Newcastle’s Monument Mall transported through cyberspace to Staffordshire
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It’s always fun to find links between my current home of Tyneside and my previous one of Staffordshire – Tamworth playing Gateshead in the Blue Square Premier, for example – but the latest link is the most bizarre yet.
You may remember that, back in August, I remarked upon the outdated website for Newcastle’s Monument Mall shopping centre, and suggested that the two-year-old mall guide – promoting long-closed-down Boots, Benetton, JJB Sports and Virgin Megastore shops – hardly conveyed a good first impression to potential visitors to the mall, and was “truly terrible PR”.
Needless to say, when I revisited http://www.monumentmall.info/ today, I was not quite sure whether I would find an updated site, or the same content as before. What I certainly hadn’t expected to find was… the website for the Three Spires Shopping Centre in Lichfield (which can more usually be found at http://www.threespireslichfield.com/). The screenshot above shows the Monument Mall URL with the Three Spires website.
Both Monument Mall and Three Spires are owned by St Martins Property Investments Ltd, but it looks like someone needs to make a New Year’s Resolution to get their domain forwarding fixed… before any shoppers turn up at Monument Mall expecting to find TJ Hughes and M&S Simply Food.
UPDATE, 28 January 2010: Aha! It appears that there is a brand new Monument Mall website at www.newcastle-shopping.co.uk. Even so, it would surely make sense for the old URL to point there rather than (still) to Lichfield…