Old Photographs & Drawings of Chester
Mercia Square, Frodsham Street
The site of the future Mercia Square in 1871
The Mercia Square shopping development was built in 1970 and demolished a mere twenty years later, in 1990. The businesses based there included Simon Boyd curtains / furnishings, the popular Duke’s and Pierre Griffe’s wine bars, Duttons Undertakers, Consumer Advice Centre, Zig Zag, Cameo, Francois Phillippe and Raymond Jason hairdressers, LG Travel, Scottish Woollen Mill, Video Vault, Army & Navy Stores, Whispers / Deja Vu, Chester Sound Studios Hi-fi Shop, Hodgson Impey, Tartan Shop, Granada TV rentals, Sayers, Pumphouse, and the AA and MD Travel glass hexagons.
Reader Andy Wressel wrote
to tell us about his memories of the place as it used to be:
This entire area, hard by the Cathedral and Eastgate Clock, and thus frequented by more visitors than probably any other part of the walls, was shamefully allowed to remain derelict for a remarkable number of years after the precinct was demolished, the land changing hands a number of times as the speculator's game ran its course. In time, various development proposals came to light, whose merits- or otherwise- were debated in the local press. Here was a golden opportunity, people said, to produce something worthy of the site's prominent position in a historic city centre. But it wasnot to be: the third-rate prevailed yet again and the result lies before us now, a collection of exceedingly mundane structures with their backs turned to the walls, exhibiting a variety of refuse bins, discarded packaging and shabby advertising banners.
Demolition of Mercia Square: February 1990
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