Life Thursday Doors

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.

By Dr Alfred Prunesquallor

Maverick doctor with 40 years experience, I reduced my NHS commitment in 2013. I am now enjoying being free lance, working where I am needed overseas. Now I am working in the UK helping with the current coronavirus pandemic.

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