Ashby De La Zouch, View From St Helen's Church c.1965

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Caption for Ashby-de-la-Zouch, view from St Helen's Church c1965: This view looks from St Helen's Church, west across the rooftops, to Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church and Holy Trinity Church in Kilwardby Street. The countrywide low point of early 1960s building design has clearly arrived at Ashby, with the larger building towards the bottom right of the photograph standing out in an otherwise well-ordered townscape.

An extract from Leicestershire Photographic Memories.

Memories of Ashby-de-la-Zouch


Form 1a 1958 to 1962

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)

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)

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Caption for Ashby-de-la-Zouch, view from St Helen's Church c1965: This view looks from St Helen's Church, west across the rooftops, to Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church and Holy Trinity Church in Kilwardby Street. The countrywide low point of early 1960s building design has clearly arrived at Ashby, with the larger building towards the bottom right of the photograph standing out in an otherwise well-ordered townscape.

An extract from Leicestershire Photographic Memories.

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