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 Post subject: alexandra hotel
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:27 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:49 pm 
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That`s a lovely picture, that is exactly as I remember it


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:16 pm 
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What a photo it looked better then as it is now they lost the charactor of the whole building


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:45 am 
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Your right Art,as they do with everything in te Point.Class picture. :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 1:06 pm 
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ah know you now katiedee,welcome ,agree another wonderful photo. I recall the Gap and myself meeting girls at this spot a few times and then off to the Gaa hall we would go.


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Wonderful picture.

It is such a pity that in modern times that plastic / gawdy signs are all the rage and take away from the overall appeal of a street or town.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 3:32 pm 
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Too true - you only have to drive through some of the Cotswold towns , and similar , to realise that it IS possible to retain the character of a place , even today !


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:10 pm 
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I cant make out the full wording on the sign. Tearooms - & on the right side???


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nice one b. :-):-)


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:54 pm 
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Eugene wrote:
I cant make out the full wording on the sign. Tearooms - & on the right side???



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Still struggling with that ....been trying everything to get a clearer view. ^-)

Could it be:

Refreshments

Confectionary / Confectioners

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:52 pm 
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I'll go with Confectioners, the angle makes it almost impossible to read close up but squint from distance and it seems to fit. b-)

these adverts are posted on site elsewhere but I will repost them here:

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and i have enlarged the small picture from the first ad, its very grainy but gives a slightly better view of the Annexe

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Brian wrote:
I'll go with Confectioners, the angle makes it almost impossible to read close up but squint from distance and it seems to fit. b-)


I've seen people squinting at me from a distance a few times....they must just be trying to fiqure me out ! :-P

I'm not so sure about the confectioners..........no mention of it in any of the adverts.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:20 am 
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Think it might be Delicacies !?


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:43 am 
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I remember hearing years ago that `Lexi (Alexandra) Donnan`s father built and owned The Alexandra , also that Bobby Stanley`s father built the GNR hotel (St.Josephs), can anyone throw any light on these stories.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:33 am 
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Think it might be Delicacies !?


That would make a lot of sense !


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 Post subject: Re: alexandra hotel
PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 2:42 pm 
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[quote="northbrook"]That`s a lovely picture, that is exactly as I remember it[/quote]

This is the first photo of the Alexandra. Northbrook clearly remembers it from his childhood.
It differs from the second photo (in the ads) which shows the Alexandra that I remember.
There have been extensions to it, both at the front and back, as can be seen by comparing
the two photographs now together. There is obviously some period of time between the
taking of both. I would guess that the additions were added in the forties.

The question of delicicies can be explained by the fact that they had a busy bakery shop as
well as tea rooms.


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Now you are making me feel hungry ! :[


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 3:15 am 
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The Alexandra was a hive of activity in the late 30's/ early 40's, with the influx of holidaymakers and the US Army billetted in the Foresters Hall. My aunt was book-keeper in the Alexandra at the time and "sold the tickets" at the door at the dances. `She spoke very fondly of her time there. Incidentally, our family lived in 11 Havelock Place then. When the army decamped my father collected some of the beds and used the metal to replace the railings which had been taken for the war effort. He must have made a reasonable job of it as last time I was home they were still there apart from the gate, which has been replaced with a wooden one.
Our family left for Scotland in the mid 50's, so I don't suppose many would remember us, although we still think of The Point as home, even though the younger generation consider us "blow-ins" when we visit! Now we know how our parents' generation felt when on their return on holiday we called them the "English" visitors!! Won't stop us coming back though to our beautiful heritage. Keep up the good work on this marvellous site. Its great to be reminded of faces and places long forgotten. :-):-)


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I remember attending the school Coronation tea party in the Alexandra and I still have the book and mug given to us all. Does anyone have a photograph of this party? Stanley


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 11:13 pm 
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Hadn't seen this post before, see it began back in April which was before I joined the forum, tho' I thought I had worked my way through most of the topics! Great to see pictures of The Alexandra. I remember being at a party there as a child (in the fifties!) but can't remember the occasion. I don't think it was a birthday party, I seem to remember bringing a little box with money in it, pennies etc., something in my head about Dr. Barnardo's but I'm not sure. Maybe some of the other members might recall being there. I know I've said it before but it's amazing the memories this site triggers. I think it was my first time ever being in a hotel and I was very impressed!


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I am just seeing these posts for the first time too.
The Alexandra was a beautiful hotel.
I can remember the beautiful wedding cakes they made.
O'Hare (sorry can't think of his first name) the bakery
shop, his father was a baker there.
The dancing was another beautiful thing to watch
because they would dance out from the ballroom
onto an enclosed "Veranda" and back into the ballroom.
I can remember standing at the bottom of Gt.George's
St. and waving to Kathleen and Bobby as they went in
and out of the Ballroom.
I think the dances may have been formal wear, seems
to me I remember her in fancy dresses.


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Would it be Tea Rooms...ALEXANDRA....Luncheons ;--)

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:17 pm 
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Looking closer at the signing above the door,I retract from what I thought it read...I'm sure point lass nailed it with...delicacies :thumbs:

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