11 Leeming Street — Boots building

The elaborate old Boots building which became Dickie Dirts

Brief History

11 Leeming Street was built in 1901 and designed by Albert Nelson Bromley, a Nottingham-based architect who designed many Boots and other buildings around Nottinghamshire.

It later became a discount clothing shop named Dickie Dirts, which was opened by the heavyweight boxing champion Henry Cooper in 1980.

BUILDING TIMELINE
Built in 1901: Boots
Aug 1968-Sept 1974: Boots
Sept 1976: VCR Mendoza and Co
Oct 1978-1980: Courts (shown on map as 11 + 13/15 Leeming St)
Nov 1981: Courts furniture and carpets (11-15 Leeming St)
Nov 1982-1983: Dickie Dirts clothing
Jan 1985-April 2002: Superscoops discount store, cards and gifts
May 2003: Special Days cards and gifts
May 2004-2018: vacant

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Condition

The old Boots building is Grade II listed with an ornate façade, which features roundels with the letter B.

The building contains ashlar upper floors with timber. Some stained glass remains in the window spandrels.

The Dickie Dirts shop fascia is historic in its own right, but it is badly damaged and no longer used. The upper floors are also in poor condition.

Suggested Works

Explore the evidence for the original shopfront to be reinstated and carry out repairs to the upper floor and windows.

Current Tenant/Owner

Vacant tenancy.

 

11 Leeming Street, Mansfield, UK

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