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Monday, December 15, 2008


Lucy Corrander - The Eldridge Pope Lamp - 13th November 2008
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Hermes said...

I'd never heard of Eldridge Pope, interesting story and a striking photograph.

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Hermes

I don't drink beer but it's terrible sad seeing the old brewery demolished.

This lamp was left standing in the middle of a huge plane of nothing.


bare-faced gardener said...

When I was in Dorchester in September I didn’t go past that part.
Is the brewery shop building still there ?
When do they start the construction and why do you think they left the lamp in the middle ?

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Barefaced Gardener

I took this photo on 13th November and haven't been past since, so I can only tell you what it was like then.

The shop is closed (one has opened in Poundbury) but the building it was in was still there. So maybe it will be preserved and re-opened when everything is completed?

Not everything else was demolished (probably will be by now) but new-building was pressing ahead all the same.

To the left of the Eldridge Pope shop (facing it while standing on the main road) are new shop spaces with old and new brickwork combined and shop windows and frontages put in. (Only one was open, selling rather vague gift-like objects, couldn't quite work out what it was. The rest were still to let.)

I had thought it was going to be a bit like Brewers Quay in Weymouth (do you know that?) only with housing. But it is an enormous site . . . Next time I'm there, I'll look and see if there's a notice which says. . . .

Lots of don't knows . . . I don't know why this lamp is left standing. It may be to do with security - it is in the middle of a huge empty space (between where the brewery was and the station approach) . . . or maybe they like the lamp too and want to keep it . . . ?

Incidentally, I took the photo of the paving stone and leaves in the area outside the new shops there on the same day - and, as you will see from that, it was raining - so I'll use that as an excuse for not 'researching' properly.

(I hardly ever read the Echo either.)


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