Man delves into history of new Mercury office

This is The West Country: Peter Slocombe outside the new Mercury offices. Peter Slocombe outside the new Mercury offices.

A BRIDGWATER man who used to live in the new Mercury offices in Angel Crescent said the area has changed significantly over the decades.

Peter Slocombe, 67, lived with his parents Ray and Molly, brother, Michael and sister Molly-Anne Symonds until he was around eight years old.

He said there used to be a candle factory and a lemonade bottling store opposite, where Angel Place shopping centre is, and Starkey Knight and Ford Brewery around 100 yards away.

Speaking in the Mercury offices, he added: “I have passed here a few times but this is the first time I have been back in for 60 years.

“I can remember when my father used to keep chickens in the house but all the houses became offices in the 1970s.”

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12:20am Thu 26 Dec 13

Blue Owl says...

I remember Angel Crescent well, when it was houses and with mr Bindings Shop @ the Northgate end.
My father owned 2 of the properties @ either ends, 6 and 26 I think, but may be corrected. It was the Borough Council then as it was that bought up by Compulsary purchase the other properties in the block, rehousing the Tenants where there were in those houses, then boarding up the houses. This lead to a deteriating of the Crescents Vista, caused damp penetration into our properties, thus causing our private Tenants mould and Damp issues.
Eventually, they were rehoused by the Council, the lady was disabled and wheelchair bound, but this seemed not to speed up their request for housing although having been on the housing list for many years previous.
So, we then were served with an Order to repair the Damp problems to the properties, ie: take up the original flagstones, and all plaster off the walls to a 4ft height. And have Damp Injection into the walls.
After running a damp membrane, and a new concrete floors on the entire ground floor.
The Council then served, Compulsary Notices on us for these 2 Properties, offering a pittance of their worth.....6k for both properties, this was jointly done with a notice in the Tuesdays Notices Column, for replacement of Sash Windows in the two properties..........
.They were still in our ownership @ that time, as my father had not agreed to them being stolen from him, this was in the early 70's, after which he later resided in Germany.
This, was to facilitate the Developement of the "Angel Cres Dev" which was the High St Frontage, The Market St Car Park, and the Dairy backing onto Northgate. And the Whole Crescent itself............
When the Plans were with drawn and resubmitted, the Actual Crescent itself was No Longer Part of the Shopping Scheme. Instead, the Cresent was outside of the Angel Place Plans now.
Subsequently, the Whole Crescent was sold to the then Borough Architect and a local building Company, for the Sum of only £50k, this was not open to Tendering, but an I house Scam, dodgy deal !!!!!!!!?
The reason given was that the Council could not afford to convert and alter these premises themselves, some one was in the Know !!!.
Why, were we not given the opportunity to redevelop this project, and pocket the Profits as they did, turning these premises into Offices, and Shops as they are today, still.
I still to this day have the Original Deeds for these premises, eventually after 3 years of fighting the Compulsary Notice Order, with Tom Kings assistance we eventually received Compound Daily Interest, backdated 3 years to the original date of the Notice being served. Still not as much as the free market value would have been, had we been allowed to renovate ourselves.
I must thank Tom King (Lord) for his intervention, as without our MP assistance, I firmly believe, we would still be fighting for a fair valuation......
I wonder how many, Bridgwater Folk, had any knowledge of this's occurring, none I bet..........I would like to know, who was on the Fiddle in the 70's in respect of this matter, within Council???????
David L Preece
On Behalf of my Late Father Alan G Preece Deceased.
I remember Angel Crescent well, when it was houses and with mr Bindings Shop @ the Northgate end. My father owned 2 of the properties @ either ends, 6 and 26 I think, but may be corrected. It was the Borough Council then as it was that bought up by Compulsary purchase the other properties in the block, rehousing the Tenants where there were in those houses, then boarding up the houses. This lead to a deteriating of the Crescents Vista, caused damp penetration into our properties, thus causing our private Tenants mould and Damp issues. Eventually, they were rehoused by the Council, the lady was disabled and wheelchair bound, but this seemed not to speed up their request for housing although having been on the housing list for many years previous. So, we then were served with an Order to repair the Damp problems to the properties, ie: take up the original flagstones, and all plaster off the walls to a 4ft height. And have Damp Injection into the walls. After running a damp membrane, and a new concrete floors on the entire ground floor. The Council then served, Compulsary Notices on us for these 2 Properties, offering a pittance of their worth.....6k for both properties, this was jointly done with a notice in the Tuesdays Notices Column, for replacement of Sash Windows in the two properties.......... .They were still in our ownership @ that time, as my father had not agreed to them being stolen from him, this was in the early 70's, after which he later resided in Germany. This, was to facilitate the Developement of the "Angel Cres Dev" which was the High St Frontage, The Market St Car Park, and the Dairy backing onto Northgate. And the Whole Crescent itself............ When the Plans were with drawn and resubmitted, the Actual Crescent itself was No Longer Part of the Shopping Scheme. Instead, the Cresent was outside of the Angel Place Plans now. Subsequently, the Whole Crescent was sold to the then Borough Architect and a local building Company, for the Sum of only £50k, this was not open to Tendering, but an I house Scam, dodgy deal !!!!!!!!? The reason given was that the Council could not afford to convert and alter these premises themselves, some one was in the Know !!!. Why, were we not given the opportunity to redevelop this project, and pocket the Profits as they did, turning these premises into Offices, and Shops as they are today, still. I still to this day have the Original Deeds for these premises, eventually after 3 years of fighting the Compulsary Notice Order, with Tom Kings assistance we eventually received Compound Daily Interest, backdated 3 years to the original date of the Notice being served. Still not as much as the free market value would have been, had we been allowed to renovate ourselves. I must thank Tom King (Lord) for his intervention, as without our MP assistance, I firmly believe, we would still be fighting for a fair valuation...... I wonder how many, Bridgwater Folk, had any knowledge of this's occurring, none I bet..........I would like to know, who was on the Fiddle in the 70's in respect of this matter, within Council??????? David L Preece On Behalf of my Late Father Alan G Preece Deceased. Blue Owl

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