Leicester had 2 mainline stations & this other railway station on Belgrave road , people used this line to go to Skegness for their holidays , the city actually had 7 stations in total at one point in time
Inside the Great Northern Station in the the late 1950’s
The station closed in 1962 but various depots on the line continued in operation until 1969.
The site is now the location of a large supermarket & car park
Remember the smog / fog in the city ? Leicester was no different
The newly built New Parks estate early 1950’s
Interesting fuel station on the corner of Orphin street & Belgrave road this filling station come garage had 6 pumps dispensing different brands & brews of fuel , not something you’d see today.
The Cleveland Discol actually contained alcohol in it’s mix.
A view looking North from the great central mainline station in Leicester , looking a tad neglected after the British Rail management decided many years before that the modern fast central main line was surplus to their requirements.
The water towers are still intact but the turntable used for turning locomotives around had not been used for sometime & was the first bit of equipment to be dismantled & removed.
Bits of railway signals on the floor as the dismantling & demolishing begins not longer after closure of the main line.
The tracks are soon removed from around the station , a sad moment for a line that was way ahead of it’s time.
Back in the late 1800’s the designers & planners had already agreed to build the great centrals bridges to the new European freight standard sizes & the platforms were of the island type so if expansion was required you just moved the lines out etc , it was way ahead of it’s time.
Only a few years ago the lines around my area had to have the bridges knocked down & rebuilt to European freight standards
The demolishing of the station buildings start as soon as the tracks are up.
The great central station from above , to the right of the station is the locomotive turntable.
The station had 2 island platforms & a clean uncluttered design , to the left of the main line station is the grand union canal that runs through Leicester which was ideal for the many factories built alongside the canal. The grand union runs up past Loughborough where the preserved portion of the main line is having a bridge reinstated over the midland main line , this will allow the Ruddington section to join up with the Loughborough section making the preserved main line the biggest in the country at just over 18 miles.
Plans are afoot to join up to the midland mainline at Loughborough at that end & plans are being worked on for the other side going towards Nottingham.
The great central passed over the London Midland Railway the bridge above was demolished in the 1980’s , it’s this bridge that’s being reinstated at a cost of £2.5 million.
The works on the bridge have nearly been completed by the GCR preservation society.
Leicester city gas works circa 1950’s , notice the big gas containers.
This was a typical scene in many towns/city’s up & down the country until North Sea Gas came on stream
Leicester Gas works , note the wagons that would have brought the coal into the works
These shunters moved the coal wagons around the Gas Works
After the Second World War many cities across the UK needed new housing , places like Liverpool suffered for many years after , even into the 80’s etc.
Leicester also had it’s own inner city slums , poor living conditions due to very old housing stock that was just no longer fit for the purpose.
Just like Liverpool , unsafe houses , no heating , unrepairable windows , damp , cold , draughty etc & in many cases no gas or electric.
So in late 1950’s Leicester began the change & started to demolish the worst of the slum houses on dark dirty streets.
New tower blocks became the answer for many towns & cities which definitely gave people a better standard of living , however as the years went by these tower blocks started to have their own issues which were never fully addressed & the dream turned into a nightmare.
Many tower blocks got knocked down has planners had a rethink & decided that tower blocks were not the total solution.
Cars being parked on a road in Leicester in the 1960’s , today both sides of the road would have cars parked
A road with lots of shops in Leicester , i bet most have been turned back into houses
Inside Leicester’s Haymarket shopping centre in the early 1970’s
The lovely old Victorian buildings were knocked down in the late 1960’s to build this shopping centre on , many regret the loss of those wonderful buildings
The escalators taking you from the 1st floor to the ground floor , planning started back in 1966 but construction didn’t start until 1971.
The Haymarkets theatre which held many great shows up until it’s closure (Leicester had built the new Curve theatre) was a clean modern design , it sat mothballed for many years until the council decided to restore it & today it’s back in action.
A quieter moment in the Haymarket shopping centre , there was an escalator outside on a pavement that took you up to a bridge that crossed over the road & took you into a store on the second floor of the shopping centre.
Park Road Leicester under water , not sure if people are on the way to school / work or coming back home
A local game of footy , coming home covered in dirt was all part of the game
The footbridge on Charles Street that had the outside escalator leading up to it , sadly at the time this photograph was taken the bridge was blocked off & the escalator no more.
The footbridge was later demolished.
Charles Street police station started off it’s new life in 1933 , notice the sand bags which indicates this photograph was taken during the Second World War
Previous photo’s showed employees of Batchelor Bowles , the company is seen here advertising on this Leicester railway bridge.
A complete service was offered by the company selling Vauxhall / Bedford vehicles with sites all over Leicestershire.
They had until a few years back a dealership in Hinckley , that site had a name change from Batchelor Bowles to Martin Rumble & then it closed down a few years back & moved to Nuneaton ( Elliot Fields )
Even now some old Astra F & Cavaliers seen around Hinckley roads still have the Batchelor Bowles stickers in the back windows.
The original Batchelor Bowles Hinckley site car salesman lived up the road from me , he told me he’d shifted a fair few Astra & Cavaliers over the years & did very well on the back of those models.
On the photograph notice the cars have their headlamps blacked out , must be a world war going on.