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Crescent and Falcon in the 1870’s
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This is an 1870’s view, taken from next to Bencoolen House (now Inn), showing an unextended Falcon Hotel, the last but one Falcon bridge and the lifeboat house. The stable block still stands in the corner of what is now the Crescent car park but was then a meadow. The proliferation of masts shows that the canal was a busy place but not all...

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Falcon Hotel 1912
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Not a fire or the aftermath of an earthquake – in 1912 the Falcon Hotel was extensively rebuilt, with a number of the old cottages demolished to extend the hotel buildings and the tower added to the centre of the...

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Falcon and Swing Bridge 1906
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From 1906, this shows the opening of the new swing bridge over the canal, with the Falcon Hotel, still without its tower, in the background. This bridge was opened to permit ships to discharge at the warehouses of the upper basin and was itself replaced in 1962 by the present – fixed –...

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Falcon & bridge1898
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A view of the old bridge over the canal, which was replaced in 1906; the presence of railway sleepers at the bottom of the picture indicates that it was probably taken in 1898, when the railway spur to the wharf was built. In the background are the castle and the masts of several ships in the lower...

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Falcon Hotel 1890
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A line of coaches, with top-hatted drivers, outside the Falcon in about 1890; Mr Brendon, the owner, stands in the front. This photo was used for its centenary and is not long after the first...

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Falcon Hotel 1880’s
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The Falcon Hotel, in the 1880’s, is shown here before its first expansion; along the west side are only 3 windows, this was later to be increased, due to building rearwards, to 5 windows, with a proliferation of new chimney...

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Falcon Hotel 1870’s
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Looking across to the Falcon from near the present Bencoolen Inn in the 1870’s. The Crescent car park is still a water meadow, with the stable block for the Falcon still in its corner. The masts of several ships can be seen in the lower...

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