Keep the wolf from the door - to avert poverty or starvation.
I have no idea who put this here but the business is now closed and the buildings derelict. Below is an article by artiepie on the site www.derelictplaces.co.uk which gives an idea of how busy the place once was.--
Thomas Goode Messenger is recorded as having a plumber's, glazier's and glassfitter's business in High Street, Loughborough, as early as 1855. In 1858 he formed his own company of Messenger and Co. and by 1863 is listed as a plumber and hydraulic engineer. By 1877 the firm is described as 'horticultural builders and hot water apparatus manufacturers'.
The firm was acquired in 1874 by Walter Chapman Burder (Walter C. Burder is noted as living at Field House on Ashby Road in 1891.) and it opened it's Cumberland Road site (off Ashby Road) in 1884. A foundry was then built and further extensions in 1895 led to the complete closure of the High Street Branch.
The firm was famous, particularly in the Victorian and Edwardian period, for making greenhouses, verandahs, summer houses, cucumber frames, melon pits, mushroom beds, orchid stages, vineries and peach-houses. As the demand for these products declined from the 1930s, the company began to concentrate more on the manufacture of heating equipment and became an engineering firm. It was also known by the name Midland Horticultural Company.
I have found a photo from the first world war period, showing munitions workers on the site. Messenger & Co Ltd closed on 11th March 1980.
Historically, the area bordering the Cumberland Road has been referred to as ‘Messenger’s Village’, containing the homes of both the workers and owners of the firm. It is now a conservation area. The Messenger site is now sub-divided into smaller units and houses a variety of smaller trades, including car repairs and a gate maker. The present owner does not seem interested in maintaining the fabric of the buildings and they are becoming quite dilapidated in places. Some of the units have been fire damaged and remain in a derelict state. Loughborough Echo has a video of one such fire.
A catalogue which I have aquired, dating from 1926 shows the full range of Messenger's products and has a very impressive client list, including orders from royalty, nobility and abroad.
Nearby was the Charnwood Railway, whose goods shed still exists along Station Avenue, which was a minor branch line to the coalfields of Coalville and closed in 1965. You can still see railway lines embedded in the tarmac under the canopy on the former Messenger's site, which is now called the Cumberland Road Trading Estate. presumably this allowed Messengers to get deliveries straight from the railway.
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KristinsCamera (1931) 2013-09-05 5:49
nice eye, marion ~
i like the composition and colours in this one!
the contrasting colors and combination of diverse patterns, with that slightly maniacal, grinning blue face in the middle, makes this an interesting and rewarding photograph to look at.
and your note was also intriguing ~ perhaps i should get one of these blue faces for my own house ;)
pyffepa (623) 2013-09-05 13:07
I appreciate so much such intriguing subjects.
Thanks for sharing.
Glint (5927) 2013-09-10 13:32
this is an interesting composition of colour and texture. I like the juxtaposition of blue and terracotta -always an attractive combo.