Waiting in the Aisle

Shooting Information:
Canon EOS 60D and Tamron SP AF 10-24mm (Tripod & Shutter remote release)
Shutter 0.6 sec, Aperture f/8.0, ISO 100, Focal length 10mm


Hidden in Plain Sight – Post 36

Originally built as a house in the early 17th century and the attic was extended in the late 19th century (Gambrel Roof). The exposed gable wall clearly shows the line of the original roof structure.

It was converted into a shop and the current shop fascia on the ground floor dates from the early 20th century.

I remember it being a craft shop and tea room from when I was a small child and it remained that way until several years ago when it was sold. It still has the tea room, although extended to the whole of the ground floor while the upper floors have been remodelled and opened as a B&B.

It claims to be the oldest tea room in the town.

It was granted a Grade II listing on 7th June 1972.

Shooting Information:
Canon EOS 550D & 18-55mm Kit Lens
Exposure 1/25, Aperture f/10.0, ISO 100, Focal Length 18mm

Hidden In Plain Sight – post 26

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.

19-21 St Edwards Street

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.

Hidden In Plain Sight – post 25

Home to a carpet specialist and seems to have been purpose built as a business premises with domestic accommodation above.

Although interestingly on this site stood The Globe Inn which was demolished in 1902 to make way for the newly constructed High Street which was completed in 1904.

I like this building because of the little turret that sits on the corner of the upper floors, but I do wonder about when the building was constructed because when closely examined it seems to have a lot of 1930’s features on the upper floors yet the shop seems to be of Victorian taste, maybe it has had a major face lift or the upper floors were added at a later date. If and when I find out more I will add an update.

Shooting Information –
Canon EOS 550D & 18-55mm kit lens, Exposure 1/50, Aperture f/11.0, ISO 200, Focal Length 20mm.

Hidden In Plain Sight – post 24

Currently home to the Voluntary Services, Citizen Advice Bureau and a community centre from late 1979, this grand little Venetian styled building was built in 1885, designed by W. Owen of Warrington for Parr’s Bank.

Parr’s Bank was a private bank established in Warrington in 1788 as Parr & Co. In 1923 it changed its name to the Westminster Bank Ltd. This branch closed after the formation of the National Westminster Bank Ltd in 1970 but its name “Bank House” stands as a reminder to its history.

English Heritage gave a Grade II listing on 14 October 1996.

Shooting Information –
Canon EOS 550D & 18-55mm kit lens, Exposure 1/30, Aperture f/11.0, ISO 200, Focal Length 18mm.

Hidden In Plain Sight – post 23

This little house built in the late 18th century always makes me think of Dickensian London. Although it’s no longer a residential property as it has been extended into by the shop next door.

I think it’s lovely that owners try to maintain the facade of it being a house.

It has an English Heritage Grade II listing which was granted on 7 June 1972.

Shooting Information –
Canon EOS 550D & 18-55mm kit lens, Exposure 1/8, Aperture f/11.0, ISO 200, Focal Length 18mm.

Hidden In Plain Sight – post 22

This striking Georgian building was constructed in 1760 to house offices, together with domestic accommodation and later it was extended at the rear to include a courtyard.

The building seems to have always been used by Solicitor firms and it apparently still retains its original floor plan and staircases. It has an old court room in the rear wing, which was last used as a magistrates court in the 1950’s, and still has the bench and dock!

In the Kelly’s 1900 Trade Directory this property was listed as the “Leek Association for the Prosecution of Felons” and also”Challinor & Shaw Solicitors”.

On the 13 April 1951 it was given a Grade II listing by English Heritage.

Shooting Information –
Canon EOS 550D & 18-55mm kit lens, Exposure 1/15, Aperture f/16.0, ISO 200, Focal Length 18mm.