Wednesday 9 December 2009

Advent 9: Southfields

The purchase by the Corporation from the Freemen of Leicester of the ancient South Field at the beginning of the 19th century enabled Leicester to expand southwards. This area, which stretched to the race course at Victoria Park, has always been best seen from the top of the hill where the University now stands. This photo is a montage - photographer unknown - which shows the view from the Charles Wilson building in the early 1970s. From left to right, the cooling towers have gone, the football ground has moved, the Royal Infirmary has expanded and the views to the left have been changed by new University buildings in the foreground. Click on the photo to see it at full size.