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Andrew and Ashwell sell Spinney Hill Working Men's Club8th June 2012

Spinney Hill Working Men's Club

A former Leicester working men’s club has been sold, with its future secured as a community venue.

Spinney Hill Working Men’s Club, in Frisby Road, which closed at the end of August 2011, went on the market with Leicester commercial property specialist Andrew and Ashwell last November, at offers of around £600,000.

A sale has now been agreed, with the new owner planning to refurbish the building as a private function and weddings venue.

A local landmark building, the club is located off the A47 Uppingham Road, on a half-acre site, a mile from Leicester city centre. It was purpose built for Spinney Hill WMC in the 1920s and over the years has been extended, providing over 16,000 ft of ground and first floor space, including a large rear concert room with a capacity of 365. A basement includes cellarage and there is on-site parking.

Spinney Hill WMC was among the movement’s first clubs in Leicester, established for local working people in 1897. In its heyday, during the 1960s, membership reached 1,600, derived from the workforce of local factories, who lived mainly in the neighbourhood.

Mike Allwood, Director at Andrew and Ashwell, said the club’s demise was due to a number of factors, including factory closure, the migration of workers to suburban housing estates and social trends, including drink-drive laws and the smoking ban, which have contributed to the decline of the WMC movement in general.

“It was sad to see the club’s closure, as it was a local landmark that had served the community for many years. But from the moment the building went on the market there was an encouraging level of interest in its continued use as a community venue." 

“I’m pleased to say that with the new ownership, its future will be secured and it will be good to see the building continue to serve the local district.” 



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