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[42] Life, the Universe and Everything

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[42] Life, the Universe and Everything – A Pictorial Blog about Buildings

It was hard dividing ‘Buildings’ into two separate areas for blogs. I have done one about Old Buildings. This one will cover the rest of my pictures of buildings – some more modern ones but also some small, curious or unusual buildings.

I start with three very new buildings. The shopping development at the Brewery Quarter in Cheltenham has only just been completed; the brand new Cotswold stone house is somewhere in the Cotswolds and the other new houses are beside Pittville Park.

Next are Waitrose and a nearby office block, both at Cheltenham and the Roses Theatre and Library at Tewkesbury.

Two school buildings and what used to be the headquarters for Gloucestershire Police. (Now it’s a ‘Development Opportunity.’)

A nice house seen on one of my walks.

A few recognisable Cheltenham buildings next. The old fire station and three from Pittville Park – Café, Scout Hut and Public Conveniences.

The Art Gallery in Montpellier Gardens and the nearby bandstand.

Three slightly unusual Cheltenham buildings. First, an electricity sub-station at the strangely named Westal Green – It hasn’t been a green for at least fifty years, it’s a petrol station in an odd-shaped roundabout. Then a bridge linking Cavendish House to the Regent Arcade – and an unassuming building, next to the old Fire Station, that claims to be the oldest purpose built primary school in the country.

Away from Cheltenham here are a large orangery belonging to a country estate; a racecourse; a small Post Office shop and a collection of miscellaneous buildings, some of which are somewhat dilapidated.

I have saved a few. Here is a little lighthouse at RSPB Newport, followed by a collection of boathouse pictures.

Some houses by the sea and a steelworks.

A house at Newnham-on-Severn backing on to the river Severn. It’s been unoccupied for about seventy years but the owners don’t want to sell it.

Finally two pairs of houses at Taylor’s Yard in Cheltenham. When I started this blog this area was a large wholesale and retail building supplies shop. The old buildings have gone, the land has been flattened and about a hundred new houses are being built. The first ones completed are the show homes. The rest may take another two years to complete.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was a radio series that became a five-volume series of books by Douglas Adams
In the radio series and the first novel, a group of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings demand to learn the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything from the supercomputer Deep Thought, specially built for this purpose. It takes Deep Thought 7½ million years to compute and check the answer, which turns out to be … … 42. Deep Thought points out that the answer seems meaningless because the beings who instructed it never actually knew what the Question was.




Author: Alan

Retired, currently living in Cheltenham.

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