I RECENTLY found a selection of photos that were taken by myself in May 1998 of the now-demolished New Market Square.

It is now 21 years since businesses and shops in the lower part of town closed their doors forever or relocated.

The owners of the Mr Munch restaurant managed to successfully relocate to Potters Walk and continue trading to this day.

Nicolson Newsagents was in the town more than over 50 years. Despite trying to seek alternative suitable premises, none were found and the business closed on May 2, 1998. 

David Hadley owned his shop when he sold Hadley Garages.

Other Basingstoke favourites such as The Friary Fish Bar, Martines Nightclub, and Staffords are etched in the memories of long-term residents.

I am always amazed at the large reaction I receive on my Basingstoke Memories Facebook page whenever I add memories from this part of town.

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