Wednesday, 10 March 2010
On the corner of Lands Lane, this building is the former Church Institute built 1866-8 by Adams and Kelly. It contained a lecture hall for 800, a library of 10,000 books and the walls were painted with frescoes of the saints. Presumably all of this was cleared when the building was converted to shops (Senza?) and offices and the Gothic window displays added by Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson & Partners in 1980?
I seem to remember a cafe in the basement in the 1970s. We used to meet friends there on Saturday mornings, in the days when many more people spent the day in town.
The building was embroidered by Eileen Wilson.