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    Default The Corah St Margaret's Works Leicester 2011


    The company was founded by Nathaniel Corah, who first produced garments on a knitting frame on his farm. His grandson, Edwin Corah, chose this site for his factory, by the side of the canal. In fact, it was the first factory in Leicester to be built and designed for steam operation, around a central beam engine.

    In 1865 Edwin Corah laid the foundation stone of Corah's St Margaret's works. The factory was the largest in Leicester at the time, with around a thousand people employed at the site. The site's 50 horsepower steam engine powered 50 rotary machines, 47 circulars, and 77 sewing machines. The factory also used 28 hand frames for high quality products.

    St Margaret's works allowed the company to move from domestic to factory-based production. In 1855 the company had over 2,000 domestic workers and around 20 factory employees. By 1886 all of the company's employees were factory based. Improvements in technology allowed the company to maintain its output levels and cut its workforce...

    St Margaret was a shepherdess, a most appropriate emblem for a major textile manufacturer.

    St Margaret - the oldest registered trademark in Britain
    One of Corah’s former apprentices, in their Engine House, a certain Mr Curry, used his skills in welding learned at Corahs, to set up a bicycle manufacturing business in a shop near the Clock tower. This was the first shop in a business that was to become the Dixons-Currys electrical retail giant of today. Descendants of the first Mr Curry still live in the city.
    thats a little of the history out of the way, this place has eluded us for what seems like forever with little parts opening up just to give you a teaser, before they are locked down again :(
    myself and Goldie finally managed to crack the original factory here are some of my shots i took over 200!!


    main by Mattdonut, on Flickr


    arches by Mattdonut, on Flickr


    stairs by Mattdonut, on Flickr


    window by Mattdonut, on Flickr


    corah by Mattdonut, on Flickr


    walkway by Mattdonut, on Flickr


    cobwebs by Mattdonut, on Flickr


    arch2 by Mattdonut, on Flickr




    greendoor by Mattdonut, on Flickr



    some more shots on Flickr


    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattdon...7626133573031/

    i think thats enough for now :)

    Last edited by MD; 14th Mar 11 at 08:34. Reason: flickr linky

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    Was great to finally get in some more of this place. A few of my pics, not brilliant as I only had my phone!



















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    Looks like theres a lot of decent stuff left

    It's all over.

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    Nice one lads :)
    Tickle me.......


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    Quote Originally Posted by Krypton View Post
    Looks like theres a lot of decent stuff left
    Loads of keys there! ;)

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    Very interesting and in particular with the remaining items still there. Well done...
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    well done on the infiltration..

    Looks like it's been empty for a while...

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    looks fairly un-chavved! if its st margarets area no saying how much longer it'll be there though, lots of regeneration going on in that area it seems.

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    shot four... nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by 114 072 22 View Post
    well done on the infiltration..

    Looks like it's been empty for a while...
    some parts closed last year some early 90,s
    Quote Originally Posted by DJhooker View Post
    looks fairly un-chavved! if its st margarets area no saying how much longer it'll be there though, lots of regeneration going on in that area it seems.
    do you mean St Matthews?
    Quote Originally Posted by vwdirtboy View Post
    shot four... nice
    cheers

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