Thomas Cook is Leicester’s most famous 19th century citizen, his name, if not his Leicester connections, known all over the world. The Temperance Hall and its adjoining Hotel on Granby Street represented the two main strands of his career. The Hall, for many years the city’s main venue for music and other events, has been demolished, and the Hotel, sadly mutilated and virtually unrecognisable, clings on despite repeated threats to its existence.
Neil Crutchley, Acting Joint Chairman of the Leicester Group and a historian of the city’s musical heritage, charts the significance of these two buildings which were once so central to Leicester’s cultural life.
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