Links and Further Reading

The ornate archway on the Equity Shoes building (1895)

The ornate archway on the Equity Shoes building (1895) on Western Road which has now been converted into flats

Local trade directories are useful for finding the names and addresses of old businesses and Leicester is well covered by directories such as Kelly’s or Wright’s.

There have been many books and web pages written about the decline of industry over the years and here is a small selection of useful places to start:

The cover of a fashion brochure produced by Fenwicks in 1968

The cover of a fashion brochure produced by Fenwicks in 1968

History

Click here to see how industry has declined nationally over the last 170 years.

Click here to view the history of the clothing, footwear and engineering sectors in Leicester up to the 1950s at British History Online.

Click here to visit the Manufacturing Pasts website which looks at the decline of industry in Leicester.

Books

For an overview of industry in Leicester in the 20th century have a look at the book:

‘Leicester in the Twentieth Century’ by Nash & Reeder (1993)'

A book about the second half of the 20th Century:

‘Postwar Leicester’ by Ben Beazley (2006)'

The Current Situation

Click here to view a summary of Leicester’s current economy on Wikipedia.

Click here to view a summary of Leicestershire’s economy on Wikipedia.

Click here for the Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership website. This has in-depth information about every aspect of the economy in the city and county.

Click here to visit a website 'Meeting The Presser' an interactive film site about the history of framework knitting in the Midlands. Up to date browser needed to view 

Lists of resources

Below you can download a variety of PDFs that include lists of resources all relating to industry in Leicester. You can use them to view links to online databases, book titles and the locations of local records as well as other valuable resources.

 

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