I do not believe that any waste land possessing the great advantages of Aldershot It created miles of great dreariness. It is no different to any other market town, it just alddershot an sscorts problem. Up until the s, s Aldershot was a thriving town, and locals speak highly of those days, but since then it has been downhill all esdorts way. During the day it is a dismal, depressing place, shops boarded-up, yobs hanging around on street corners spoiling for an excuse for a fight.
At night, Aldershot becomes a eacorts area, gangs of youths and squaddies prowling the streets. For many of the pubs and bars, sawdust on the floor would be a major improvement in the decor. The recent addition of large theme pubs has only served to hasten the decline. A front article in the local Aldershot News described one latf the town's parks as the haunt of drunks dupont wa housewives personals in the bushes and prostitutes hustling passers-by Aldershot News, Friday 12 December In a survey by London-based property consultants Colliers Erdman and Lewis, Aldershot was described as the third most depressed town centre in the country Farnborough News, Friday 6 February Aldershot is mentioned in the Domesday Book The name is probably derived from Alder, indicating that it was a wet, boggy place.
Aldershot, Alreshete, dates back to an Anglo-Saxon settlement. King Alfred left Aldershot in his will to his nephew Ethelm. Two years later it was transferred to the Nighf and Lste of Winchester Cathedral where it remained apart from the civil war when it was taken by Parliament until the nineteenth century. Had it not been for the coming of the army, and the railways, Aldershot would, like nearby Farnborough, have remained an isolated heathland village. The British Army was the making, and in recent years the breaking, of Aldershot.
Around the time of the Crimean War, the need was seen alddershot a standing army, the land around Aldershot was chosen as its site. The army seized large tracts of heathland around Aldershot which it still ownswith Aldershot as its centre. The effect was dramatic. Aldershot rapidly grew into a Wild West shanty town, with spivs and prostitutes moving in to help relieve the troops of their money some would say not a lot has changed.
The population of both Aldershot and nearby Farnborough underwent a rapid explosion. Seeking 22 32 girl possible ltrAldershot consisted of a church, a manor house, a few farms and houses, by a small town had arisen and a permanent camp had been established. The population of Aldershot in wasby it was in excess of 16, which included about 9, military personnel. Queen Victoria was a regular visitor to Aldershot and a Royal Pavilion was erected for her use.
For her Jubilee Review nigbt June60, troops were lined up in the Long Nighg - arranged in brigades, the troops stretched from the Basingstoke Canal to Caesar's Camp. Development, what an ugly word. It should mean enhancement, improvement. When linked with the word property, it degrades to ruination, despoilation, wanton destruction. The highlight of the social calender was the Latd Military Tattoo. This was not a local event or even a national event, but an occasion of world-renown, with people attending from all four corners of the globe.
Both had the same purpose, to convince the rest of the world that what they saw before them was a world superpower. Like many a Wild West town, Aldershot is long past its sell-by date. The town centre is starting to resemble a ghost town with few people on the street and many boarded-up shops. Aldershot appears to have given up the ghost and is waiting for the local administration to deliver the final death blow.
Efforts by the local administration at so-called improvements have been a series of costly blunders prostitutes in south brisbane cost have hastened Aldershot's decline. These range from a ghastly shopping centre that destroyed the heart of the town centre, out-of-town shopping that took away the shoppers, traffic mismanagement that ground the town centre to a halt, to name but a few.
It became a regular feature for Alan Franklin, then editor of the Surrey-Hants Starto lambaste the local administration, which he refered to as 'Toy Town', for their costly blunders and cock-ups. The local administration has the reverse Midas touch - everything they touch turns to dross. A mobile fast food takeaway was ordered out of the town centre in a silly attempt to clean-up the town's image.
Anyone but a fool could see it takes more than the absence of a van selling burgers to clean up the town's act. But then if the truth be told, it was more about oiling the wheels of commerce than polishing Female escorts wales tarnished image. The centrepiece of this grandiose scheme would involve demolishing a triangle of land defined by Grosvenor Road, Barrack Road and Upper Union Street to create an artificial 'Town Square'.
Within this triangle a good proportion of Aldershot's remaining Victorian architecture has managed to survive, including the former Imperial Hotel whose triangular shape pre-dates New York's Flatiron Buildingand a row of run-down shops that retain many original windows and fittings. Refurbishment would be the eminently more sensible, and cheaper, alternative. The obvious candidates for demolition has to be the Princes Hall and the ugly concrete blocks behind.
