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Report - Frisby Jarvis Building / Farben Works, Leicester, 23rd June 2009

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by layz, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. layz

    layz Conquistador d'Wolverton
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    Hi Guys,

    Also from my solo tour of Leicester today was the Frisby Jarvis Building on Frog Island. This building was originally part of the Worsted Spinning Mill, which began operation in 1867. The office block extension was built in 1881. Both parts were built for William Thompson and Sons by the Leicester architects Shenton and Baker.

    Later uses of the factory included hosiery manufacture around 1914 when the more ‘modernist’ looking 4 storey building was added.
    Like most mills and factories this places was taken over by other smaller firms until its eventual closure in 2001. The site survived a fire in 2005 on the top floor of the more recent building to the west of the site; and is grade II listed.

    The site is heavily vandalised and partly demolished, a sad end to an eclectic building.

    (left) The 1881 extension, (right) The early 20th century addition:


    Top floor fire damage in the C20th addition:



    The remains of the demolished buildings:




    The 1881 building:

    Top floor:

    Wood panelling in the entrance/reception area:



    This belong to anyone?:

    Thanks Guys

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