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    Default Lotus Shoe Factory, Banbridge, N. Ireland(UK)


    In 1947, Down Shoes Ltd was opened to manufacture less expensive shoes for the Lotus Group. At itís height, it became one of the largest employers in the area, employing 600 workers. Footwear was made with the brand names of Lotus, Marks and Spencer, Fii, and Frank Wright, although locally it was referred to as Ďthe boot factoryí.

    The listed art deco building, initially built as an advance factory for the Northern Ireland Ministry of Commerce, has remained redundant and unoccupied since the factory closed itís doors in 2002, when it became impossible to remain competitive.

    In November 2008, planning permission was granted to convert the Lotus factory into approximately 160 houses and apartments.

    It is envisaged that bringing the listed building back into use will provide an important focal point on the main gateway to Banbridge from Newry.

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    Good stuff V, like the clock in the second to last pic
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    Agree with Al,the clock is my fave shot.

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    Thanks Guys
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    The pic with the graff 'zen' made me chuckle, as just before I noticed that I was thinking how the light and broken screen reminded me of a bamboo Japanese house. Hee.
    I liked the clock pic too.
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    Love art deco buildings...

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    I'm a bit disappointed tbh.

    When I saw lotus shoes, in my mind I saw them making Heelys with gurt big motors strapped to the sides

    Nice report though, cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxylady View Post
    The pic with the graff 'zen' made me chuckle, as just before I noticed that I was thinking how the light and broken screen reminded me of a bamboo Japanese house. Hee.
    I liked the clock pic too.
    Nice to see you again, V. Long time, no Vee!
    haha Thanks Foxy!
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