Wednesday 3 January 2024

How the mighty have fallen

On the back of yesterday's post about Forton Services, I suddenly remembered another similar piece I'd written over 10 years ago about another Services behemoth: Markham Moor on the A1 and its amazing hyperbolic paraboloid roof. As a kid in the 70s, sitting in the back of dad's Hillman Minx as we drove by this fantastic structure, I honestly thought I'd somehow glimpsed the future. 

Sadly not, as it turned out. In my post dated 12 May 2012 I concluded the piece by saying "It could be worse, it could be a Subway." Ladies and gentleman, look away now if you're easily offended. I did a photo smash and grab on the place in May '22. Don't say I didn't warn you...


  1. Not a road we use very often but when we do I love seeing this building. Becoming a Starbucks though, almost a fate worse than destruction

    1. I know. Makes the 'Little Chef' era look like the golden days.

  2. So you'd rather it be in the state it was during the 1980s when it was unused, derelict and a target for vandals?