Still Open, Gladys; Answers to Correspondents

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Still Open, Gladys; Answers to Correspondents


QUESTION Where was the street in which Open All Hours was filmed?

What's it like today?

ARKWRIGHT'S shop in Open All Hours was on the corner of Lister Avenue, Balby, in Doncaster.

Today, as it has been for some time, it is known as Helen's Beautique and is a beauty parlour.

The house opposite, which was initially used as Nurse Gladys Emmanuel's house in the first series, was changed later on in filming after the original was subjected to some modernisation.

The programme's producers felt it would not be in keeping with either the series's continuity or Nurse Gladys's image. A location two houses along the same road was used instead.

Other locations used in the series, all in Doncaster, were Hexthorpe Road, Highfield Road and the Marketplace.

Edward Couzens-Lake, Barnham, W. Sussex.

QUESTION Where is the largest library in Britain? And which is the world's largest library?

THE largest library in Britain in terms of size, breadth and scope of collection is the British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom.

It holds about 150 million items from all over the world, ranging from Chinese oracle bones, dating back around 3,000 years, to the most recent publications The British Library's purposebuilt headquarters at St Pancras in central London was the largest public building constructed in Britain in the 20th century, and hence fits the description of the largest library in Britain.

Since its opening by the Queen in 1998, the St Pancras building has become an established landmark on the London tourist map.

It acts as a showcase for some of the UK's best known and most important treasures such as Magna Carta and the Lindisfarne Gospels. The Library welcomes visitors to its St Pancras headquarters which is open to all, free of charge, seven days a week.

The St Pancras building houses around nine million items which can be delivered to users in its 11 reading areas within an hour of request. The library's contents, laid end to end, would stretch from Central London to Edinburgh.

The British Library site at Boston Spa in Yorkshire is the largest supplier of documents in the world. …

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