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Report - CWS Wheatsheaf Boot and Shoe Works, Leicester, Jan 15

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. dweeb

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    Well it's taken years for me to finally get myself over the threshold of this place, but better late than never eh!? Another part of the once vast empire of the CO-OP, we've seen everything from flour mills to dance halls. This little beauty was worth the wait

    The Wheatsheaf works has always been one of Leicester's better looking buildings, with it's handsome clock tower, original railings and ornate glazed brick sign. The inside is very original, and well preserved, a testament to the building's security, who kept it very tight for years.

    It seems the building's interior remained unchanged other than a bit of cladding and a suspended ceiling in the offices. Now conversion has started this 80's covering is being removed, revealing colour schemes which could be as old as pre war. This gives you a real idea what the place would have looked like in it's hey-day.

    By far the most beautiful architectural feature is the glazing which separates the offices from the shop floor, a real example of craftsmanship which in an age of ghastly UPVC is all but dead. The first floor shop is enormous, there must have been some serious quantities of shoes made here!!

    The ladder to the tower was missing, but we had a scout around and one soon turned up. The clock tower has been fitted with a new electric movement, but the original cast iron clock movement is still in place, in it's original pigeon crap covered wooden box. A really sympathetic (or cheap?) conversion!

    Apologies to the residents of the surrounding streets for ringing the bell a little shy of 1pm!!

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    The guts of the clock movement, removed to make way for the new movement
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    The vast first floor, some real nice wood and iron work in here
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    The work's second and third towers each house huge water tanks
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    A small store room under a staircase had the promise of some epic, in the end all I came up with was a fruit sundee label and some shoe measures
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    not sure if they were still there but tacked to the wooden ceiling in the basement there were
    old CWS shoe boxes stopping stuff falling through holes in the floor from above
     
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    Yeah I think I remember that from Goldie's report. You find much in there? I know you guys were in pre conversion?
     
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    That's a pretty nice sign!!
     
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    Glad someone managed to find a ladder!
     
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    Another report full of win...
     
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    Glad you finally made it in here and well done for the clock.

    £8,000 was what I was told, and it keeps stopping!
     
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    The upstairs looks much better with all the modern shite ripped out! If I remember correctly the co-op had a similar electric movement fitted to the clock, but that couldn't have been running for very long before it bust. As has been said, the current one has gone wrong loads of times since it was installed a few years ago!
     
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