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    Arrow Co Operative Shoe and boot factory, Leicester


    So this was the first stop on our Leicester roadtrip.
    I’d set off at Silly O clock from Cambridgeshire to meet Priority 7, Alex76, and James in Kettering. None of whom I’d ever met before, but I knew of their work and was keen to meet them. Right move, 3 top guys. So, I’d definitely encourage meeting new explorers from ‘the internet’ as long as you take all the common sense precautions.
    As we left Kettering it was still pitch black, and I could just see the red glow of the rear of the car in front, reflected through the rain droplets pounding the windscreen.

    Luckily as we arrived, dawn broke, and the clouds stopped leaking, and became moody.




    Doesn’t take a genius to work out what they did here, or when it was built…



    The building was granted Grade: II listed status on 15 February 1994, and a good job too.
    There is some info on the web if you’re interested enough to look for it. Using “English Heritage Building ID: 432493” and looking at these might start you off:
    http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co...erative-boot-a
    http://www.british-history.ac.uk/rep...x?compid=66568


    This was allegedly taken in 1995, but I’m not so sure…



    The site is currently slap bang in in the middle of a building site. It’s pretty well boarded, but access is still possible if you are prepared to think outside the box.















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    Well it was worth the wait mate love the shots and good fun day meeting you all... :)

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    Great pics as always UX :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by King Al View Post
    Great pics as always UX :)
    Echo that. Fabulous building. Love the twirly ironwork gates. :)
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    Good pics,thats a grand looking building.

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    Beautiful building.

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    Good to see that bit is still accessible. 1995 sounds about right for that photo, by that time of course the co-op had changed the name to shoefayre.

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    Cheers for the info (your site is fab btw!). I did see a really funky shoefayre sign, can't remember if I photographed it! Only one wing was open at time of visiting, but with all the building work it might be worth keeping an eye on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxylady View Post
    Echo that. Fabulous building. Love the twirly ironwork gates. :)
    Me too. Hope they are repurposed and not just sold for scrap.

    I could do with co-operative shoes myself. I'm breaking in a new pair of nice leather shoes, and they're crippling me.

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    Looks like you guys has a cracking day;)
    Some great pic's of the place

    SK :)

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