Leicester, The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane c.1949

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Caption for Leicester, The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane C1949: Leicester grew rapidly in the 18th and 19th centuries, but it continued to be governed from its small medieval Guildhall until 1876. Situated among the somewhat reduced remains of the buildings of Georgian Leicester, now tightly grouped in New Street, Peacock Lane and Friar Lane, the Guildhall is overshadowed by St Martins Cathedral (upgraded in 1927 from parish church status). The spire of the church is of the moment, but it was worked on internally by G E Street and J L Pearson at the end of the 19th century. To the rear of the Guildhall, in 1949, was Alderman Newton's Boys Grammar School, the resited 18th-century foundation of Alderman Gabriel Newton, who now lies buried in the churchyard of All Saints, High Cross Street. A visit to the Guildhall is worthwhile, with its amazing 14th-century timbered Great Hall of the Corpus Christi Guild, and the intimate inner courtyard of All Saints, High Cross Street is also worth seeing.

An extract from Leicestershire Photographic Memories.

Memories of Leicester


I was born in Queen St 1942, at No 19 ,opposite the Engine Hotel. I can still see the horse & drays lining up from the top of Queen St all the way down getting loaded up with goods & parcels from the railway yard, and me & my Mam going out with a bucket and spade,after they had gone on their round's, collecting (...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)

I had many fond memories of my school days at Lancaster Boys and of course Victoria Park, Saturdays after playing rugby for the school would often call in the pavilion for a quick snack... these where great times!

I've put "1948" as the date as that's about the earliest I remember Corts Ltd, on the corner of Cheapside and Silver Street in this photo. The ironmongers and builders merchants business (formerly Cort & Paul until some time in the 1920s/1930s) was owned by my grandfather David Charles who leased the premises (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Leicester, The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane C1949: Leicester grew rapidly in the 18th and 19th centuries, but it continued to be governed from its small medieval Guildhall until 1876. Situated among the somewhat reduced remains of the buildings of Georgian Leicester, now tightly grouped in New Street, Peacock Lane and Friar Lane, the Guildhall is overshadowed by St Martins Cathedral (upgraded in 1927 from parish church status). The spire of the church is of the moment, but it was worked on internally by G E Street and J L Pearson at the end of the 19th century. To the rear of the Guildhall, in 1949, was Alderman Newton's Boys Grammar School, the resited 18th-century foundation of Alderman Gabriel Newton, who now lies buried in the churchyard of All Saints, High Cross Street. A visit to the Guildhall is worthwhile, with its amazing 14th-century timbered Great Hall of the Corpus Christi Guild, and the intimate inner courtyard of All Saints, High Cross Street is also worth seeing.

An extract from Leicestershire Photographic Memories.

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