I love the little intricate details of this property.
Built in the late 18th century as a residential property, the longest staying residents were a family named Phillips from 1861 to about 1911. They ran a draper’s business here but the last Phillips in residence here was a Professional Photographer!
After 1912 it was owned by the Leek Embroidery Society who had the extraordinary large skylight window fitted into the roof to let in more light for their work. I’m unable to find when the Embroidery Society left the building, and if anyone used the building before it became Moreton’s Domestics or when Moreton’s took on the property.
It was Moreton’s Domestics (electrical goods retailer) for as long as I can remember but now the property has been vacant for a very long time after Moreton’s closed down and the neglect is really starting to show!
Luckily it has been purchased recently and the new owners want to do a sympathetic restoration of the building but are waiting for planning permission from the local council (at the time of writing this blog entry) before any work can start. I wish the new owners all the best and after reading their planning application I know this little building will look stunning again!
It was granted a Grade II listing on 7 June 1972 by English Heritage.
Shooting Information –
Canon EOS 550D & 18-55mm kit lens
Feature Image – Exposure 1/30, Aperture f/11.0, ISO 200, Focal Length 18mm.
Secondary Image -Exposure 1/13, Aperture f/11.0, ISO 200, Focal Length 40mm.