Friday, June 19, 2015

Vanished Leicester: Britannia Works, Granby Street

Copyright © Dennis Calow
This imposing factory stood at the north end of Granby Street. The modern block next to it occupies the site of the yet more imposing Temperance Hall, where Charles Dickens, Mark Twain and Charlie Chaplin performed.

The Granby Street Conservation Area Character Appraisal says the Britannia Works were demolished in 1962, but the University of Leicester Special Collections date this photograph, taken when demolition was about to begin, to 1965.

The Barley Mow, the pub on the other side of the Britannia Works, is still serving.

1 comment:

Phil Beesley said...

The Barley Mow is at the south west end of Granby Street. Commercial buyers of hosiery from Britannia only had to walk 300 yards from the Midland Station.