Wednesday, 10 April 2013

In & Out

A to Z Challenge – travels round Leicester with my camera No 9.

I used to be a typographer (still am at heart) so when I decided to do the A-Z Challenge, I thought it would be a nice idea to photograph some found lettering and create a banner for each post. I haven’t gone out actively searching for letters but if I spot something interesting I take a quick shot.

When I saw these, I couldn’t resist. Later when I sat down at my computer I realised they didn’t fit the banner layout but they’re so nice I thought I’d give them star billing. They’re on the front of the newly renovated railway station.

The station was built for the Midland Railway Company to replace an earlier one in near-by Campbell Street. It was opened in 1892 and completed in 1895 and although the rest of the station has been greatly altered the ‘Porte Cochere’ on the front has survived largely unchanged.

It was designed by the architect Charles Trubshaw and the ornamental gates were designed by Thomas Elgood who together with his two brothers ran an art metal company in the city.

All the architectural detail was designed to reflect the importance of the Midland Railway Company and its MR initials appear many times on the building resulting in more loverly lettering.


  1. Have been reading your posts for the A-Z Challenge with great interest as your photographs are just the type of thing I like to capture myself and the details you have supplied to accompany them have been great. Have only been to Leicester on a couple of brief visits and so far you have not shown anything I have photographed but a great deal that I missed. Particularly like the tiling detail in this post (and elsewhere) as decorative tiling and lettering are one of my themes, too. Look forward to seeing more of the posts as the month progresses.

    1. Thanks for your interest. These things have a way of drawing you in.

  2. 'In and Out' has so many different meanings, too. Clever use of letter I!