The Downfall Of Parliament

Demolition of Parliament Street, Halifax

Today’s dip into my photographic archive reveals an event of almost historical significance – the downfall of Parliament. To be strictly accurate, and a little less dramatic, it is the demolition of Parliament Street in Halifax, which must have taken place in the late 1960s or early 1970s. The modern digital economy, however, is driven by click-statistics, and there is nothing guaranteed to get those computers clicking like a dramatic headline. It’s just a pity that the image content didn’t quite allow “Look what’s she’s doing while Parliament falls“, but you can’t have everything.

Parliament Street was located between Pellon Lane and Gibbet Street (I’ve marked it in yellow on the map), but not a trace of it survives. Now it’s all warehouses and steel fences – there are no memorials to the spot where Parliament once stood.

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