Memory Lane: Ivy survives march of time

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LOOK how much a street has changed in just under 100 years – although some parts remain.

Today, preservation orders would no doubt be sought to protect such a street view as this one from 1920s Poulton.

We are on Tithebarn Street, looking up towards Ball Street and Church Street.

All of the buildings on the right have been demolished to make way for modern development, including shops, restaurants and the entrance to the sprawling pay and display car park that serves the Teanlowe Centre.

Through the centuries, St Chad’s church, seen in the distance, collected payments, called tithes, and used some of their value to help the sick and needy.

Tithe goods, like corn, were stored in tithebarns, such as the one on the right of the earlier picture, from which the street takes its name.

The houses with the iron railing surrounds have been flattened in favour of a recently-vacated property, for which there is now a licensing application to turn it into a restaurant.

And the building beyond, home to the long-established Fieldings jewellers, has survived the bulldozing of neighbouring properties to show a fine spread of ivy.