Bangor

I’ve always thought Bangor a rather unsatisfactory city.   It’s got a fine university, which has traditionally dominated the city with the Edwardian gothic university buildings by H.T. Hare up on the hill and now with a new arts centre designed by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw PPRA and currently under construction (hence the crane in the photograph):

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It’s got a decent cathedral, St. Deiniol, of very early (sixth century) foundation and containing the Mostyn Cross, a rare piece of late medieval wood carving:

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But Bangor long ago allowed its town centre to be hollowed out with a high street of cheap shops and discount stores.   No sense of civic presence, only a long line of discount warehouses out west beyond the railway station.

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One thought on “Bangor

  1. A reader says:

    There are so many towns lacking said civic presence. This summer I did notice this in parts of the Nievre in France… a phenomenon, a virus, which, ebola-like, is killing the soul of too many urban places regardless of their size. One wonders at the laissez-faire attitude of city councilors and voters alike; at their lack of imagination, gullibility. Where does this passivity come from?

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