RETRO GALLERY: 9 loved and lost Doncaster landmarks

The Palace Theatre in Silver Street.
The Palace Theatre in Silver Street.

They are buildings and places instantly recognisible to generations of Doncastrians.

From football grounds to factories and theatres to newsaper offices - scores of Doncaster landmarks have vanished over the years.

The old Evening Post works on North Bridge.

The old Evening Post works on North Bridge.

Doncaster Rovers' Belle Vue stadium is now just a memory, as are the Arndale Centre, Gaumont, Guild Hall and many more.

How many of these 9 lost landmarks would make your “miss list”?

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1. THE PALACE THEATRE, SILVER STREET

The Gaumont - in its later guise as the Odeon.

The Gaumont - in its later guise as the Odeon.

This much-loved theatre, seen here in 1963, was demolished to make way for the Top Rank Suite, later Rotters, Elektrik Avenue, Ritzy, Visage, Trilogy - and now Kooky nightclub.

2. DONCASTER EVENING POST, NORTH BRIDGE

This imposing building bit the dust following the closure of the newspaper in 1983, the Doncaster Star taking its place as the town's evening read.

3. GAUMONT/ODEON, HALL GATE

The Arndale Centre in the early 1980s.

The Arndale Centre in the early 1980s.

Famous for hosting the likes of the Beatles and The Rolling Stones as well as Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, the former site of the theatre and cinema is now in a car park.

4. DONCASTER GAZETTE, PRINTING OFFICE STREET

Another newspaper office lost to the bulldozers, the printworks, which gave the street its name, disappeared as part of the Colonnades development in the 80s.

5. ARNDALE CENTRE, ST SEPULCHRE GATE

The Guildhall in Frenchgate.

The Guildhall in Frenchgate.

Although still there as the Frenchgate, the new centre bears little rememblance to its 70s and early 80s counterpart, with wholesale changes in recent years.

6. THE GUILD HALL, FRENCHGATE

Perhaps Doncaster's most missed town centre landmark, this imposing columned edifice stood where Marks and Spencer is today. Its name lives on with the narrow passageway, Old Guildhall Yard.

7. ICI/DUPONT, WHEATLEY HALL ROAD

Another unmistakable building on one of the town's main routes, generations of workers earned their crust at the factory before its demolition in the 90s.

8. DONCASTER COLLEGE, WATERDALE

The Doncaster Gazette printing works on Printing Office Street.

The Doncaster Gazette printing works on Printing Office Street.

A place that probably holds mixed memories for many, the old Doncaster College bit the dust to make way for the new Civic Offices, Cast and Sir Nigel Gresley Square.

9. BELLE VUE, BAWTRY ROAD

Doncaster Rovers' old Belle Vue ground staged its last ever match in 2006 - and is now being redeveloped for housing, with the club moving to the nearby Keepmoat.

The ICI factory - later DuPont.

The ICI factory - later DuPont.

Doncaster College shortly before its demolition.

Doncaster College shortly before its demolition.

The bulldozers move in at Belle Vue.

The bulldozers move in at Belle Vue.