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Report - Corah (firedamaged only)/ Leicester/ November 2013

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by The Lone Shadow, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. The Lone Shadow

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    Hello everybody, The Lone Shadow here. The Devil Child and I decided to explore primarily the fire damaged parts of Corah a few Sundays ago. Now let me just point out that I have already made a report about Corah before, but as it is so big, we did not get a chance to visit everywhere last time, but this time we went back primarily just to focus on the bits that have been burnt to a crisp. It really is photogenic and I could not stop snapping as a result, so here is a little report just to focus on that part of the site.

    Just in case you would like some history on Corah.
    Corah History
    N. Corah and Sons was a manufacturer of hosiery and textiles founded somewhere in the region of 1825, located in Leicester in the United Kingdom. At one time it was the largest knitwear producer in Europe, and its products had a major influence on the development and prosperity of the Marks and Spencer chain of retail stores.
    The company was founded by Nathaniel Corah at the Globe Inn, Silver Street, in Leicester – a building which still survives, and which at that time was closely associated with the city's stockinger. Corah's business model was to buy completed stockings in Leicester, and to sell them elsewhere at a profit.
    The firm was the first company to develop a relationship with Mark’s and Spencer, a well-known British retailer. The latter's St Michaels brand, which it used from 1928 until 2000, was inspired by Corah's use of "St Margaret" as a label for its clothing
    Corah maintained a design room until at least the 1960s, which enabled it to present customers such as Marks & Spencer with designs for finished products such as dresses. It even sent clothes to Marks & Spencer already arranged by size so that they could go straight into the store. In the 1970s, the company's trade with Marks & Spencer was worth £20 million per annum – and Corah celebrated the "golden anniversary" of the relationship in 1976.
    However, the downfall of the textiles trade had started in the 1960’s with higher demand in fashion and more expensive materials in a tighter, more low cost market.
    By the 1980’s and 1990’s Corah was fastly declining. The factory doors were finally closed for the last time during the late 1990’s.
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    Thankyou for reading my report
    I hope you liked it :thumb

    The Lone Shadow
     

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