Dateline Sunday 23rd April
Potpourri Node At Ropery Road
Bravely No 1 son tried the only door, welcomingly made of varnished oak under an imposing portico. NOT!
But, once inside, things looked a little more positive.
There was a pong of potentially provided provender and a friendly welcome. A choice of four starters and four “mains” plus four puds was offered on the non-existent decal edged menu cards.
The table was soon groaning with the widest selection of veg fbb has ever been invited to chomp. And fbb was inwardly groaning as he sought to do the main course justice. It was a tough job but someone had to do it! fbb managed an apple crumble for pud as well!
‘So what?” you may ask.
Because of the one way system, the fbbs approached from the opposite end …
… and below is Ropery Road from the early 1900s before much of the aging fisherman’s housing had ben demolished.
Note the spire of the church!
… and near the present vehicular entrance was an office block plus travel shop.
With the sale of the former Southern National business to First Bus, it was not long before this block was offered for sale …
… and, as no one wanted it, it was later demolished to make extra parking space.
Likewise the depot fell into disuse …
… and was demolished for even more extra parking.
Thanks to a “couldn’t care less” attitude from First Bus, the decline continued inexorably. From a poor quality bus station …
… it became a tatty and uninviting dump.
All that remains of its depressing past is the railings that once adorned the saw-tooth bays, offering inadequate protection from vehicle misjudgement to waiting passengers. There never was any protection from the weather!
The car park is still a dump!
… where intending or potential passengers can feast their eyes and their minds on the lavish information displays.
What few buses there are today from Ropery Road now stand at St James’ Place outside the church …
… before traversing the narrow road past the long gone Ropery Road bus station.