Photos of the Centre
of Wolverhampton in Recent Times

by Bev Parker

Many changes have taken place since the start of the century that have completely altered the look of the City centre. Old landmarks have gone forever and have been replaced, some shops have changed hands and the old bus station has been updated and greatly improved.

What follows is a number of photographs that I took in the first decade of the century, recording some of the old street scenes before they disappeared forever.

Wolverhampton bus station in 2001. It was built in 1986 to replace an earlier one on the same site, built in 1980.  It closed on the 3rd April 2010 in readiness for the building of the present bus station, which opened on Sunday 24th July 2011 and was built at a cost of £22.5 million.

Another view of the old bus station.

The enquiries building in the old bus station.

The overhead canopy alongside Railway Drive.

Looking into the old bus station from Railway Drive.

Another view from Railway Drive.

Building work on the present bus station in September 2010.

Another view from September 2010.

The wonderful T J Hughes shop in the Mander Centre in July 2011 just before final closure.

Inside T J Hughes.

The top entrance by the car park.

Another sad loss was the closure of Thorntons shop in Dudley Street.

Snow Hill in March 2009.

Another view of Snow Hill in March 2009.

Blakemore's Cash and Carry off Raglan Street in May 2001.

Raglan House in May 2001.

The old shops in School Street.

The bottom of Temple Street in March 2009.

Victoria Street and The Litten Tree, now The George Wallis.

The old corn mill on Corn Hill in September 2010.

The YMCA residents centre at The Lindens in Penn Road, in June 2001.

The Fox Hotel on the corner of the ring road and School Street.

The long-gone shops in Bell Street, seen in March 2009.

The Crown in Cartwright Street in 2001.

The old Low Level Station showing the building of Broad Gauge Apartments and Grand Station Suite.

Barclays Bank in Lichfield Street in March 2009.

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