Photography focus: Queen Street

January 14, 2013 2 Comments »

Last week yourCardiff reported that Primark was planning to restore the front of 50-54 Queen Street – currently occupied by BHS – when it relocates its city centre store to the building later this year, taking inspiration from the original 1913 frontage.

That got us thinking about what Queen Street looked like in years gone by, and we’ve dug out of these fantastic photos from our archives of Cardiff’s main shopping street…

Queen Street, 1905

Queen Street, 1905

Queen Street, 1905

Queen Street, 1905

Commuters leave Queen Street during the rush hour after delays caused by reduced train services due to a rail go-slow in May 1972.
Commuters leave Queen Street during the rush hour after delays caused by reduced train services due to a rail go-slow in May 1972.
 A Welsh supporter holds aloft a leek in triumph as he walks down Queen Street before the a football game in 1949.

A Welsh supporter holds aloft a leek in triumph as he walks down Queen Street before a football game in 1949.

Queen Street, waiting to be pedestrianised in 1970.

Queen Street, waiting to be pedestrianised in 1970.

Queen Street in 1975.

Queen Street in 1975.

Queen Street's pedestrianised shopping area in 1981.

Queen Street’s pedestrianised shopping area in 1981.

The Capitol cinema on Queen Street featured concerts by some of the greats including The Beatles, Bill Haley, Rod Stewart, Elton John and Slade during the 50s , 60s and 70s

The Capitol cinema on Queen Street featured concerts by some of the greats including The Beatles, Bill Haley, Rod Stewart, Elton John and Slade during the 50s, 60s and 70s

 British Home Stores in Queen Street in December 1981.

British Home Stores in Queen Street in December 1981.

The Alexandra Hotel, Halfords and Morris Cowan shops on Queen Street, Cardiff in November 1964.

The Alexandra Hotel, Halfords and Morris Cowan shops on Queen Street in November 1964.

Allders department store in Queen Street in 1980.

Allders department store in Queen Street in 1980.

Crowds outside the Gaumont cinem on Queen Street in 1960.

Crowds outside the Gaumont cinem on Queen Street in 1960.

The old GWR office in Queen Street, pictured in 1973 with it's famous clocktower.

The old GWR office in Queen Street, pictured in 1973 with its famous clocktower.

The Lord Mayor of Cardiff Councillor John Iorwerth Jones, helps to plant a plane tree in Queen Street to commemorate the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977.

The Lord Mayor of Cardiff Councillor John Iorwerth Jones, helps to plant a plane tree in Queen Street to commemorate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977.

The Littlewoods store on Queen Street in 1981.

The Littlewoods store on Queen Street in 1981.

The staff at the Capitol cinema in Queen Street celebrating the Silver Jubilee of Paramount Pictures in the 1930s.

The staff at the Capitol cinema in Queen Street celebrating the silver jubilee of Paramount Pictures in the 1930s.

The Olympia cinema on Queen Street, pictured in 1975.

The Olympia cinema on Queen Street, pictured in 1975.

Queen Street, pictured looking towards Cardiff Castle, in 1975, before it was pedestrianised.

Queen Street, pictured looking towards Cardiff Castle, in 1975, before it was pedestrianised.

Looking towards Queen Street from Newport Road under the railway bridge in August 1949.

Looking towards Queen Street from Newport Road under the railway bridge in August 1949.

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2 Comments

  1. Clive Templar January 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Oh I remember when Queen St had many cinemas and were always well attended

  2. Sarah Chong January 15, 2013 at 11:39 am - Reply

    These are fantastic :)

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