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15. Leicester (9) The New Walk, 'The Clicker' sculpture, Holy Cross Church and Leicester Museum

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The NEW WALK from the 'top'!

Near the top end of New Walk, the 'houses amongst the trees', nice properties for those who can afford to buy them or rent them for home or office use!

 

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St Stephen's United Reformed Church, formerly Presbyterian, and is also now the University Chaplaincy, sited at the junction of New Walk and De Montfort Street.

 

New Walk near the Belmont Hotel on the right, with its bar-cafe area in the white covered 'Victorian style' covered 'aisle or arcade'.

 

The spire of St James Church on London Road towers over the trees.

 

A peaceful little haven in a busy city - 'The Oval' alongside the New Walk.

 

The statue to Robert Hall

 

Looking east from New Walk towards London Road and Leicester Station.

 

This sculpture on New Walk, by John Atkin, celebrates the contribution of the clothing industry to the City and County of Leicester.

 

The lower end of New Walk (dated 1785), a promenade free from road traffic for over two hundred years! The iron lamp standards (lampposts!) date from the early 19th century.

The lower end of New Walk (dated 1785), a promenade free from road traffic for over two hundred years! The iron lamp standards (lampposts!) date from the early 19th century.

The lower end of New Walk (dated 1785), a promenade free from road traffic for over two hundred years! The iron lamp standards (lampposts!) date from the early 19th century.

 

 

As the blue plaque on the right reads, the museum and art gallery was started in 1849, but the building (below) was originally built in 1836-1837 as the Proprietary School.

Well up the New Walk promenade is the Leicester Museum.

 

Near the Museum, a house with some fine ironwork in the gates, railings and balcony windows!

 

A nice row of houses in De Montfort Square.

 

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NEW WALK continued, down beyond the museum

The fine looking house, No 47 The New Walk.

 

Near and just across New Walk from No 47 is the sculpture called "The Clicker". A clicker was a skilled worker who cut out the upper parts of the shoe from the leather, the elite of the shoemaking trade. The name derives from the clicking sound made by the knife on the board beneath the leather. This John Atkin sculpture celebrates the contribution of the footwear industry to the growth and prosperity of the City and County of Leicester. The sculpture presence is due to the 'Friends of New Walk' 15th May 2007.

 

The Catholic Church of the Holy Cross (for more details), New Walk.

 

The bottom end of New Walk near the City Centre.

 

Index of LEICESTER pages De Montfort Hall, Victoria Park, War Memorials, Temples & 'domestic' buildings * Castle Yard, Castle House, external architecture of St Mary de Castro Church * Interior of St Mary de Castro Church * Newarke Houses Museum & Turret Gateway * Jain Centre, Magazine Gatehouse, Castle Park-Gardens, Grand Union Canal Bridge * St Martin's Cathedral Church * Medieval Guildhall * Wygston's House, St Margaret's Church & two Victorian Gothic Revival Churches * Jewry Wall, Roman Baths, Museum & St Nicholas Church * All Saints Church , Great Central & Leicester Railway Stations, Thomas Cook statue * New Walk and Sculptures * Holy Cross Church * Museum & Art Gallery * Clock Tower, Sporting sculpture, Leicester Market, Town Hall, Highcross Shops * Area around Orton square, East St Martins & Free Grammar School * National Space Centre & Abbey Pumping Station Museum * Knighton Village * Great Central Railway * The Leicester King Richard III trail! *

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