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The Willis Cinderella Shoes business started 1n 1848,  and appears to have occupied this site since 1876.  In the 1960’s the business was taken over by Great Universal Stores (Gus), but the factory was closed in 1976 when Gus pulled out of shoe manufacture.

In a 1948 commercial brochure on Worcester, the business is noted as

“The Company is jealous of its reputation for the quality of its productions, being concerned only in the making of high class footwear, covering a compehensive range of Ladies’ Walking, Sports, and Hand Turned Shoes. Recreational facilities in the form of football, cricket, tennis and bowls are enjoyed in ideal surroudings. ……. The Sports Ground, which adjoins the Factory, being one of the finest in the country.”

Most of the factory has been pulled down, however the frontage and what I guess may have been offices remain,2 stories tall.

The most ineresting rooms was near the locked front door;  remains of a tiled wooden floor differentiates the room from the other, bare tiled remains, and the grand fireplace, now in pieces and tidily piled in a corner suggest this was a room of importance, maybe a room for meeting customers or senior management.

Leaving the factory, I walked across a wasteland 200m to the sports ground.  I remember winning my fist cup final here about 17 years ago, and watching a game of cricket on the same field.

A few miutesonline research highlights why the old Pavilion still stands;  I think that thegroud will need a good mow before a player like WG Grace or the Australian team will consider revisiting.  It is not possible to get inside the Pavilion, but outside there is the groundsman’s hut, full of paint and equipment needed to maintain the pitches; left like he walked out, forgetting to come back.

By the cricket pitch, almost lost in brambles, you can still see a scorers hut; it is tempting to go back with some chalk….

If you have any comments on the photos, or if you have any memories from the factory or sportground, please feel free to add them below.

Thanks for reading.



Originally uploaded by BaldyD

Abandoned Cottage, Near Clifton-On-Teme, Worcester.

Unfotunately this place has been abandoned a long time (graffiti indicates 1911?) and there were no leftovers from occupation. The cupboard seen here was empy, and the floor was hidden beneath dirt.

The photo here shows what I assume would be a stove, so perhaps this room was a kitchen/dining room. THe only other room on the ground floor was pretty narrow and had long shelves attached and no source of heat, so perhaps was just for storage. This room may have also been used for living quarters.

The rural location of the pair of houses, in the middle of a field must mean that the house was for farm workers. The building has two almost identical separate dwellings, so perhaps farm workers rather than a land owner?

Out the back was an old iron water pump. Otherwise I cannot imagine that there would be any addtional utilities.

I have just published to my flickr site a new set: 36 Photos, 1 Film, 1 Day.

The Challenge: 36 photos of Worcester scenes in 1 day, using 1 roll of film.  The idea was to get out of the house and take shots of scenes I live in and around, but perhaps don’t take the tie to stop and look at.

Flickr Set: 36 Photos, 1 Film, 1 Day

I planned the locations in advance, then shot just one frame at each.

I have spent a week developing and scanning, the only planned post production has been the removal of dust and scratches (I had trouble loading the reel for the developing tank, and there was some damage which needed repairing). The only additional digital post processing was minor curves and/or levels adjustments.

All photos were taken on a OM1, with 50mm F1.8 lens. The film was an out of date Neopan 400, although I exposed this at pushed this at ISO 1000 to allow me to leave my tripod at home and handhold.  The pictures are grainier than I am happy with, I think if I try this again I will go for a finer film, that is in date and not push processed. Maybe cut down the volume of pictures to 24 so that I have more time….

By using a fixed focal length lens I had to think hard about composition andwalk around to find the best spot to shoot from. I think at some sites (Powick Electricity) I could have really done with taking my 28mm lens (I got wet feet trying to get a composition) or a longer lens (Southern Bypass, to bring out the Cathedral).

I would be interested in peoples opinion on this set, both as a concept and my actual results. I’d also be keen to hear what scenes people would keep in, add or remove from the set?

To accompany my set of 36, I have also created a gallery showing a similar 36 photos taken from the wider flickr community.  This is split into two galleries:  Gallery 1 and Gallery 2

Thanks for looking

The Elgar Statue, Cathedral Roundabout, Worcester