Back to the old Corah factory in Leicester, which has been an integral part of the city’s landscape for more than 150 years, but perhaps not for much longer. The foundations of the site were laid in 1865.
At one time the factory was Leicester’s largest hosiery business and became an international success story. The St Margarets Works closed in 1990 and ended the history of one of Leicester’s most famous businesses.
Unfortunately, over the years the now partially abandoned site has been the victim of vandalism and arson. Despite this, the site remains a famous part of the city’s history.
READ MORE: Plan to demolish historic Corah factory in Leicester city center and build 1,187 homes on the site
But new plans to create 1,187 apartments in the space have been filed with planning officials and would include the demolition of the remaining Corah buildings. Heritage group, Leicester Civic Society, described the proposals as ‘probably the biggest mass demolition seen in Leicester since the sixties and seventies’.
The developers claim that the derelict state of some of the buildings means they are beyond salvage. In this gallery, we look back at key moments in Corah’s story and remember what she once was.
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