Looking to the past and thinking of future changes

Queens Square will be facing some big changes over the next couple of years. 
Since it was opened in 1958, our old square has survived a revamp or two and has been home to many popular features, all now long gone.

There was the mosaic – which is now housed somewhere in the depths of the town hall along with the fountain of the boy and the dolphin – and, of course, the clock on stilts.

In one of these pictures the clock reads almost 3.20pm – but that means nothing! Anyone with fond memories of the old thing will know you were better off looking at your wrist watch if you had to know the time accurately.

The bandstand has moved about a bit over the years and looks set to leave the square in favour of the Memorial Gardens.

And new towners will remember the road which ran through the square from the Broadway to Queensway – not one of the town planners’ better ideas and, by the mid-1970s, it was gone.

The rest of the photos show views around the town from the 60s and 70s.

The picture showing the view along the Broadway with the electricity shop in the foreground is interesting.

If you look at the side of the building, the bolts which used to hold the sign in place are still there.

It would be interesting to know what became of the sign itself.

From a pedestrian’s point of view, restricting traffic in the High Street was a fantastic idea – as you can see from the photos, you used to take your life in your hands crossing the road when there was two-way traffic.

Crawley town centre has certainly changed over the decades and, with multi-million pound regeneration plans in place, another new look is about to grace Queens Square.

It will be interesting to see how it turns out – and what will happen to the rest of the town centre as more development plans are submitted.