A “Virtual” Tour of The Back to Backs – part 1



A Virtual Tour of the Back to Backs – part 1

Many visitors to the Second City will often find their way to Hurst Street and pay “The Back to Backs” a visit. However it was felt that it would be appropriate to take a tour of The Back to Backs from the comfort of your home. If you’ve visited us before we hope that this will bring back some memories. If you’ve never had the pleasure of guzunders, the brew’us and spiral stairs, just ten minutes’ walk from the country’s biggest interchange station, please come and pay us a visit in the near future.

Our story starts over 200 years ago and if we stand outside the Hippodrome theatre looking along Inge Street at Court 15 we can see “Subway” – the sandwich shop. Needless to say, it wasn’t there 200 years ago but the house next to it was. It was built in 1802 by a man called John Wilmore and it is now number 50 Inge Street. He built the house on what was at the time open countryside for his family to live in. It was a pleasant three-storey house with six rooms and a small attic. If we look up at the roof of John Wilmore’s house we can see that is higher than the roofs of the houses to the left. There is a good reason for this and later in our Virtual Tour we will find out why.

The Inge Street side of Court 15 [Caro Daniels]
A close-up of the previous photograph showing the higher roof-line of No 50 Inge Street.

(Photos courtesy of Caro Daniels).