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From: Steve <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] Bolingbroke & Wenley, Springfield RIP
Date: Sun, 04 Jun 2006 16:07:30 +0100
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Hi Colleen,

As B&Ws current premises are a) new and b)without any architectural
merit I can't shed too many tears over their closure.

And the bus station was an inefficient, ugly monstrosity when I was at
Mid Essex Tech in the early 70s and long past its sell by date then.

We still have Britvic to welcome us home as the train arrives from London.

But this is a bit OT so I had better stop now.


Colleen wrote:
> Another development feeding frenzy in Chelmsford and more heritage
> lost. B&W, one of Springfield/Chelmsford's largest and oldest
> independent retailers with a trading history stretching back 160 years
> in Springfield closed yesterday - thanks to an aggressive offer by
> property developers which means the value of the land the premises
> stands on outstrips the value of the business.
> It was still part owned and managed by the two families, Director John
> Bolingbroke and Simon Watkins, a nephew of Richard Wenley.
> This and the loss of what was left of Marconi , plus the closure of
> the Singer franchise which had had a shop in Chelmsford since 1885,
> the destruction of Duke Street & its old bus depot and the horrible
> development plans for lovely old Moulsham Street, how much of
> Chelmsford's heritage will survive the developers' and politicians
> boundless greed?
> Colleen
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