Goodbye to the old Saw Close garage.

The Virtual Museum was on hand this morning (Monday, January 18th, 2016) to witness the start of the demolition of the old garage in the Saw Close.

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Demolition of the garage gets underway.

The building – which was built as a carriage works and even used as a cheese store – was unstable and will make way for the multi-million-pound scheme to build a casino, restaurants and an hotel.

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The steel framework has been built to protect the old wall from falling. It will be incorporated into the new development.

Most of the old theatre – which dates back to 1886 – will also be taken down. However, its historic tower-topped entrance will be incorporated into the new scheme.

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The old theatre tower which is Grade 2 listed and will stay to front part of the new development.

The building has had many makeovers in its long and colourful history. From a palace of varieties, to a cinema, dance hall and bingo venue.

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The interior of the old theatre has been stripped out ready for demolition.

It was certainly eerie being allowed inside where the interior has been stripped to its bare bones and where much careful work has been done to remove asbestos and make it safe to demolish.

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A close up of the steel frame to protect the old wall.

Some of its walls are being specially braced and protected and will remain and be incorporated into the new scheme.

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Cotswold Archaeology at work mapping out the position of the terrace of industrial workers cottages that once stood along Bridewell Lane.

Cotswold Archaeology are still busy mapping out floor plans for the terrace of industrial workers’ houses behind the theatre.

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As of today – Tuesday, January 19th – the old garage is gone!

If you are fascinated by demolition pictures or maybe impressed by the skills of the man controlling the digger doing the job, click on the video below.