Last Alteration: Tuesday 15 June 2010

Royal Close

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Billy Banks Estate, Penarth, Wales

The Billy Banks Estate was built upon the remains of a limestone quarry, overlooking the Penarth Flats. Originally considered a modern estate and even winning awards, it went into decline in the 1980s and a decision was made to redevelop the site in 1998. Most residents left by 2002, and the estate is now generally derelect and due to be rebuilt into luxury apartments.

14 Jun 2010: The site is now in the process of being demolished by Crest Nicholson; the entire Billy Banks Estate is estimated to be finished in 20 weeks, and work will then start on the new Penarth Heights housing project.

 

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Photograph taken: 9th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

"As can be seen here, the entire first floor walkway has collapsed!"

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Ghost Machine
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Gwen leaves Bernie's to catch up with the others.

 

 

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Photograph taken: 9th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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Gwen calls out to the others.

 

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The others are heading to the SUV.

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Gwen sees the future.

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Bernie is confronted by Eddie.

 

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Jack turns at Gwen's call.

 

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Eddie heads to Bernie's

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Eddie and Bernie are kept apart.

 

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Gwen realises that this is the future she saw.

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Jack and Owen hold onto Eddie.

 

 

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«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 17th October 2009 by Scott Frankton

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The Judoon leads the others off to find Androvax.

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The Judoon requisitions a police car!

 

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Photograph taken: 17th October 2009 by Scott Frankton

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Prisoner of the Judoon (1)
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The Judoon requisitions a police car!

 

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Photograph taken: 17th October 2009 by Scott Frankton

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The Judoon requisitions attempts to start the car.

 

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The Judoon drives off from the estate.

 

Where to travel to next?

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For detailed information where you can travel to next, see the full Locations Guide entry.

Additional Torchwood locations as the crow flies:

In the News:

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15 Jun 2010: South Wales Echo - "The Billybanks: A Brief History"

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14 Jun 2010: BBC Wales Today - Video on the demolition of the estate.

Notable photos/media relating to the location:

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21 Jul 2007: Flickr - Photos of the Billy Banks Estate by "The Groovster"

Related Stories

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Ghost Machine [2006]: Bernie's estate

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