Will you eventually add any dates ? Poor recent updates
Organise more years please looking for 1980s dates
We moved from Willesden in London to Kingrichards Road, Leicester when I was 5 yrs old in 1965. I went to King Richards Infants with my brother, Wayne. The building I think was something to do with a church, I think, an old chapel or church hall. It was just a couple of mins from our shop, where we lived with our grandparents.
Opposite our shop was Dereks the butchers and either side of our shop was a book shop and bakers and electrical repair shop.
I later went to Shaftsbury Juniors school which I believe is still there. Our doctors surgery was at the top of our road which if I remember rightly was the Foss Road. The surgery was a big old house with a blue door and a black knocker; God knows why I remember that.
There was also a big park, Foss Park I think, that we sometimes went to, also on King Richards Road was a working mans club, a shoe shop, sweet shop and bookies, a grocer shop with a freezer - they sold homemade penny lollies. The shop was painted black and white and had tables out front. I remember, I think, the Catholic Easter parade that used to come down the street, the museum, the little park across the road from it and the bridge over the canal with a plaque comemorating Richard the 3rd.
Its a shame I don't have any photos of the shops or the infant school.
I later went to Knighton Fields Junior after moving to Vernon Road with my parents in 1969, later on attended Marylinwood Girls, and my brother, Lancaster Boys. I had many happy times at Tiffany's, the Corn Exchange, Palis, Adam Eve, Baileys and the Tower as a teenager. I loved the city and the people of my Leicester in the 60/70s. Unfortunately I feel it has somewhat declined over the years and I would be to afraid to return. A sad refleclegion
I will always remember regular family trips to Abbey Park, fishing in the Soar, hiring the metal pedal boats and many other memories. I always remember that the one day of the week that we used to go to the park was nearly always on a Sunday, this was the one day of the week that most families used go out for recreation and its incredible that there was no access to the boats, swings etc as the local authorities saw fit to stop all the pleasure activities as it was the sabbath. Never made any sense to me then and still rankles even now. The only thing that we had for entertainment was a brass band that played the same boring tunes every week and nearly always played in the rain. Couldn't stop us fishing though, the park was beautifully kept and I often wonder if its still maintained to the same standard, assuming of course that its still there, good memories of post war Leicester.
i had to walk over vicky park to school for four years 54-58 , i remember the cafe opening a crowd of us used to go there on sunday mornings. all of whom ive lost touch when i joined the royal marines in 1960 if you know me contact me
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 what was left by the horse's for the garden !. Going into the chippy on the corner of George St/Queen St for threepenuth of chips from 'daddy kind' not sure if that was his name or not but that's what we called him.
John abbot commented
Anyone remember Robinson & Pickford's in Leicester. They were a Great company to work for. I met lots of good friends there, I think they also had a making up place in Ibstock !
I was born in Belgrave, Holden Street in 1947 I. Have great Memories of those Wonderful days growing up their All the kids in our Street played together outside in all weathers, , In School Holidays we played simple games then,Girls swapped beads and played snobs, double ball and skipping too verses we made up. Boys played marbles or swapped cigarette cards known as faggies, We also played many games together and formed little clubs and put on concerts and went long walks and on picnics as young as 7 years old . Today you wouldn't dream of allowing children that young too go off. I have been a life long friend of one of those girls Carol Luker , even after I moved across too the USA in 1981 our friendship and Memories have endured with regular visits and contact over the years. We have wrote many poems on those days when Bonfire Night, Christmas, Easter and all the Holidays were celebrated in our street, We didn't have a lot in those days but Memories are Golden.
Chris Scott commented
I believe this should be expanded upon and given more due dates
Looking for more details on the The Beaumont Leys Inn circa 1980 it was situated on Beaumont Leys Lane. This pub has now been demolished with a care home built on the site
Max green commented
I am a local historian researching the clubs/ coffee bars in Leicester in the 1960s.
Would love to speak to anyone who frequented these places. There is very little recorded information of them and without the memory their histories may fade away!
