THE GLENFIELD TUNNEL
Another exciting addition to the family of publications relating to The Leicester to Swannington Railway by Paul Banbury.
Published in August 2015, it includes a number of b/w and colour photographs tracing the development of the tunnel from its conception to completion in 1832, and an OS Map from 1928 showing the route of the tunnel complete with the 13 Air Shafts.
The Story of the Most Historic Hole in the Ground complements both The Leicester and Swannington Railway in a Nutshell and the Leicester and Swannington Railway Compendium Update CD is available from the usual LIHS sources at £5.00 a copy + p&p
NEW LEICESTER CITY HERITAGE GUIDE
The City Council has produced a new guide to all the Local Heritage Assets in Leicester. This includes photographs of the heritage assets, as well as information on their history and what makes them worthy of designation. The list of heritage assets includes a wide range of properties and structures as well as historic parkland and archaeological sites. The PDF can be viewed at: www.leicester.gov.uk/locallist
Recently, the Council has served Article 4 Directions on 304 properties included on the register. These have been written to ensure that certain forms of development that could harm these Heritage Assets are now subject to requiring planning permission. The new restrictions include controls on building demolition and other smaller works, such as removal of original windows and doors, which could undermine the significance of the heritage assets. Further details are provided at: www.leicester.gov.uk/locallist
In addition, the Historic Building Grant Scheme has now been extended to include local heritage assets. http://www.leicester.gov.uk/planning-and-building/conservation/heritage-conservation
Representations relating to the new document and/or the Article 4 Directions are welcome before the public consultation closes on the 14th December 2016. There will be an annual review of the register and the related guidance document, so any suggestions for improving it will help the development of future iterations. The Article 4 Directions are made with immediate effect, but will need to be confirmed within a period of six months.
GLENFIELD RAILWAY TUNNEL TOURS
Look out for an announcement about next year's tours and book early!
The latest illustrated report on this exciting industrial archaeology project is now available here.
Previous reports can be downloaded from the Califat Page.
The Leicester & Swannington Railway - in a nutshell
by Paul Banbury
This book is intended to be complementary to our very successful Compendium Update CD. Its purpose is to explain in simple language the story of railway for those whose interest is, perhaps, less demanding of detail than is covered in the Compendium update.
LIHS BULLETIN 20
The history of S Russell and Sons
A 48 page history, suitably illustrated with colour and b&w photographs, that charts the growth of the company from its humble beginnings in the latter half of the 19th century to its slow decline towards the end of the 20th.Through a period of great political and social change, the story chronicles how one man, his sons, grandsons and great-grandsons created and sustained a business that was to become an authority on casting, and casting technology.
See Publications Page for details of pricing and ordering.
A full list of all LIHS publications, films and other products is now available from the Publications page or CLICK HERE
Glenfield Tunnel Tours 2017
These will take place on the following dates:
July 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th.
Times 10am 11.30am 2.15pm 3.30pm
Every tunnel visitor this year will receive a free souvenir copy of a ticket dated 22nd Sept 1928 for the last passenger train which left West Bridge on that date.
Tunnel Tours Success
Another two days of successful and popular tours of the Glenfield Tunnel were achieved on 1st and 2nd November 2014 thanks to David Lyne and Leicester City Council.
A short report and photos from ITV News can be seen HERE.
An excellent set of photographs by our member Bill Pemberton can be seen HERE.
We are saddened to announce the death of John Briggs, a long standing member of LIHS. John had been living in a nursing home for some time following a stroke. Happily, he lived to see the completion of his work on Tubes of Desford and the award which it received (see below).
PUBLICATION AWARD FOR LIHS
At the 44th Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA) Conference, held this year in Telford, LIHS was recognised with a Voluntary Society Publication award for its various publications produced in 2015-16.
Bulletin 21, That Fine Bunch of Boys at the Mill! by John Briggs, came in for particular praise with a Member of the Awards Committee quoted as saying: “As a comprehensive history of a business that has come and gone well within my lifetime it is outstanding. Not only does it cover the technical developments but also the business side in the context of the national economy, which so few firms’ histories do, as well as the social and human aspects”
John, as you are probably aware, has been incapacitated now for a number of years and as such, the Award was collected on his behalf by David Pearce. A truly deserved Award, and a public acknowledgement of the work put in by John in such difficult circumstances.
THE FINE BUNCH OF BOYS AT THE MILL
Steel Tube Making at Desford 1941-2006
LIHS is pleased to announce the availability of Bulletin 21, the history of steel tube making at Desford between 1941 and 2006. Entitled ‘That Fine Bunch of Boys at the Mill!’, the story of Tubes has been diligently researched and written by LIHS Member John N Briggs BSc (Eng), CNI and edited by fellow LIHS Member David Pearce. With access to a host of material following the cessation of manufacture in 2007, the history is a mixture of original text, b/w and colour photographs, oral histories, snippets from the in house newsletter ‘Eagle News’ on the day-to-day life at Desford, and points of reference for future historians. In the 100 or so pages, we see how Tubes evolved from being a WW II shadow factory making rocket casings for the war effort, to becoming a major worldwide force in the production of bearing tube - and receiving 3 Queen’s Awards to Industry on the way.
Heritage Day (EMIAC 92) at Cromford on 6th May 2017 is now FULLY BOOKED.
Following our AGM on 25th April, there will be a short presentation by Burt McNeil concerning a British United Shoe Manufacturing related project about an amazing machine the company produced that was was designed by Tom Kestall, Chief Designer, in the 1940s. The BUSM BHSS10 Goodyear Sole Stitching Machine Project is a collaborative project to memorialise this particular model of shoe-making machine as illustrating possibly the very pinnacle of evolution in the design and development of purely mechanical high-speed mechanisms. Burt will be reviewing the project, its aims and objectives.
Our Autumn 2016 Newsletter can be downloaded here (3.67 MB)
Our Spring 2016 Newsletter can be downloaded here (3.3 MB)
Our Autumn 2015 Newsletter can be downloaded here (4.44 MB)
Our Spring 2015 Newsletter can be downloaded here: (36.1 MB)
HERITAGE DAYS EMIAC 92
The next EMIAC will be hosted by North-East Derbyshire Archaeology Group. It is entitled Cromford Threads and will take place in Cromford. Full details and booking form available from the NEDIAS website.
TECHNOLOGY IN THE COUNTRY HOUSE
A new book by Professor Marilyn Palmer MBE and Dr Ian West
HELP NEEDED to save the memory of the Stephenson Lift Bridge
After the closure of Snibston Discovery Park in 2015, concern was raised as to the possible fate of the Stephenson Lift Bridge. This historically important object had stood outside the main entrance to Snibston Museum building since it opened and due to the museum closure was in danger of being broken up and lost.
Despite local protests and efforts to save the museum, the bridge was dismantled and the timbers have now been destroyed. Only the metal components remain and Leicester City Museums do not have the capacity to devote staff time to lead on the restoration. Leicestershire Industrial History Society have taken the decision to organise an audit to gather together any diagrams, drawings, photographs, technical papers etc. that relate to the Lift Bridge. The aim is to produce a set of CAD drawings, based on photographs and any other documents which still exist, which would not only be a record of the bridge, but assist with any future project to rebuild it.
Anyone who can contribute photographs or other documentation is asked to contact Stuart Warburton on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01530 833521.
A full set of LIHS Bulletins dating back to the 1970s, when the Society was founded, is now available on CD.