Ashby De La Zouch, Market Street c.1955

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Caption for Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Market Street c1955: The slightly overlarge Italianate Town Hall, along with the French Renaissance bank building of 1891, dominate an otherwise well-ordered street scene. The buildings appear to be of later Georgian date, but the jettied timber-framed house to the right speaks of hidden treasures to be found behind and within.

An extract from Leicestershire Photographic Memories.

Memories of Ashby-de-la-Zouch


I was born and bred in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, the eldest of three children. My memories of Ashby itself are snapshots from a time which now seems so old-fashioned that it as nostalgic as a Herriot novel. As a young lad, I was a pupil at North Street Infants School (1964), a delightfully small, Victorian (...Read full memory)

As a young lad in the “swingin 60’s”, the swingin’ rather passed me by … and no regrets there. But the word puts me in mind of the swinging we did do. Just down the lane from Allsopp’s garage – the hallowed source of petrol sold in gallons for shillings and pennies, and Shell’s collectibles such as Roman coins (...Read full memory)

Still on my travels on Memory Lane I browsed past St Helens. This was always a place of seasonal visits: Christmas, Easter and Harvest Festival. I must admit that Easter visits do not live long in my memory, and Harvest Festival seemed to be an exercise in pyramids of tins of things your mum didn’t need (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Market Street c1955: The slightly overlarge Italianate Town Hall, along with the French Renaissance bank building of 1891, dominate an otherwise well-ordered street scene. The buildings appear to be of later Georgian date, but the jettied timber-framed house to the right speaks of hidden treasures to be found behind and within.

An extract from Leicestershire Photographic Memories.

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