Sunday, 24 February 2013

Faces of Leicester

Another trip around Leicester City Centre and a few more faces that I thought I’d share. I’m afraid that they’re becoming an obsession and I intend to go on collecting them. Now that I’ve started, I see faces jumping out at me everywhere I look. Scary!

Working from left to right, top to bottom they are:

Relief panel from the City Rooms, Hotel Street, 1792-1800: a free copy of a once celebrated classical antique relief called the Borghese Dancers.

Figure holding a shield from the façade of Leicester Cathedral.

Half-figure in the entrance recess of the Victoria Coffee House (now Bistro de Paris), Granby Street. Designed by Edward Burgess in 1888.

Head of a Viking, Granby Street. 1903.

Architectural sculpture of a child’s head, Gallowtree Gate by Joseph Crossland McClure. 1907

Music, statue in a niche on the façade of the City Rooms by John Charles Felix Rossi and John Bingley. 1796

Decorative half-figure in corner of an entrance recess of a former warehouse built for Pfister and Vogel in Rutland Street. 1923.

Roundel with bust of Minerva by Samuel Barfield, Premier House, Rutland Street. 1875. Originally Tyler Brothers shoe and leather factory.


  1. Hi, Saw your blog on the A-Z list. You are fortunate to live in a place with so much history. The building facades remind me of the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway I saw once. Looking forward to your posts in April.

    1. Thanks looking in. Leicester goes back to Roman times so there's a lot of history. Sadly a lot of it has disappeared under glass and concrete but there are still things to find if you look.

  2. Thanks for the pictures and the educational tidbit. I love it.
    Hi, I'm Kathy, and am giving you the Liebster Award to jumpstart the A to Z campaign. It's nice meeting you. This is a chance to get to know others of like interests.

    1. Thanks Kathy, it's quite exciting to get noticed. I'll answer your questions in my next blog.