Good times return to Market Street

Then and now: Celebrating anew lease of life for Appledore street with a new ‘old’ photograph.

A CENTURY old photograph has been recreated by traders and residents of the historic Market Street in Appledore to celebrate its revival.

With several new businesses in the street, traders say with support from the community it is bucking the trend, despite the economic climate.

It might have moved away from the traditional businesses such as butchers, bakers and greengrocers, but Market Street is enjoying a renaissance with stores selling arts and crafts, books and gifts from local makers, plus a revamped tea room and tea garden.

With two more new businesses apparently in the pipeline, the traders are hoping the once-neglected Market Street could help Appledore become an alternative Christmas shopping destination.

It has even been compared to Brighton’s well known boutique shopping area The Lanes, traders have reported.

So to mark this reawakening, it was decided to recreate of a hundred year old photograph, with local photographer Simon Pope behind the lens this time.

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The faces have changed, but it seems the architecture and strong sense of community is unchanged.

* What are you doing to make your street buzz? Could you ‘re-take’ a widely recognised historic photograph of a well known street or community scene in your town or village? We’d like to hear from you at

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