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Varnham's shoeing forge, close to the Leicester viaduct at Northgates

Varnham's shoeing forge, close to the Leicester viaduct at Northgates

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L1760. Photographed from Northgates in October 1962, this picture provides a charming and atmospheric insight into life beneath the viaduct. The building seen through the archway is Varnham's Shoeing Forge, a firm that was still shoeing horses when the picture was taken, and was almost certainly the last surviving shoeing forge in Leicester. Given the building's proximity to the viaduct, it could so nearly have been demolished when the engineers of the Last Main Line were attempting to thread their new Railway through a crowded city.
Publisher
ContributorLeicestershire County Council
Creatorattribution - Unknown
Datecreation - October 1962
TypePhotographs - black and white
Formatdimension.H - 85mm
dimension.W - 85mm
IdentifierDE 3736
SourceRecord Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
LanguageEN
Relationpart of - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland collection
CoverageLocation.Creation Site - Northgates, Leicester (O.S. Ref: 458200 304900)
Location.Current Repository - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
period - October 1962
RightsUnknown