Hinckley in old picture postcards volume 2

Hinckley in old picture postcards volume 2

:   Frank Shaw
:   Leicestershire
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-6129-9
:   80
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49 The staff and employees ofSimpkin San and Emery setting off on their outing to the Wembley Exhibition of 1923-1924. 'ïhetr factory was in Upper Bond Street bebind the old Wool Building that has recently been demolished. They manufactured underwear, soeks and shirts under the brand narnes of Platinum and Velvetex and the business closed down in 1 938.

50 The unveiling of'HinckleyWar Memorial on 20th May 1922. The Memorial records the names of 384 men from Hinckley alone who were killed in the FirstWorld War. Bearing in mind the size of the town at that time, the effect must have been catastrophic, especially as in those days calarmties on such a scale were unknown. The statue is unique in that at mid-day the sun casts a shadow of the outstretched hands on the memorial cross.

5 1 I always like to have at least one individual photograph in a book such as this. This is a young lady from Wykin whose name, alas, I do not knovv. Taken in the early 1920's I think it is a lovely study: It may also prove to my eldest granddaughter Carla that the 'new' boot fashions she is currently so keen on are not so new after all!

52 A wonderful picture showing the character, attitudes, dress and standards of the turn of the century. Each and every man and woman is weIl worth an individual study, yet regretfuIly little is known about them, except the lady and elderly gentleman seated on the left. On the far left is seated themother of Clive Wormleighton, the wellknown Hinckley builder. Seated next to her is Mr. NichoIls, the Burbage lamplighter.

53 The Union Workhouse. Built in the Tudor style in 1838 at a cost ofE4,OOO it was on the right-hand side of London Road entering Hinckley It was demolished in

1947 and the site used to build the extension to the Hinckley College of Further Education. The trees fronting London Road remain and are now fully matured.

54 The Congregational Church in the Borough in about 1900. Totally unchanged it is now the United Reformed Church. It was opened on 25th March 1868 and built at a cost of n,300. The construction is oflocal bricks and the front is entirely of Attleborough sandstone. It had a seating capacity of eight hundred and a large Christian Institute and Sunday School adjoining it. (See photograph 39 for the site prior to the erection of the church.)

55 Laying the first electric cables in Station Road in

1 91 2. This was done by the then Leicestershire and Warwickshire Electric Power Company. The photograph is taken looking towards the station with the corner of Lancaster Road on the right.

56 The Co-op in Castle Street in 1 911 . The Co-op still trades from Castle Street, but this shop was next door to what is now Swonews (see photograph 1), from which the shop can be identified by the clock. The glass windows on the first floor were a major innovation at the time and even now have a 'futuristic' feel to them. We seem to have a mini-crisis at the front left where the little girl has suddenly dissolved into tears for na apparent reason.

57 Stockwell Head in 1930 photographed from what is now the Concordia Theatre. All the buildings are long gone except the old Methodist Chapel at the top of the road in the disrance. The chapel was built in 1782 and [ohn Wesley preached there in 1793.

58 Troops at Hinckley Station in the First World War. Every time I see photographs like this I look at each individual and wonder what the next few weeks, months or years held for him. A safe return? Wounded? Or did he become one of the 384 men who would never see their home town of Hinckley again. It is quite impossible for us to grasp today the emotional impact the savagery of the First World War had on every village, town and city. The trusting, blind and simple faith of these young men is shown in every face. The real tragedy for every one of them is that it was all sa misplaced.

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