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Thursday Doors New Walk 4

Further down New Walk, the Holy Cross Dominican Priory is also a Roman Catholic church.

Red-brick church

Opposite the church, there is a terrace of Victorian villas. Twenty years ago, this was the site of the Night Shelter, for homeless people. A new shelter for rough sleepers, the Dawn Centre, was built next to the main railway station, and the Victorian terrace was gentrified and sold.

This end terrace house is on the market for just over half a million pounds. I like the shade of blue for the front door and below the windows.

Not far away, down New Walk there is a bar called Revolution. They probably sell lots of vodka, to get you hammered and sickle the next morning.

The Dolls House is a nursery and play school on New Walk
The Little House, for little babies

King Street joins New Walk by Welford Place. King Street was the location of several factories which have now been converted into apartments. Compare the photographs below:

And 121 years later, in 2021

Just out of shot on the left hand side of the above image is the public house, the King’s Head. It has a historical blue plaque attached to the wall. Normally, blue plaques make you aware that at some time in the past, a famous person lived in the building. But this plaque commemorates the incredible achievement of Leicester City Football Club winning the Premier League in 2016, a true case of David beating a gang of Goliaths, against all odds. Well, a few lucky punters accepted odds of 5,000 to 1 on this unlikely event.

There is some student accommodation in King Street. This window in the style of Piet Mondrian allows steam to escape from the laundry room.

Shops are opening with the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions. The name “Mrs Brown” refers to a cup of tea, used to disguise taking a tea break, as in “I just have to go and meet Mrs Brown.”

Round the back of New Walk there are some less photogenic doors. This white door isn’t even trying, it is having a lie down. Princess Road West Backways.
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Thursday Doors on New Walk 3

The Belmont Hotel is situated on New Walk where it meets De Montfort Square. The building used to be the home of Ernest Gimson, described by the art critic Nikolaus Pevsner as “the greatest of the English architect-designers” (according to Wikipedia). Through the dining room window, you can see a table set for afternoon tea. Hopefully we will be able to eat at restaurants soon.

The next few houses are neighbours, from 104 to

This door is slightly different, a modern attachment to the main house.

Across the bridge over Waterloo Way, the houses change character. I like the wrought iron work on the first floor balconies.

This house seems out of character, detached from the rest of the street, with a fine lawn.
This beautiful window is part of a residential home for older people. The New Walk Museum is on the other side of the walk.
Very Georgian, with classical design on the edge of the roof.

More New Walk Doors next week.

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Thursday Doors on New Walk 2

Further down the walkway, there are some houses which have been converted into student accommodation and university departments.

X&Y occupying a flat-fronted, white-rendered Georgian facade

The next few doors have the same portico with fancy scrolling holding up a plain lintel

CBA? My crude interpretation of this three letter acronym is “Can’t Be Ar*ed”. But I like the stone work around the door and the fancy window above.

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Thursday Doors on New Walk 1

New Walk is a Georgian promenade, set out by Leicester City Corporation in 1785 to connect Welford Place in the city centre with the racecourse (now Victoria Park) to the south. This walkway follows the Roman road, the Via Devana. Originally, it was called “Queen’s Walk” (after Queen Charlotte) but it is know referred to as “New Walk”. For over 50 years, it has been protected as a conservation area.

This is the beginning of New Walk, close to Victoria Park.

The fine houses of New Walk are now offices occupied by accountants, lawyers, dentists. My own dentist’s premises are just out of shot in the photograph above. However, 200 years ago, rather than working here, professional people had their homes here.

This is the wrought-iron gateway to the car park at the top of New Walk. The red shield displays the city’s coat of arms. There is a Covid-19 testing station at the far end of the car park.

One of the gatehouses is now the premises of the Leicester Counselling Centre.

The charity, Leicester Counselling Centre, has been providing psychological support for the people of Leicester for forty years.

Many years ago, a counsellor asked me to take charge of one of my patients as she was expressing suicidal thoughts during a counselling session. I drove to the centre and as I escorted my patient out of the door, I tripped over a grid (not present in the above picture) and fell. My patient said, “That would be a first, ME taking YOU to the Accident and Emergency Department!”

A pair of fine panelled doors with leadlights and a stone surround, with a Porsche parked outside.

The walkway has several pleasant parks and open squares along its length. The Oval is oval-shaped, popular in the past with children’s nannies. De Montfort Square is larger and has a statue of the Minister, Robert Hall, who supported efforts to improve the working conditions of hosiery workers in Leicester. One of his sermons is entitled, “On the Advantages of Knowledge to the Lower Classes“(1810).

Number 15
Could Abacus House be the premises of a firm of accountants? Excel – ent, but a shame that the door is in the red.
Some of the wooden railings of houses on New Walk have sprouted fungi. As this railing can be replaced, I suppose it is non fungible (apologies for the pun)
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Thursday Doors in the city centre

In Leicester, we have been locked down for almost a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. It has been tricky to find new doors to post each Thursday as non-essential journeys are prohibited. I am permitted to buy food at the local market, so by varying my walking route, I can capture new doors for your delectation.

This is an old coaching inn, called The Three Cranes. The windows have been boarded up, but you can still see the main entrance.
Here is a splendid old building on the corner of the street with a lovely door and lots of graffiti
The Fountain public house
This building used to be a cinema but it has not been used for that purpose for many years. How poignant is the signage – S-O-S.
This ancient building has been taken over by Age UK, a charity assisting older people in the UK.
This door has seen better days. I think that the shop doesn’t have a window to display goods and services, so the small posters stuck on the door tell the story.
Leicester has dozens of excellent curry houses
I bought a laptop from this shop in 1995. Sadly it is no longer trading.
I am finishing off with a bridge in Abbey Park. In 1530 Cardinal Wolsey died at Leicester Abbey, in ruins on the the left of the picture, but out of shot.