The left edge of this animation is where the new stretch of Station Road begins. Behind the hedge in the second photo is the old Station Road which, on all the recent maps I’ve seen, has been renamed Oxford Street. The old Oxford Street has itself been almost obliterated by the new Station Road.
Williams Deacon’s Bank has changed its name but, by the time the first photo was taken, had already been a part of the Royal Bank of Scotland for some three decades.
The TSB, on the other hand, is no longer a bank at all. Until earlier this year it was occupied by Cheshire Training Associates, one of the government’s Work Programme providers, but they’ve moved to a site on the edge of town, and this building is currently empty.
Until Westminster Bridge was built, in 1961, pedestrians had two choices if they wanted to cross the railway. They could wait at the level crossing and walk along Station Road, or they could walk under the cattle arch, so long as it hadn’t been raining. The cattle arch path tended to flood quite easily!