Tour of the 'industrial' North Laine

Photo:The tour started outside the Museum

The tour started outside the Museum

All photos by Henry Bruce

Photo:Outside the Corn Exchange in Church Street

Outside the Corn Exchange in Church Street

Photo:There's a lot to see if you just look up

There's a lot to see if you just look up

Sunday 11th January 2009

By Tim Baker, North Laine resident

Underneath the current fabric of North Laine (now predominantly residential and retail) lies a rich history, some grand and some grisly. We all live a stone's throw from what used to be a foundry, army barracks, grand theatre, cinema, slum, brothel, slaughterhouse, candle factory, malt house, or sawmill. Indeed it is this somewhat grimy history of our area that almost became its downfall.

Following the timeline

Peter Crowhurst's tour of the 'industrial' North Laine on Sunday 11th January 2009 followed the timeline of the area as it developed outwards in a somewhat piecemeal fashion from its southern border on Church Street. We passed the site of barracks on Church Street, the power station on North Road and the school on Gardner Street. At various sites of interest Peter showed maps to chart the progress of development through the 18th and 19th centuries, while photographs of now demolished buildings were a real revelation.

We should preserve its heritage

Peter's tour increased my pride in North Laine and served to strengthen my resolve that we should work hard to preserve its heritage and character as it comes under pressure to be 'normalised' architecturally and in terms of its use. Peter's tour was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 196, January/February 2009]

This page was added on 06/02/2009.

If you're already a registered user of this site, please login using the form on the left-hand side of this page.