St Ebbes reminiscence project
commissioned for the Westgate Oxford Public Art Programme
Friday, 9 September 2016
1960's St Ebbe's in colour
Tom Hassall, the archaeologist who ran excavations in St Ebbe's before the first Westgate Centre was built, has shared his extensive collection of slides taken in the area when he began work in 1967. Although St Ebbe's was regarded as a slum and planners did not think it should be preserved, Tom sensed that something was going that should be captured. He took many photographs for his personal archive, recording details of remaining houses, the demolition process and aspects of the construction of the Westgate Centre.
After so many black and white images of St Ebbe's it is a revelation to see the area in colour.
All photographs are used with the permission of Tom Hassall.