DRIVING in and out of Brixham, you cannot help but see the empty Threshers store, awaiting demolition at Bolton Cross as part of a major road widening scheme. I wonder what lies beneath? A strange question but, in 1955 during work in the same area, an old quay wall complete with mooring rings was unearthed.
It was a reminder that for centuries, a muddy tidal creek ran up the valley to Bolton Cross and beyond, deep enough for boats to moor at high tide. The land was slowly reclaimed and the stream culverted, the area around Fore Street becoming 'fishtown' opposed to 'cowtown' around St Mary's.
Bolton Cross, named after the 17th landowner the Duke of Bolton, became the administrative heart of the town with the opening of the town hall in 1886.
Pictures today show the crossroads over the last 100 years, including a march-past by American troops taking part in a Wings for Victory parade in June, 1943.
Changing modes of transport are recorded up to 1969 with a scene from nearby New Road.
The Threshers shop is distinctive with its hexagon tower, occupying a prominent corner site. It was Norris draper and silk mercer in the early years of the 19th century, its location given then as Market Cross not Bolton Cross the name we use today.