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Rothley Parish Council

Serving the people of Rothley

Clerk: Gail Newcombe
Parish Office, Mountsorrel
Lane, Rothley, Leicester
LE7 7PR

Tel: 0116 237 4544

Old Rothley Photographs Album 6 Barrie Pook Collection

Barrie Pook has a wonderful collection of old postcards of great interest to the village. Reproduced here with the kind permission of Barrie Pook.

Further information to be added but, in the meantime, these could get you guessing!

Nott Bridge features a lot on old postcards and like so many hump-back bridges it was replaced to ease the traffic and when Rothley Brook was not needed as a navigable waterway. On the photographs looking to the Loughborough Road you can see the track used to ford the brook.

Nott Bridge, Hallfields Lane, Rothley.

Nott Bridge, Hallfields Lane, looking to Town Green St.

Nott Bridge, Hallfields Lane looking to Loughborough Road

Nott Bridge, Hallfields Lane, looking to Loughborough Road

Nott Bridge, Hallfields Lane, looking to Loughborough Road

Nott Bridge, Hallfields Lane, looking to Loughborough Road.

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Nott Bridge, Hallfields Lane, looking to Loughborough Road.

Howe Lane, Rothley. This lane runs between Woodgate and Town Green Street

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Cross Green on the left and Woodgate on the right.

Church Street on the left, Fowke Street upper right and Rothley Park with the cricket pavilion lower right.

Reverse of the above postcard showing that it was printed for the local newsagent, Thompson's of Woodgate

Woodgate looking to Cross Green

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Woodgate looking to Cross Green

Westfield Lane looking to Rothley Station

Westfield Lane looking to Rothley Station

The Charnwood Room, Swithland Lane, Rothley

Reverse of the above showing it as Charnwood, Rothley, Leicester. Kindergarten Room

It took some time to find out where the Charnwood Room was in a kindergarten but I remember being told that there was a kindergarten on the Swithland Lane opposite Railway Cottages. Looking at the design of the windows from the internal view, especially the porthole, we rang the bell of Charnwood House, Swithland Lane and there was our room almost identical in 2011. With thanks to the owners for satisfying our curiosity.

Anthony Street

The area around Cross Green features many times on Rothley postcards and shows how much the thatched cottages have been demolished. The War Memorial was erected in 1921 and the trees planted around 1904.

Cross Green 1947

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Cross Green early 1900's. All the thatched cottages have been demolished.

Cross Green early 1900's. The large building on the right is now the Royal Oak.

Cross Green 1925. The thatched cottages are still there, later demolished.

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Cross Green early 1900's

Rothley Carnival, Cross Green, 1917

Cross Green without its thatched cottages

Anthony Street looking to Cross Green

Anthony Street looking to Cross Green

Town Green

Town Green. The beech tree was planted for the Coronation in 1953

Town Green Street, known as Uptown, looking to Wellsic Lane

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Town Green Street looking to North Street/Hallfields Lane

North Street looking to Hallfields Lane

The scene above shows North Street around 1913 and the lady looking out at the photographer is Fanny Emerson (nee Bunney) with her daughter Fanny Jane, known as Ginny. They are watching from their shop which was a General Store, now two houses.
The man on the right of the group in the road is Jack Emerson, husband to Fanny, who was a Cobbler.
With thanks to Bob Lovett for the above information, he is the son of Fanny Jane the little girl shown above.

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North Street

Woodgate looking to the village centre with Wellsic Lane running to the right.

Woodgate and Wellsic Lane as above with the card dated 1905

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Mountsorrel Lane. This view is opposite Rothley Library (2010). The end house was called Forest View and demolished.

Reverse of the above postcard dated 1908

Mountsorrel Lane close to Cross Green. Ranters Row, as the terrace was known, to the right. The Primitive Methodist Chapel on the left at the back is now a private house (2010)

Rood House, Town Green Street, corner of Howe Lane

Reverse of the above postcard dated 1909

Rothley Station, the Great Central Line, in Edwardian times

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Fowke Street looking towards The Grange

Fowke Street looking to Cross Green

Fowke Street looking to Cross Green in the early 1900's

Fowke Street looking to The Grange

Fowke Street with The Grange

Fowke Street and The Grange

The Grange, Fowke Street

The Grange from its garden

The Old School in School Street, now the Old School Rooms.

The White House, Church Street 1927

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The White House, Church Street 1906

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Church Street looking to the church

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Rothley Parish Church

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Rothley Parish Church

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Rothley Parish Church

Rothley Parish Church

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Rothley Parish Church

Rothley Parish Church from Church Street

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Rothley Parish Church in the centre. From top left: Woodgate shops from Woodgate, Hallfields Lane, Woodgate shops from Cross Green and Town Green

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Rothley Temple (now Rothley Court Hotel)from the rear side

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Gatehouse at the entrance to the Rothley Temple

Westfield Lane with gatehouse to the Rothley Temple. Note the cattle grazing on the verges.

Rear view of Rothley Temple taken from the bank of the Rothley Brook

Rear side view of Rothley Temple 1906

Rear view of Rothley Temple taken from the bank of the Rothley Brook 1905

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Front of Rothley Temple with the Chapel of the Knights Templar

Rear view of Rothley Temple

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971 Loughborough Road, Rothley 1905

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Swithland Lane, Rothley looking to Kinchley Lane

On the ice 1917 Union Lane (Linkfield Road)

(Note: 1917 was a cold, prolonged winter especially in Central England. A temperature of 36F below freezing was recorded on the 6th February in one county. This was a time for skating on the thick ice on rivers and lakes so this postcard would have been produced to record that bitterly cold winter)

Reverse of the above postcard

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