It looks well maintained and smart with fairly fresh paintwork. Nice to see it looking clean and in use.
This is St Modwen's Church, overlooking the market place.
This is a pub I frequented, it's opposite the market place near the Technical College. I see it's 'to let' now.
I've been trying to think of the name of this pub, not sure if it is a pub any more. It's in High Street.
Here is a piece of modern art, I'm not sure I like it. It stands on the corner of New Street and High Street. You can walk through the bottle shaped arch at the bottom.
Here is a good site to look at if you want to find out more.
There has been a lot of new build apartment blocks in the town, it seems a bit strange to see brand new buildings where the brewery and car parks used to be. A lot of the terraced houses have also been knocked down to make way for new modern terraces. It all looks a bit of a mixed bag, with no thought as to what would look best where. They find a space and stick anything in it these days. I suppose it's the same all over though, that's progress. I do wish they would design the new buildings with the same grandness and class of the old ones. Modern architecture seems so cheap and tacky to me. Or maybe I'm just not keeping up with the times.