Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Where's That Then? No 15

I used to visit this town often, but can't honestly remember this market place. I know there's a propensity to radically alter town centres, but it would have been a bit much to pull down this fifteenth century half-timbered building. Need a clue? The town hosts a department store whose van livery adorns one of the most expensive pre-war Dinky Toys ever sold at auction. One thing's certain, you wouldn't wander about here now with your shopping basket, in and out of the traffic. Of course someone will now tell me it's a traffic-free zone.

13 comments:

Philip Wilkinson said...

Fifteenth century, eh? I thought this was one of the Boots stores from c 1905, done in a deliberately retro 'black and white' style.

Jon Dudley said...

£20,000 for a Dinky Toy! Not in great nick either. The temptation to Google the van was too much so I therefore withdraw from the fun.

DC said...

Looks like Kingston-upon-Thames?

Peter Ashley said...

Phil: Mmm. I wondered about that "fifteenth century".

Jon Dudley, Man of Honour.

Peter Ashley said...

DC: You're this morning's winner!

DC said...

Woo-hoo! Mind you, I do live in Twickenham...

I assume the van must bear Bentalls livery?

DC said...

Jon Dudley: you may have ruled yourself out un-necesarily, as the Dinky that went for £20,000 (I now learn) was Boyce of Highgate. The Bentalls (as I thought), Kingston Dinky fetched 'only' £12,000.

Jon Dudley said...

DC - True, the most expensive Dinky Toy sported Boyce of Highgate Kendal's livery...at which point I lashed myself (metaphorically) thinking I'd stumbled across the location.

Martin H. said...

Not a plastic carrier bag in sight!

Oh, and by the way, it's now a traffic free zone.

Wartime Housewife said...

My mother could well have been one of those ladies in the crowd.

Diplomate said...

Peter - I do tend to leave the house at around 04.45 hrs so I would appreciate it if you could get these Tuesday quizes up a bit earlier. As it happens I hadn't got a clue where it was.

Peter Ashley said...

Blimey, I go to that Lunnun for the day and come back to find all this. Went past Kingston too, on the way to Wimbledon. (Cue Mike Batt.)

angel of said...

...a psychogeography fly through this photograph reveals Kingston through the tilt of the market and the Thames's remoteness...