Burt’s excellent letter to the Mercury was kindly published by the paper. Here is what he says: –

Dear Sir/Madam –

Yet again Leicester is on the verge of losing a significant historical connection to its recent past. The city’s last slum house at 1 Garden Street, has been allowed to deteriorate to a near derelict condition by the present owner, and he now wants to demolish it and replace it with a block of flats. Only last month the nation was disgusted by the appalling and unnecessary demolition of the Crooked House pub in Dudley.

These buildings need to be restored and brought back into use. But it isn’t just about preserving an old building, it is what people can learn from history, our Leicester history, and the challenges people here had to face less than 100 years ago. It is the last example of a Leicester slum house – surely that is inspiration enough!

Garden Street can be saved. But someone needs to come forward and lead this project. It will involve working with numerous partners including the city council, the building owner, and major heritage funding organisations (who it could be argued have not overly invested in Leicester in the past). Above all, it will require determination, vision, and imagination.

At Leicester Civic Society we will do all we can to help make such a vision possible. 

To learn more about the history of Garden Street, please read the article on our website; https://leicestercivicsociety.org.uk/1-garden-street-leicesters-last-one-up-one-down-house/

Best wishes –

Burt McNeill

Chair, Leicester Civic Society

chair@leicestercivicsociety.org.uk

Garden Street Update – Burt’s letter to the Mercury