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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

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)

Form 1a 1958 to 1962

Willesley Close was the centre of the universe for the first twelve years of my life from 1959. The garden enclosed twenty yards of the old railway embankment and featured a natural spring, the source of much entertainment in summer, as well as fresh watercress. The house we lived in was on the edge of (...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)

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