|Incidental Pictures of Romiley, (Part 9)|
A journey through time and space with a Canon digital camera
57: Bank Holiday Mondaybut should it be if there are no banks?
Romiley officially became bankless in March 2019 when the Royal Bank of Scotland gave up the ghost. In the good old days, the village could boast branches of four major banks, and in the 1980s, when building societies were fashionable (a role now taken by take-out eateries), just about every major building society also had a presence.
The former TSB branch in Romiley
The former Barclays branch in Romiley
The former NatWest branch in Romiley
When the NatWest went, reducing the ATM population to the one at the Royal Bank of Scotland and the ones at Sainsbury's and the Post Office, there were hopes that this was the end of the carnage, given that NatWest and the RBS are parts of the same organization and it could maintain a foothold in Romiley in the smaller RBS building. But this branch, too, was doomed by the bean-counters.
The former RBS branch in Romiley
58: A minor mystery cleared up
What are that pillar box and the anti-ram-raider bollards doing in the shopfront of a Beauty Studio? That's where the Post Office used to be before it was moved into the newsagent's operated by the Patel family in the Precinct.
The former site of the Post Office in Romiley
The current site of the Post Office in Romileyclosed on Easter Monday
59: “Shutters down for Chinese corona”
Welcome to the ghost town! The block to the west of the Stock Dove pub [top picture] was once a thriving community of small businesses with a corner shop, a newsagent, a hairdresser and a butcher. Now, it's just the horizontal skyscraper of the insurance company with an embedded Chinese takeaway; both closed.
Three months on, the ghost town is somewhat less ghostly with shops open again and café at No. 29 serving customers out in the street. But C&C [see Section 59] still has its shutters firmly down.
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