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