THIS week, I am continuing with my collection of archive photos from Basingstoke Memories - People And Places on Facebook.

A lot of old buildings have disappeared from the Basingstoke landscape in the last two decades.

Once they are torn down and replaced, they are quickly forgotten.

Basingstoke Fire Station in West Ham was built in 1967.

As technology advanced, the old building soon become dated, so in 2015 it was pulled down to make way for a modern black fronted station.

The original Oakridge estate was built in the late sixties to cope with the London overspill.

By the late nineties the flats and houses were falling apart. HTA Architects were appointed to redevelop and planning permission was granted in 2000.

Demolition of the old dilapidated area followed shortly after.

Lansing Bagnall was a British forklift truck manufacturing company based in Kingsclere Road.

The land boasted it’s own football pitch and fire station. In 1989 the company was sold to German based Linde AG and they soon began knocking down and redeveloping the old site.

The Basing View regeneration has been going on for many years. Earlier this year Basing View Shopping Parade was finally demolished.

The shopping parade was home to a sandwich shop, newsagents, Chinese restaurant and most notably Magnums wine Bar which became Bang Bar and The Mousetrap.

When our much loved Woolworth’s closed in 2008 after 38 years, the lower shopping level was converted and became various short term shops.

The first floor shopping area remained empty for many years.

When Metro Bank moved into the unit around 2016, they gutted the top floor to make way for a higher ceiling and glass frontage.

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