Are You A Fan Of Leicester’s Brutalist Architecture? Here Are Five Examples To Help You Decide.

Jewry Wall Museum.

Where do I start with this one? Who in the right mind would decide to design a museum showcasing the remains of a 2,000+-year-old Roman bath built out of grey bricks and poured concrete?

The building, which houses an ever-growing collection of Roman artefacts and mosaics, was built in 1962. It is now grade 2 listed. The museum has been close to closing many times over the years due to budget cuts from the city council but is currently getting a full restoration, ready to open in the near future.

The museum is only going to grow in the future due to new rules for developers to carry full archaeological works while redeveloping sites across the city.

Do you think the Brutilistic building suits this Roman site?

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By Isaac Hartshorn

Isaac Hartshorn is fascinated by the city's long and varied history. He also hates to discuss himself in the third person but can be persuaded to do so from time to time.


  1. We are John Middleton’s sons. I think our dad was particularly interested in providing social housing which is why he mainly worked with housing associations, in particular de Montfort, although he did use the proceeds from Elizabeth House to build a swimming pool in the back garden. There are a few of his other housing schemes around Leicestershire, e.g. Bennion Rd, Anstey, Enderby. We have the original plan in one of our crumbling sheds.

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