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Wheatsheaf Works, the Co Operative Boot and Shoe Factory and Attached Railings

A Grade II Listed Building in Castle, City of Leicester

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.6118 / 52°36'42"N

Longitude: -1.1258 / 1°7'33"W

OS Eastings: 459287

OS Northings: 301919

OS Grid: SK592019

Mapcode National: GBR FJT.DM

Mapcode Global: WHDJJ.PM22

Entry Name: Wheatsheaf Works, the Co Operative Boot and Shoe Factory and Attached Railings

Listing Date: 15 February 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1250214

English Heritage Legacy ID: 432493

Location: Leicester, LE2

County: City of Leicester

Unitary Authority Ward: Castle

Traditional County: Leicestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire

Church of England Parish: Emmaus Team

Church of England Diocese: Leicester

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Listing Text

The following building shall be added to the list;

LEICESTER KNIGHTON FIELDS ROAD
SK 50 SE
(north side)
17/10032 Wheatsheaf Works,
the Co-op Boot and Shoe
Factory and attached railings
II
Boot and Shoe Factory. 1891, extended c1900. Built for the Co-operative Wholesale
Society. Red brick with red brick dressings and slate roofs. Quadrangular plan with a later
wing to the north-west. Neo-Jacobean style. West front is divided into 9 bays with 29
windows arranged 3:4:3:3:3:3:3:3:4. The bays are divided by pairs of giant brick pilasters and
topped by a bold dentilated cornice and plain parapet. Each of the outer 4 window bays has
4 tall cross casements on the ground floor, and 4 smaller, similar windows above, topped
with ornate brick gables with divided pediments, ball finials and 2 circular windows. Each of
the 3 window inner bays has 2 large round headed windows, with moulded arches and
imposts on the ground floor and above 3 cross casements with linked cills. The fourth of
these bays contains the main entrance with large double panel doors and a moulded ashlar
surround with pairs of decorative pilasters and a pediment. To the north the tower bay has
similar fenestration to the inner bays with above a clock tower defined by pairs of giant
pilasters, each face has 3 round headed windows and above a large clock in a moulded
surround with 8 keystones. Above a brick entablature, a deep parapet and a rectangular
pyramidal roof. The later wing to the north 8 bays, 26 windows arranged 4:3:3:3:3:3:3:4,
with similar fenestration as the main facade. The south front 13 bays, 41 windows arranged
4:3:3:3:3:3:3:3:3:3:3:3:4. The fenestration is the same as the west front with a basement,
though the central bay has 3 tall cross casements on the ground floor and 3 smaller, similar
windows above, and it is topped with a brick gable. The east front 8 bays, 26 windows
arranged 4:3:3:3:3:3:3:4, with fenestration identical to the west front, plus a basement and no
tower. The north front 32 bays, 32 windows arranged 4:3:3:3:3:3:3:3:3:4, with fenestration
very similar to the other facades, though the outer 3 window bays project as service towers.
Attached to the west front is a low wall with ornate iron railings and 4 sets of ornate iron
gates with square brick piers and moulded caps. This building was the largest footwear
factory in the world when it was completed.

Listing NGR: SK5928701919

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