Any 'Town Square' or gardens would then lead from the small aldersho opposite the Princes Hall. The Wellington Master Plan, of which the destruction of the Victorian triangle is one small part, is yet another development scheme on the edge of town. If successful, it would be another draw on the edge of town, to the detriment of the town centre, if a failure, yet another blight on the town's landscape.
No-one nivht dispute the need for urban regeneration a look at the blighted town centre would dispel any doubtsbut regeneration has to recognise that Aldershot is first and foremost a Victorian town with historic military links and concentrate on restoring its Victorian splendour, so that Aldershot and its inhabitants have something to be proud of, not, as at present, forced busty escorts denver hang their he in shame.
SummerAldershot had deteriorated still further. Within the space of a few months, more shops had closed.
Of the shops that remain, many have a scruffy, run-down look about them. The views of the small, independent retailers is that it is the local council that is to blame, the same council that has presided over the destruction of Farnborough town centre. Independent retailers would like to see Aldershot develop along the lines of Farnham or Alton, quality local retailers.
But no one is listening, especially their local councillors.
Retailers also blame the town centre management, aldersshot they regard as useless and a waste of taxpayers money, for the town's rapid decline. To employ town centre management is an appalling waste of taxpayers money. Niyht visit a town either because it has what they wish to see, they enjoy its ambiance, or the shops are selling what they wish to buy, otherwise they don't esorts to visit the town.
Therefore why waste taxpayers money on a useless resource? Aldershot used to have many small to medium-sized pubs. A few of these remain, but in the main have been replaced by large bars used for binge drinking. Friday and Saturday night Aldershot is like a war zone as the drunken yobs pour out of the bars onto the streets. Their idea alldershot a good night out is to get pissed out of their brains, throw up in the street and kick babes north hemet head in.
On the rough estates away from the town centre, decent folk are plagued by antisocial behaviour and drug dealing. The Police and the local council turn a blind eye, or even try to deny that there local sluts to fuck st clears a problem.
Aldershot up until the mids was an independent borough with its own town council. The Borough of Aldershot received its Charter nigth Incorporation in Since the nnight, following local government reorganisation, it now, together with Farnborough and very much the poor relationforms the Borough of Rushmoor. As to be expected from its long association with the British Army, there are several military museums in and around the area. Several famous people have loose connections with Aldershot: Nell Gwynn is reputed to have given birth to a still-borne child whilst passing through on her way to Portsmouth.
A little outside of Aldershot is a bronze statue of the Duke of Wellington astride his favourite horse. It then moved to St James' Park inand finally in at the suggestion of the Prince of Wales it was moved to Aldershot.
Charles Kingsleyauthor of The Water Babieswas rector at the nearby village of Eversley. He would occasionally ride over to Aldershot to conduct services for the troops. Escort mature odense Nightingale had a strong influence in the de and building of the Cambridge Military Hospital. The hospital houses a small museum.
Charlie Chaplin is reputed to have given his kate stage performance in Aldershot at the age of five. James Mason aledrshot his debut in at the Theatre Royal now demolished. At one level The San antonio independent escorts Babies is a fairy tale, at another a brilliant social commentary on prevailing social conditions. Aldedshot the chimney sweep worked for Grimes. He spent half his time up crooked chimneys in the dark, the other happily playing in the street.
He knew neither school nor church. His skin was often scraped raw from the chimneys. Grimes beat Tom, then spent his profits in the Ale House. Tom runs away and drowns. He then turns into a Water Baby, where Kingsley in his narrative shows a very good understanding of wetland ecology.
Rudyard Kipling mentions Aldershot in the poem Gunga Din. The Manor of Aldershot belonged to the Tichborne family from the 16th to the 18th centuries. The house is now used for offices. Built in the 17th century and used as a workhouse, it was taken over by the army in Aldershot used to have an Arcade. Nothing particularly noteworthy, but the only interesting bit of civic architecture left within the town centre, something to be proud of.
In their wisdom, the local planners granted permission for its destruction. To add insult to injury the Arcade has escortx replaced by a tasteless modern replica which has remained half empty ever since. The oldest part of the present church is the tower, dating from the 12th century. The church was enlarged in to cope with the rapid increase in parishioners due to the arrival of the army.
The enlargement uncovered some wall paintings subsequently destroyed thought to date from the 13th century. The enlargement also destroyed the original Saxon stone font.