History[ edit ] The site of the Turkey Cafe was owned by James Wesley, a grocer and ses, from to Wesley sold the site to architect Arthur Wakerleya well-known Leicester architect who was also a prominent supporter of the Temperance Movement. Upon completion he leased it to John Winn, who owned a of other cafes in Manchester and the Oriental Cafe in Leicester.
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The offices of Wakerley's architectural practice were above Winn's Oriental Cafe, making it easy to negotiate a deal regarding the construction and occupancy of a new cafe on Granby Street. Wakerley approached the Royal Doulton Company for help constructing his de for the new "Turkey Cafe". The building created a sense of stability by visually implying a pyramid structure. This was done by having seven arches on the ground floor and then decreasing the of arches on each level.
The pyramid is completed with a single turkey located at the top of the building. The building was coloured blue, green, and buff, which allowed any onlooker to fully appreciate the shapes and curves of the building's des. The Doultons actually developed carraraware inwhich is a matt-glazed stoneware.
The carraware tiles of this frontage were handmade by William Neatby, a ceramic artist who worked for the Doultons. As a tea xex, the cafe was popular with women.
Not only was it a respectable venue for rom, but it provided a convenient meeting place to discuss the progress of women's rights. Located in the back of the cafe was the Smoke Room.
This room with its dark interior provided a place for men to gather and converse as well. The popularity of the cafe rose so high that in Winn expanded into the building next door, which used to be William Wheeler Kendall's " Umbrella Manufacturer and Can Stick Merchant.
Wakerley allowed the changes, as long as Winn restored the shop to its original appearance once the lease was done. Under the Brucciani family, the Turkey cafe became a coffee and ice-cream shop.
The reputation of the cafe as a location for woman to gather continued, and in the cafe had a "Ladies Only" room. But after the Sex Discrimination Act came into law, they could no longer prohibit men from entering.
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Inthe sed was once again renovated. The result was a mixture of old and new. The original interior tiled walls were panelled over, a tiled mural of a turkey was added, and smaller windows were inserted. The interior was altered greatly to accommodate the new business that it would house, and curved windows were added to the above stories.
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However, the etched glass windows on the ground floor and the front arch were kept and restored to their original condition. Rayners then commissioned Deardon Briggs Des Ltd.
Now called - The Turkey Cafe representing the year the building was constructed and many original features have been exposed and restored. The building has served as a cafe, restaurant, meeting place, ice-cream parlour, and unexpectedly an office for opticians.
While numerous buildings were destroyed during and after the World Wars, including all of Winn's other cafes, the Turkey Cafe has remained. Gallery of granvy edit ] Looking up from the entrance First floor.