Ashby De La Zouch, Royal Hotel c.1965

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Caption for Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Royal Hotel c1965: The Royal Hotel is an impressive brick and stone building, designed by the virtually unknown architect Robert Chaplin in 1826; he employed a large porch of paired Greek Doric columns to impress those arriving in search of the invigorating spa waters, which were said to be good for rheumatism.

An extract from Leicestershire Photographic Memories.

Memories of Ashby-de-la-Zouch


Form 1a 1958 to 1962

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)

The ruins of Ashby Castle also hold memories. Some are of sitting at school, gazing morosely out of the window while well-intentioned teachers attempted to impart the joys of adding up using letters. At the ripe old age of 10, I felt that algebra was an unreasonable confusion of reading letters and (...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, Royal Hotel c1965: The Royal Hotel is an impressive brick and stone building, designed by the virtually unknown architect Robert Chaplin in 1826; he employed a large porch of paired Greek Doric columns to impress those arriving in search of the invigorating spa waters, which were said to be good for rheumatism.

An extract from Leicestershire Photographic Memories.

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