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Great photograph; views.

PAUL Henrick's pictorial view of New Street Station, circa 1926, (Mail, March 31), rates amongst the best photographs of a city view of that era I have seen. Pictured also is a super view down the long gone, but not forgotten, Queen's Drive which separated the two halves of the station.

This was a much used general thoroughfare which was actually owned by the London Midland Scottish Railway and later British Rail.

Paul speculates as to where the photograph was taken from. I can definitely say that it was from the upper floors of the old Matthew Boulton Technical College in Suffolk Street, on the corner of Navigation Street. This was a wonderfully iconic building where I was a student in the years prior to its untimely demolition.

The view from the rear elevation was that depicted in the photograph and, even 30 years on from when I studied there, the only changes I can see are in the various modes of transport.

Being a railway buff at the time I did have a job in concentrating on lessons!

Robert Betteridge, Kings Heath
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Date:Apr 4, 2012
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