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The Old Mermaid Inn, Wansford

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A lovely old view from above the bridge at Wansford looking up to what is now the main crossroads with the “Old Leicester Road” (Wansford Church is to the immediate left of the photographer).

The Old Mermaid Inn was demolished once traffic in the area rendered the staggered crossroads in front of it too dangerous. The quiet rural scene depicted in this 1920s image actually shows the junction of what is now the A1 (heading away from the photographer) and the A47 (arriving from the left in front of the inn).

Once road traffic started to increase, the demolition of the inn allowed the crossroads to be tidied up a little before eventually both the roads were rebuilt to bypass the village.