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Batchelor Bowles works party
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As befell the fate of many many garages around the country this one became a hand car wash site & still operates successfully as such today , notice the lady filling up her Mk2 Cavalier. Clarendon car care is now East Green garage services & still work out the back of ex filling station doing MOT & repairs etc
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Off on a trip & walking fast to get on the waiting coach , notice the Mk2 Ford Cortina used as a taxi.
The black coachwork with white bonnet & white boot was the standard colour scheme for Leicester city council Hackney carriages , they became know as “ black & whites “ .
Today the colour scheme as been abandoned by the licensing department.
 

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50s early 60s my parents era for which they speak fondly of, 70s on for me, when I look back at these old photos especially the ones mum and dad have there is one thing I always notice, "dress code" people were tidy suited and booted and there was a sense of pride in appearance, fast forward to present day and it's all gone out the window it's like people don't give a **** anymore, it's like that photo of the AA man suited up with a cap on and polish shoes which applied to all the services, the police for instance back then with large over coats on looking smart now they just look like their going for a sky dive.
 

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The good people of Leicester waiting to get on the coach for their annual trip to Skegness
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Once at Skegness many families made for their holiday destination , in this case the Butlins holiday camp
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The 2 photographs above show how the ladies had their good times , entering model competitions & fashion shows etc. The ladies in the bottom photograph all have the same face masks on , a bit of Butlins fun
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The outdoor swimming pool & diving boards for those who wanted to cool off from the summer heat (“Skegness is so bracing” , was the resorts trademark motto)
 

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I went to Skegness Butlins as a day visitor when we lived up in Grimsby.
Thought it was great being able to go on all the rides for "free".
 

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Trouble on the trams , one of the trams as suffered a derailment
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A tram outside the train station of the LMS railway on London road , trams had lots of advertising space
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A colour photograph of Leicester’s clock tower area in the 1960’s
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Leas department store on humberstone gate , traffic lights were painted in black & white which was probably a nod to the Zebra as in Zebra crossing
 

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Leicester & the surrounding area was famous for it’s hosiery & knitwear industry , however it also had many other industries making other goods that got sent around the UK & the world.
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Knitter or as the trade called it , a “ Maker “ operating knitting machinery , all those cones of yarn need watching closely
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The boot & shoe trade was also big business in Leicestershire , here we see women’s shoes being put together
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Engineering was another big employer in Leicester & around the county
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Electro plating being undertaken in this factory
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Leicester also had a typewriter manufacturer in the city , notice the small clocks advising the employee of how long he’s got on each operation.
I remember the “ The Time & Motion Men “ working out on average how long each task should take you
 

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Leicester’s most famous city centre factory was the massive Corah factory , in the middle was a grassed area with benches where you sat to eat your sandwiches.
Corah was a big employee in the hosiery & knitwear trade the site was vast & spread over a large area.
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An early postcode showing the scale of the site with all the various works
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An aerial photograph showing how vast the Corah site was , it even had it’s own dyehouse on the site. A job at Corah meant a long career was ahead of you with many opportunities to progress up the ladder
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On the ground , this single building ran up this one road towards the church
 

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A group of men in suits posing for a photograph outside of the Corah building , i wonder if they were visiting the factory for the purposes of seeing how things were done at Leicester or were they buyers of the goods made there ?
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Someone of note visiting the Corah factory in a horse drawn carriage , notice the military men who accompanied the lady. A foreign visit maybe ?
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At work inside the factory , lock stitching / over locking by the looks of things
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More work being undertaken in another department , Singer sewing machines were very popular within Leicester hosiery & knitwear factories.
Corah also made clothes / garments etc the stitching of which needed a skilled hand & a steady eye , not forgetting speed as these women would have been on piece work
 

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F A Calow delivered beers , wines & spirits within the county in these open trailered lorries.
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Before the motorised vehicle Hoyes & sons of Leicester delivered their fizzy pop by horse & cart to villages & towns within Leicestershire.
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This Leicester lorry carries the famous slogan used by Hoyes , “ Your thirst is our business “
This lorry carried ciders & squashes & syphons etc
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Leaving the depot & most likely going around the pubs dropping off crates of fizzy pop for the take out.
 

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A group of men in suits posing for a photograph outside of the Corah building , i wonder if they were visiting the factory for the purposes of seeing how things were done at Leicester or were they buyers of the goods made there View attachment 94097 Someone of note visiting the Corah factory in a horse drawn carriage , notice the military men who accompanied the lady. A foreign visit maybe ?At work inside the factory , lock stitching / over locking by the looks of thingsMore work being undertakn in another department , Singer sewing machines were very popular within Leicester hosiery & knitwear factories.
Corah also made clothes / garments etc the stitching of which needed a skilled hand & a steady eye , not forgetting speed as these women would have been on piece work
A Royal visit, King George 5th and Queen Mary
 

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A Royal visit, King George 5th and Queen Mary
Well spotted , usually a visit from the Royals spelt disaster as a few years after their visit factories would shut down lol 😂
We had Princess Anne visit my old firm , it’s still going but the factory she visited is now a lildl supermarket lol 😂
 

