Representations of Industry

A faded sign for Arch Preserver Shoes by P. Bainbridge Ltd. This can be seen on Britannia Street

A faded sign for Arch Preserver Shoes by P. Bainbridge Ltd. This can be seen on Britannia Street

While there are plenty of buildings across the city that remind us of Leicester’s industrial past there are other things that remind us as well.

A painted sign for British Steam Specialities Ltd. on the side of an old factory building near Lee Circle

A painted sign for British Steam Specialities Ltd. on the side of an old factory building near Lee Circle

Ghost Signs

Painted advertisements on walls give us a glimpse of businesses and products of the past, some local and some national. A collection of examples from Leicester and Leicestershire can be found on the My Leicestershire History website under ‘Ghost Signs of Leicestershire’:

Click here to see more ghost signs.

The Leicester Seamstress outside the City Rooms on Hotel Street, by James Walter Butler RA. Unveiled on 29th June 1990

The Leicester Seamstress outside the City Rooms on Hotel Street, by James Walter Butler RA. Unveiled on 29th June 1990

Public Art

There are also works of art that have been inspired by, or are linked to, the industrial past. This is a list of public artworks and statues in Leicester:

  • Cardinal Wolsey
  • John Biggs
  • St Margaret
  • The Clicker
  • The Leicester Seamstress
  • The Liberty Statue
  • Thomas Cook
A detail of 'Change Over Time' by Heather Parnell, 2009. Sanvey Gate, Leicester

A detail of 'Change Over Time' by Heather Parnell, 2009. Sanvey Gate, Leicester

Other industry related art

‘Change Over Time’ by Heather Parnell, 2009. Sanvey Gate, Leicester. Three landmark features based on Leicester’s industries of knitting, shoe making and typewriters. Commissioned by Leicester City Council.

The decorative door of The Hawthorn Building, DeMontfort University Leicester

The decorative door of The Hawthorn Building, DeMontfort University Leicester

Hawthorn Building, De Montfort University. Entrance doors on the Newarke. Four relief panels by Percy Brown showing art and design tools and equipment.

Mercury (left) and Minerva above the front door to Premier House, Rutland Street

Mercury (left) and Minerva above the front door to Premier House, Rutland Street

Minerva and Mercury, roundels with busts by Samuel Barfield (Minerva and Mercury are the protectors of the crafts and commerce). On Premier House, Rutland Street.

The Clicker by John Atkin stands outside offices at 20 New Walk, it was unveiled on 15th May 2007

The Clicker by John Atkin stands outside offices at 20 New Walk, it was unveiled on 15th May 2007

Click here to find out more about art on New Walk.

Click here to find out more about art in the Cultural Quarter.

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