[Abbreviations: AAS - Associated Architectural Societies reports. HUDC - Hinckley Urban District Council. LRO - Leicestershire Record Office. NMR - National Monuments Record (Swindon). NRO - Northamptonshire Record Office. RCHM - Royal Commission on Historical Monuments for England. TLAS - Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological Society. VCH - Victoria County History]

EDWARDS CENTRE 1961-2 Regent Street, extending from the Market Place to George Street (bottom, left and right), consisting of a parade of retail premises with offices above. It occupied the site on which John J. Edwards' Garage stood, at the corner of Regent Street and Horsefair (below). (A photo of the garage just before demolition was published in the Hinckley Times, 23 June 1961, 16.) This business in turn replaced Fulleylove's Coachworks, at which the first ever Hansom Cab was manufactured about 1834, before Joseph Hansom acquired his patent for the vehicle. The Edwards Centre also occupies the former site of the theatre front of ST GEORGE'S HALL.


Above, left: Edwards Centre, mid-1960's. Above, right: After extension, about 1970.



ELM LEA/ELM LODGE Ashby Road. Imposing pre-1885 residence with Arts & Crafts elements, near the Ashby Road/Middlefield Lane junction. Built for Alfred Ernest Hawley, founder of A. E. Hawley & Company, later Sketchley's Dyeworks. There is a photographic view of the house in the Illustrated Guide to Hinckley (1911).

Above: OS Map 1889 showing original extent of gardens.


Above, left and right: Elm Lea Hotel, 2001

The ESSOLDO 1970 - see The DANILO


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