Thursday, 17 January 2008

Creature Feature 2


Cattle markets are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. My local is now a shivering tin hut next to a maximum security prison, when trade once went on in a brilliant building at the centre of Market Harborough's market. Full marks to the council who made Sainsbury's restore it before it became the centrepiece of their car park. It still says 'Settling Room' over one of the doors, which a dear friend of mine thought was where they calmed the animals down after their journeys in from the surrounding farms. This gate pier is still extant on one side of the now defunct Leicester Cattle Market; hinged from it is a cast iron gate with lettering saying 'Horses' fashioned into it. There's still the clock tower and another building, but they're now marooned in a sea of used car lots and a multiplex cinema. But isn't this wonderful. The severed heads of a boar like a medieval banquet table decoration and a particularly horny specimen of a ram.

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Diplomat said...

yes - we like this.

Diplomat said...

I'm particularly partial to the stone/brick contrast as extensively used in decorating the shoe factories of Northampton. One fine example would be the huge string-course sign in the Smith & Grace Screw-Boss Pulley Co Ltd factory at Thrapston. Since the demolition of the factory and subsequent erection of shoe boxes, an attempt has been made to incorporate parts of the sign in the new brickwork ! - one of the houses appears to be called "ss Pu". !!!!

Peter Ashley said...

I'm off to look at now. Well, in the morning if it's stopped raining. Actually, next week.

Ron Combo said...

BBC Radio Lestah used to have a recording studio within the market complex, in a Nissan hut affair, and I, together with Scouse Cooper, used to have a student programme on said station which we cobbled there called, with all the originality that the BBC in the 1970s could sum up, Campus. It went out on the fourth Monday evening of every month at 10.00pm and lasted for half-an-hour. It was unlistenable, even by local radio standards of the time, which is almost certainly why the BBC broadcast it at that hour, when every decent Leicester citizen would by slumped drunk in front of News at Ten. We used to do our 'interviews' on a Uher recorder that weighed about half a hundredweight, after extensive consumption of Guinness in the (I think) White Horse, in Braunstone Gate, a real dump. Dreadful times, ghastly decade.

Diplomat said...

Ghastly maybe - but very evocatively retreived.

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