The Cleveland Road Bus Depot. It was built for the Corporation Tramways Department in 1901, in readiness for the electric trams which were in operation the following year. The two Guy 'Arab' buses parked in front are finished in the later green and yellow livery.

On the right is the Newmarket Public House which was built around 1850. It is now derelict, after being empty for several years. 

The old Walsall Street School, which was demolished in the late 1970s to make way for the ring road. It stood on the site of the current Bilston Street, ring road island and Middle Cross Street. 
The Queen's building and railway offices once formed one side of Victoria Square. The Queen's building was built by the Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway Company in 1849 by Edward Banks and was listed in 1977 after being derelict for several years. It was purchased by the Town Council in 1986 and work began on its restoration in 1988 for its present use as the bus station entrance building.
An old shop and the Synagogue in Fryer Street. The shop was occupied by Jeff Ling and called Ling's Radio. He sold electronic components and moved from this shop to another on Snow Hill in the mid 1960s. The shop remained empty until its demolition in the late 1970s. Jeff was well-known amongst electronics enthusiasts in the town and was a keen fisherman. His Snow Hill shop closed in the late 1980s.  
The Pickfords building at the bottom of Fryer Street. This became the factory and showroom for the H.R.D. motorcycle company in 1925. The company was founded by Howard Davies who was a successful competitor in motorcycle racing events.

He rode for Sunbeam and A.J.S. in the Isle of Man T.T. and won the Senior in 1925 on an H.R.D. machine. The machines were amongst the best in the country and gained an excellent reputation for high performance and quality.

Unfortunately Howard was not a good businessman and the company was never profitable. There were always delays in delivering new machines because of unreliable component suppliers. The company went into liquidation in 1928, but this was not the end for H.R.D. machines. Philip C. Vincent who wanted to start manufacturing motorcycles purchased H.R.D. and moved production to Stevenage where the new machines were called Vincent H.R.D. The Fryer Street factory was demolished in the mid 1970s and the site is now occupied by the Lighthouse cinema.

The Molineux Hotel, Molineux football ground and North Street from the top of St. Peter's Church tower. In the foreground is the old wholesale market with St. Peter's Church Hall in the bottom right-hand corner. Most of these buildings have now gone, all that remains is the Molineux Hotel, which is in very poor condition and has an uncertain future. The football ground has been completely rebuilt and the other buildings were demolished in the mid 1970s.
St. Peter's House in Exchange Street during renovation in the early 1970s.
The Central Arcade was an important feature in Dudley Street, connecting it to the bottom of St. John's Street.

It was an important route between two of the town's major shopping areas, Victoria Street and Dudley Street.

The arcade was built in 1902 and was very popular with local people. Sadly it was demolished after a large fire in May 1974.

The bottom of Darlington Street with the Methodist Church in the background. The church is all that remains today, the shops are on the site of the modern car park.
The old swimming baths in Bath Avenue.

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