Mountsor­rel mys­tery is solved

The 1968 sketch from Mountsor­rel by cel­e­brated lo­cal artist, Al­fred Thomas War­bis.

Loughborough Echo - - LOOKING BACK -

THE mys­tery Mountsor­rel sketches we asked you to help iden­tify, saw many read­ers con­tact Looking Back.

The sketches we have been fea­tur­ing are by cel­e­brated lo­cal artist, the late Al­fred Thomas War­bis, and taken from his reg­u­lar slot: From the Artist’s Sketchbook - Spe­cial to the Echo, which ran in the news­pa­per from the 1950s to the early 1970s.

He trav­elled all over the area with his sketch book and, in addi- tion to his draw­ings, he would add a few lines about the places he cap­tured.

There was lit­tle ev­i­dence as to where the Moun­st­sor­rel build­ing was in the orig­i­nal ar­ti­cle from Mr War­bis.

But many read­ers spot­ted straight away.

Barry Tow­ell, 78, who lived in the vil­lage un­til 1961 rang to say it was the old Cot­tage Hos­pi­tal on The Navins, near Christ Church.

Carol Sto­rier also rang in say­ing it she too thought it was a hos­pi­tal and that there should be a plaque on the build­ing ded­i­cated to a Joseph Dan­vers.

Vicky Bar­radell, 72, said she was born and bred in the vil­lage and used to walk over the hills in her youth. She thought it was an old peo­ple’s hos­pi­tal: “I re­mem­ber pass­ing the place on the way to school.”

Looking Back reg­u­lar Ellen Payne said it was a hos­pi­tal and added that although she lived in Quorn she of­ten met up with her friends from Humphrey Perkins in the vil­lage.

An­other to con­tact us was Dave Roche who said: “The build­ing is at the very top end of Watling Street fac­ing Cas­tle Hill.

I be­lieve the build­ing was orig­i­nally a hos­pi­tal for the quarry but not 100 per cent sure.”

Last, but by no means least to get in touch was Julie Grace who said: “It was orig­i­nally a school be­fore be­com­ing a house.”

THE mys­tery Mountsor­rel sketches we asked you to help iden­tify, saw many read­ers con­tact Looking Back to tell us it was the old hos­pi­tal in The Navins. Here’s what it looks like to­day.

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