Lavenham in Sussex is a very woolly town

There are many towns in East Anglia where you can still see examples of late Medieval or early Tudor buildings. The Tudor period was from 1485–1603 (the reigns of Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I). These buildings were constructed during the wool industry's boom years.…

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Maker’s Yard and Makers’ Mart

In my last post, I wrote about the St George's area of Leicester and showed you some of the old warehouses and factory buildings. Regeneration of this area and its rebranding as 'The Cultural Quarter' started around 2000. A new theatre (Curve) was built, Leicester's art cinema (Phoenix) relocated, and the Moderne cinema became the Athena conference…

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Alexandra House (1895-8) by Edward Burgess, Rutland Street, Leicester Originally a bootlace warehouse. Damaged in WW2. Cleaned in 1990.

The Cultural Quarter, Leicester

Recently I visited the Cultural Quarter in Leicester. Even though I grew up near this city and visited often, this is an area with which I'm not that familiar. The things I do remember are the Moderne former Odeon cinema and the flat-iron corner of The Exchange Building, with its…

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Pen nibs and custard!

I've always had a fascination with how things are made, whether that be by hand or machine. As I child, I remember watching milk bottles being filled in a factory; it was quite mesmerising! Recently, a group of us went to Birmingham, which is Britain's second largest city. For many…

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