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Report - Wolsey Knitwear (Sangra) Leicester

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. dweeb

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    I have admired this building for as long as I have been exploring in Leicester, and it was finally cracked by the Leicester guys this week (Nice work fellas)

    The company had more than one factory in Leicester, you may remember one of the others from my previous reports, with its distinctive chimney with "WOLSEY" spelt in glazed bricks. The chimney and a small tower is now all that remains of that site.

    Now this one too is earmarked for demolition. It is a pity, as it has a handsome facade, which has a ceramic head of Cardinal Wolsey on the front, which is a bit of a local landmark. I am very surprised it is coming down tbh.

    The inside of the works, or what you could get in was very stripped. It seems Wolsey vacated a few years ago and the works had been carved up into units. Only a few knitting machines had survived. Annoyingly, a large section of the works was not explorable because a tunnel joining two buildings was breeze blocked off:(

    The works boasts a fine brick water tower with iron tank... and having conqured most of the water towers in the city I set out to add this one to my list.

    The ladder was ridiculous. It was so un-erganomic it hurts. It was as if someone had said "put a ladder up that tower" and whoever erected it had not put an ounce of thought as to how the climber would get off the ladder and into the tank. I am a size 30" waste and I could not get through the handrails without turning to one side and balancing on one knee, not pleasant at that height!

    The water tank had at one time had a wooden top, but this was long rotted through, so I had to stand in the tank to take my photos! The struggle was worth it though for cracking views over the city.

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  2. Violet

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    Hey all!

    Wolsey is still going, but all its stock is now imported from china & turkey. it mmoved to a featureless 1970's unit in Thurmaston, fromt eh site at Abbey Meadows (where the wolsey chimney is) to there in 2004.

    i know this because i work for Wolsey, and am stood in that 1970's building using their interwebs :thumb

    from speaking to people who worked at Abbey Meadows it was falling to peices while they were still there, the roof leaked quite badly.

    still such a pretty building though :)
     
  3. Violet

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    hehehe yes we do!

    [​IMG] (i'll make sure it gets to you, i'm the despatch clerk for UK!

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  5. Violet

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    Heya!

    Not alot here, but thought Dweeb might be interested in this, its a painting i found in our storeroom, depicting the Abbey Meadows factory

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    (please excuse the Poor quality, it was taken on my phone :eek: )

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  6. dweeb

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    Whats going on with that painting violet...? WANT!!!
     
  7. Violet

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    hehehe thought you might :)

    at this very moment its sitting in the lift room doing Nothing.

    though i think it might be going into our newly redecorated 'showroom'
    (decoration for which i've described as 'looking like an abandoned school')

    every now & again i come across either old advertising or things like that :)

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