Hidden In Plain Sight – post 21

This little gem is hidden away in the town centre. Built in 1862, I have no idea by whom and what it’s original purpose was. Aptly named Lion House, I just love the detail in the exterior of the upper floors especially around the windows.

It’s currently home to Age Concern (Age UK) but previous businesses were an Assurance Society and then a small graphic design & publishing company.

Lion House - 4 Russell Street

Shooting Information –
Canon EOS 550D & 18-55mm kit lens
Feature Image – Exposure 1/13, Aperture f/16.0, ISO 200, Focal Length 18mm.
Secondary Image – Exposure 1/8, Aperture f/16.0, ISO 200, Focal Length 37mm.

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Hidden In Plain Sight – post 20

This beautiful branch of the Manchester & Liverpool District Bank opened in 1883, although the bank had been operating in the town from 1833, it had previously rented rooms in a variety of places around the town centre. This bank was designed by William Sugden and his son, Larner.

A notable feature is the Oriel Window with the bank’s coat of arms above it.

National Westminister Bank Plc

The interior of the Porch (or Portico) has a frieze of tiles by the noted Arts & Crafts designer William de Morgan. Also much of the original interior woodwork still survives.

It became the District Bank Ltd in 1924 before becoming a subsidiary of the National Provincial Bank Ltd in 1962. In 1970, it became part of the National Westminster Bank Ltd (also known as the Natwest).

English Heritage granted it a Grade II listing on 7 June 1972.

National Westminister Bank Plc

Shooting Information –
Canon EOS 550D & 18-55mm kit lens
Feature Image – Exposure 1/30, Aperture f/16.0, ISO 200, Focal Length 30mm.
Secondary Image – Exposure 1/40, Aperture f/16.0, ISO 200, Focal Length 25mm.
Final Image – Exposure 1/6, Aperture f/16.0, ISO 200, Focal Length 34mm.

Hidden In Plain Sight – post 19

Home & Colonial Stores was one of the earliest high street chains and was founded in 1885 in London. Between 1920 and 1930 it had over 3000 stores throughout the UK and by 1955 it was the country’s 27th largest company.

I can’t find out when they opened this branch or when the building was constructed but it closed sometime in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s. but it was brought in the early 1970’s and ran as a family owned green grocers. It’s now ran by the next generation of the same family and sells a little of everything!

I think it’s a beautiful shop building and as of yet English Heritage have yet to give it a Graded listing.

Shooting Information –
Canon EOS 550D & 18-55mm kit lens, Exposure 1/15, Aperture f/14.0, ISO 200, Focal Length 18mm.

Hidden In Plain Sight – post 18

So above the modern shop facade is this beautiful architecture..

I have no idea about the history of this building or when it was built ( although I’d hazard a guess that it’s the later half of the 19th century) but it’s been a shop for as long as I can remember.

I have a sneaky suspicion that this was the Derby Street entrance to the Angel Inn as the details and building height are so similar!

Shooting Information –
Canon EOS 550D & 18-55mm kit lens, Exposure 1/200, Aperture f/14.0, ISO 200, Focal Length 18mm.

Hidden In Plain Sight – post 17

This pretty building isn’t the original Angel Inn, which was a timber framed building, but is yet another design by the architect William Sugden. Built in 1870, it is an L-shaped structure with one entrance on the Market Place and the other on the adjecent street (no longer in use).

Looking at the 1881 census return it was ran by a young unmarried man called Charles E Platt and by accident I also found an old 1834 trade directory for the town which lists Martha Sutton as the Landlady (this would of been the timber framed Angel Inn).

I’m unable to find when it stopped trading as the Angel Inn but I do remember it as a Yates Wine Lodge.

Although no longer a public house, at least it is still in use and well cared for by its current owners, Coral Bookmakers.

The Building was  granted a Grade II listing on 14 October 1996.

Shooting Information –
Canon EOS 550D & 18-55mm kit lens, Exposure 1/160, Aperture f/14.0, ISO 200, Focal Length 18mm.

The Liebster Blog Award

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Thank you Bren at  http://ryanphotography.co.uk/ for nominating me and my little blog for The Liebster Award . I’m very humbled, a little embarrassed (as I’m such a newbie at this blog thing) and very honoured too. Rules for accepting The Liebster Award are: Thank your Liebster Award presenter on your blog and link back to the Blogger […]