LACE TOWNS FRANCE

During the nineteenth century the machine-made lace industry developed, in particular in the midlands of England and the northeast of France. The machines were initially set up in houses and small buildings in villages and towns around Nottingham and Leicester in England and Calais and Lille in France. Later they were established in greater numbers in purpose-built factories.

The postcards are provided to us by the generosity of Gillian Kelly.

If you have an appropriate image of a building, village or town where your lacemaking ancestors lived or worked, please contact us.

CALAIS

Old Calais - These views of Calais and St Pierre-les-Calais were made around 1900.

The Old Town - Courgain Maritime

Quai de la Colonne looking south towards the lighthouse

The Old Town

Looking north from Tour du Guet over Place d'Armes towards the boat harbour, Fort Risban and the English Channel.

The Courgain Maritime is far right.

Tour du Guet is a 16th century watch tower.

The Old Town

Looking north towards the original casino located on the beach dunes

Place d' Armes

The old town looking north east towards the lighthouse built 1848

The Old Town

Looking northwest from Notre Dame over Place d'Armes (centre) towards the original casino located on the beach dunes

Tour du Guet is on the left of the view.

The Old Town

Rue de la Citadelle now named rue d'Andre Gershel looking east towards Place d'Armes. Tour du Guet is at the rear with the now demolished Hotel de Ville at the end of the street.

Porte Royale c1830

Gate into the fortified town

The Old Town

Rue Royale

The Old Town

Rue Royale

The Old Town

Rue des Thermes

The Old Town

Rue du Havre looking north from Place d'Armes

St Pierre-les-Calais

Boulevard Lafayette looking southeast from intersection with Boulevard Jacquard

St Pierre-les-Calais

Boulevard Jacquard looking north

from intersection with Boulevard Lafayette

St Pierre Church c1830s

Cottage

Corner rue Vauban and Quai du Commerce

Cottage today

St Pierre-les-Calais

Lace workers cottages

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