Page updated 26th February 2018
between Post Office Street and Bedford
Street, this small lane was a modern addition to the Princesshay
development, and not completed until 1962. The
Bedford House. The lane started in Bedford Street by the side of the post office. It turned to the righ after 50 metres before joing Post Office Street in front of the city wall. The entrance to the old Princesshay carpark (originally Hughes Garge carpark) was on the corner–see photo above. The entrance to the post office depot was in Bluecoat Lane.
The site of St John's Hospital School, founded in 1636 in the buildings of a dissolved medieval hospital, stood close to this spot. It famously had a statue of a Blueboy at its entrance, and was locally known as the Bluecoat School. After the destruction of the school in the May 1942 bombing, the statue was moved to a place very close to its original position in Princesshay.
The photo of the side of the post office, was taken just before its demolition in May 2005. Bluecoat Lane has disappeared with the redevelopment. The coat of arms was moved to the mail office in Belgrave Road.
The Bedford Street Post Office just before demolition. The 'coat of arms' can be seen on the side of the building.
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