Leicester, Eastgates 1949

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Caption for Leicester, Eastgates 1949: To the young in Leicester in 1949, the Clock Tower seemed like the universe, and life revolved around it guided by policemen on point duty. Holidays were generally taken at Skegness, Mablethorpe or Great Yarmouth; pre-television entertainment was fairly extravagant, with seven cinemas in the town centre, including the Floral Hall, along with three live theatres. Within two miles of the Clock Tower, local cinemas abounded, only to be swept away in the 1960s purge, including the rather magnificent Trocadero at Humberstone, replaced by a petrol station.

An extract from Leicestershire Photographic Memories.

Memories of Leicester


The Wyggeston Girls Grammar School put on a Dance display for Parents. I remember my mum & younger sister coming to watch and my friend and I took them to a local espresso bar afterwards. I also recall a visit with my dad to see Swan Lake c1949. And I've seen Ray Charles a couple of times in the 60s, also Oscar (...Read full memory)

As the son of Bill and Madge Sharp I lived there, after the Horse and Groom in Humberstone Gate. I remember my dad having a fair few fights outside. Many war veterans told of their stories. My bedroom was at the back, overlooking the fishmongers. I used to sit and be shown how to play the ukelele in the bar, there was a pianola (...Read full memory)

I well remember starting at Wyggeston Girls' Grammar School in Sept 1968 with my new shiny leather satchel. I was so proud of my black velour hat, black gloves, and 'sensible lace-up shoes'.  It had been my ambition to go to Wyggy Girls' from the age of five, when a girl visited class 1, St Joseph's Primary (...Read full memory)

My wife Merlyn's great, great, grandfather, Thomas Pritchard, held the position of Chief Constable in Hereford during the 1770's to 1790's. He had seven sons, and the youngest, Thomas, born in 1831, migrated to Australia in the Horizon and settled in Bendigo, Victoria in 1857, as a result of (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Leicester, Eastgates 1949: To the young in Leicester in 1949, the Clock Tower seemed like the universe, and life revolved around it guided by policemen on point duty. Holidays were generally taken at Skegness, Mablethorpe or Great Yarmouth; pre-television entertainment was fairly extravagant, with seven cinemas in the town centre, including the Floral Hall, along with three live theatres. Within two miles of the Clock Tower, local cinemas abounded, only to be swept away in the 1960s purge, including the rather magnificent Trocadero at Humberstone, replaced by a petrol station.

An extract from Leicestershire Photographic Memories.

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