If anyone has any photos as well I would love to see them.
Leicestershire, born and bred in Loughborough, I moved away to Buscheid (a small town near Cologne) about 20 years ago. Along with my wife and two children I've been back a few times to show the kids my old haunts. Fishing at Proctors Park, Barrow-Upon-Soar; swimming in the river or the canal; watching the city and visiting old friends, walking in Charnwood Forest, or having a beer at the Navigation Inn, Hathern, simply beautiful. Memories are made of this. If anyone who knows me reads this please feel free to drop me a line, I'd love it
Used to go Airmans Rest and County Arms in Blaby. This was in mid 70's to mid 80's. Palais and one on London Road amongst others and I was not really one for night clubs. Only went in with friends.
Yep I was DJ in The Carousel http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisdpyrah/tags/carousel/ and in Grannys and in what used to be "The George" where the Red Room is now under what used to be Baileys. Had some great nights in Baileys.. saw Paul Daniels there when he was just getting started. He was on because Tommy Cooper was ill. Also The Three Degrees, Slade, Mud, Showaddywaddy, Les Dawson.. showing my age
Also the hotel, I think it was the White Hart, and shops that used to be where the Haymarket is now. I was only a kid but I can remember them well, (and Lewis's). I got my first ever pair of long trousers for school from Cheatle's, which used to be there. Irish Clothing Store (now just Irish) used to be among the shops that were there as well. I can still remember the smell of cordouroy in that place!
The Great Central station in its last days.
The bridge on Catherine Street that used to cross the railway (the line ran to Skegness and the East coast) where the Horse and Jockey pub is now. It still features in a few of my dreams even now... going over it on a double decker bus feeling as if I was thousand feet high.
Look through the photos on the link Zingari put up... loads of old favourite haunts
10 more pubs/bars that have disappeared in recent times: :(
Black Boy, Albion Street
Black Swan, Belgrave Gate
Bricklayers' Arms, Welford Road
Durham Ox, Bowling Green Street
Griffin/Jacey's, Belgrave Gate
Magazine, Newarke Street
Physio & Firkin, Aylestone Road
Spread Eagle, Charles Street
Victory, Aylestone Road
Wyvern, Granby Street
M baker commented
The Swiss Cottage on Churchgate.
Mum used to take me and the big sister in there on the way back from town a fair amount. Used to love it in there with all the old copper and the smell was amazing
filbert st.. obvious reasons
granby halls.. had many a night skating there
cascade amusements one on the corner near palais/life
burger king.. not too dissapointed but cant believe none left in leicester now lol..
original john lewis and the bridge to it.. as an early teen would spend a saturday mooching round lewis, on the bridge, in the haymarket..
weavers/ showrooms/ o4/ lalle bella/ matiche..
tandy electronic store..
Ainsleys Music & Video
The LCFC Shop on Churchgate
Beatties Electronics in the old shires
To many to mention, I came home to Leicester at Christmas and ended up going into town to buy some presents and I was disgusted with how horrible the City Center has become. So many empty shops everywhere and the ones that are open were either Charity shops, Cash 4 gold/Instant cash shops, Seemed like the Highcross has killed off the city centre
Call it sentimental but does anybody else have fond memories of places in leicester which have now sadly disappeared?
Mine would be-
Filbert Street (obviously) so many memories of that place.
The Wellington pub, which changed into Edwards :( and is now a Tesco Express :nono: always used to meet up with mates on a Fri and Sat night in there and before a home game,breaks my heart everytime I walk past it. Nigel the barman seemed to work there forever.
Superbowl (always tried to get in the Studio on the way down) and Harveys nightclubs, great nights out!
Modern Toys shop, not sure of the road name but as a kid then I loved that shop
Excellent website! I am a Leicester lass and my husband and I are lucky enough to have just moved into The Green and look forward to finding more out about the area and its rich history. Hopefully we will also make local peoples acquaintance at the next History group meeting. Keep up the superb work