Market Street, Wolverhampton June 1981.

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West Midlands PTE, Bristol VRT/MCW 4346 joins a queue of traffic in Market Street, Wolverhampton at its junction with Bilston Street on 26th June 1981. The waste ground to the right hand side of the picture is now the site of Bilston Street Police Station. Behind is the Wheatsheaf public house; and at the time this picture was taken, Marks and Spencer (to the left, just off picture) was being rebuilt.

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  1. Nij48 80 months ago | reply

    In a time when BL cars were the most common on UK roads

    Nice picture

  2. granttt73 77 months ago | reply

    Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Martin van Duijn 77 months ago | reply

    Was that Opel Kadett one of the last Opels to be sold in Britain?

  4. reallyloud 77 months ago | reply

    Mazdamiata, we got the FWD version for a couple years until GM decided that it was all nonsense and decided brits deserved Vauxhalls only.

  5. Jibijib 75 months ago | reply

    Kadett was identical Chevette with a shark nose (Chevette's was called a 'droop snoot'). Last one sold over here was the Opel Manta (which again was a Cavalier mk1 with different badges), til about 1987 I think.

  6. Kawaii-chan^___^ [deleted] 73 months ago | reply

    Ooooooh, i REALLY prefer those cars to current, thx for sharing that with us^^.

  7. JOV 699 P 72 months ago | reply

    Nice to see that the Wheatsheaf survives today as a proper pub, having not been turned into one of those ghastly food pubs.

  8. DB TIV 52 months ago | reply

    The last Opels "officially" sold in the UK were the Monza and Manta Coupes, phased out in 1987 and 1988 respectively, conversely in Ireland GM dropped Vauxhall in favour of Opel in 1982.
    Opel and some Holden cars, even lhd ones are built in the UK at Ellesmere Port for export.

  9. pennman007 46 months ago | reply

    The open ground to the right of this picture is where the police station now is. This picture being from 1981 it must have been just after the demolition of the building that was once the Clifton cinema and before that the Star Theatre which I have family connections to.

  10. Lady Wulfrun 46 months ago | reply

    Here's a picture of the Clifton, also once known as the 'Blood tub':

  11. pennman007 45 months ago | reply

    Thanks Lady Wulfrun for sharing this picture. This is one of the best pictures I've seen of the old theatre. My great granddad used to be a manager there when it was the Star in the late 1800s so it has special family significance. Ive only ever been able to find pictures of its demolition so this is a real gem. :)

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