I have been asked, in 2014, what
Packhorse Road looked like before the new Tesco
opened. It turns out not to be very easy to
illustrate because it depends on what photos I took a
long time ago. Let us start with the east side where
Tesco is now.
On the left the top picture shows the
east parapet. The wall was handsome if you admire
neat brickwork but it was the view over the top into the
railway cutting with its unkempt sides teaming with
plants and unseen wildlife that was attractive - if you
were tall enough to see over the top!
On the right are three views of the
handsome parapet. At the top, a short stretch of
the wall, then details of the bricklaying and the huge
coping stone and lastly the construction detail that was
revealed when the wall was breached.
Unlike the old wall, details of which are shown
above, this new wall consists of reinforced concrete
with a brick cladding, more for appearance than
Photos © Guy Gorton