Syston, The Green c.1955

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Caption for Syston, The Green C1960: The 15th-century local granite and limestone church tower of St Peter and St Paul, heavily restored in 1872 by P W Ordish, shows above the houses of quality which bound The Green. It must have been a considerable worry at Council meetings when plans were discussed for the transformation of this attractive open area. So, instead of being a sensitive pedestrian and architecturally friendly scheme, the area is now a peculiarly urban villagescape, half car park and half odd seating which one would hesitate to use. All-in-all, it blends, I suppose, with the remainder of this unfortunate village.

An extract from Leicestershire Villages Photographic Memories.

Memories of Syston, the Green c1955


The cottage on the left of this photo was where my great grandfather and his ten children lived at the turn of the 20th century. He was a butcher. There was a slaughterhouse at the back of the property. They lived there from about 1895 to 1908.

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Caption for Syston, The Green C1960: The 15th-century local granite and limestone church tower of St Peter and St Paul, heavily restored in 1872 by P W Ordish, shows above the houses of quality which bound The Green. It must have been a considerable worry at Council meetings when plans were discussed for the transformation of this attractive open area. So, instead of being a sensitive pedestrian and architecturally friendly scheme, the area is now a peculiarly urban villagescape, half car park and half odd seating which one would hesitate to use. All-in-all, it blends, I suppose, with the remainder of this unfortunate village.

An extract from Leicestershire Villages Photographic Memories.

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