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A Hoyes lorry outside the gates of the Demontfort Hall
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A much later time in the company’s operating history , the trucks now have a bold colour scheme.
Sadly today there is no demand for fizzy bottled pop delivery to our doors & yet we now have online grocery shopping , reminds me of when the milkman sold you a loaf of bread with your pint of milk
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This company sold clothes from this vehicle to the general public.
Ideal for people living in villages who couldn’t get out to go into town
 

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Leicester has 3 major hospitals
The Royal Infirmary
Glenfield hospital
The General Hospital
The Glenfield is starlet of the 3 as it’s a world leader in children’s pedantics & a heart hospital of the highest regard , they saved my mates life
The Royal was built back in the 1800’s
As so was the General , which in the early days tended to the sick & injured of wars including world war 1
The Infirmary is now a massive sprawling site full of multi level buildings containing wards which specialises in many different health issues , it also has an A&E plus maternity facilities
Before nationalisation Leicester’s hospitals looked & operated very differently
Here’s a few photos showing past times.

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Before Nationalisation at the Royal
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An operating theatre in action
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World war 1 casualties at the General hospital
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The General & it’s people at the laying of the foundation stone
 

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Now things step up as the NHS is formed & brought into being
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Nurses undergoing some role playing
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A lady knitting whilst keeping the injured of World war 1 in good spirits
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Before nationalisation , something to do with bed linen by the looks of it
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Not many wearing masks here in this photo
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The kitchens being prepared for cooking
 

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Now to look at 2 of Leicester’s famous public houses come music venues.
Many pubs across the country have been lost , some being turned into flats & others into car parks.
However the odd public house has been saved for many a reason , here’s the tale of these 2 venues with differing outcomes.
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The black boy on Albion street was first listed as a pub in 1727 the licensee being one Mr Thomas Drake , here’s a very early photo of the pub.
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How it looks recently , all forlorn & sad & most definitely no longer in use.
In these politically correct times , many saw the name of the pub as being distasteful.
The history of the pubs name dates way back to time & place were we couldn’t imagine what life was like , apparently King Charles had dark skin & had the nickname black boy
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It would appear that a developer has stepped in to save to building from being demolished , maybe it’s long history dating back to the 1700’s is the reason why.
This present day look came after a revamp of the pub in 1927.
 

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And now for the County Arms in blaby
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As it looked freshly built in 1938 by Leicester breweries Everards , it was a big multi level Art Deco building.
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Slowly being demolished to make way for an older persons retirement apartments by McCarthy & Stone , notice the Merry Xmas sign 2013
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Looking towards the front & the tower with it’s main entrance , inside the tower was the now famous WW2 air raid siren that was fitted inside to warn the area of Luftwaffe bombers coming over Leicester.
The venue did good business as a music & eating venue in the 1960’s & 1970’s
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Inside one of the areas of the County Arms used for eating or dancing , photo was taken just before demolition of the once great local landmark
 

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Now to look at 2 of Leicester’s famous public houses come music venues.
Many pubs across the country have been lost , some being turned into flats & others into car parks.
However the odd public house has been saved for many a reason , here’s the tale of these 2 venues with differing outcomes. View attachment 94211 The black boy on Albion street was first listed as a pub in 1727 the licensee being one Mr Thomas Drake , here’s a very early photo of the pub. View attachment 94212 How it looks recently , all forlorn & sad & most definitely no longer in use.
In these politically correct times , many saw the name of the pub as being distasteful.
The history of the pubs name dates way back to time & place were we couldn’t imagine what life was like , apparently King Charles had dark skin & had the nickname black boy View attachment 94213 It would appear that a developer has stepped in to save to building from being demolished , maybe it’s long history dating back to the 1700’s is the reason why.
This present day look came after a revamp of the pub in 1927.
There's a pub not far from me that has the same name:

 

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Leicester suffered from some bomb damage during the WW2 from the Luftwaffe.
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Surveying the damage to a property after a bomb landed on it
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Every house had one in the back garden , an Anderson Shelter & around 1.5 million were issued free to all house holders with a income of £250 a year or less coming in.
The first Anderson Shelter appeared in November 1938 , i think they kinda new war was coming.
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Looks 3 dwellings got took out by this bomb from the Luftwaffe bombers.
We as country suffered terribly from the bombing raids , London a blaze most nights.
Hitler got enraged when we went over & dropped bombs over Germany , he stated that he would Coventrate Coventry , my grandmother worked on the Hurricanes where she put the fabric on the wooden fuselage & wings.
Later versions had stressed metal wings fitted to improve performance.
Often the German fighters would swoop down on the factory & open fire , my Nan said she had bullet holes in her skirts.
 

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Looks a nice public house
I've only ever been in 2 or 3 times and only once since moving here just over 6 years ago. I don't really drink, so don't have much cause to go in any of the local pubs.

Going to go there for lunch in a few weeks though.
 
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