In the late nineteenth century and for much of the twentieth century, the economy of Leicester was both diversified and concentrated on some staple industries: textiles and hosiery; boot and shoe manufacture; and light engineering.

The textile factories or mills were located along the 'Cut', the canal navigation through the urban area, and the R. Soar itself, concentrated there because of the facility to discharge into the canal and river. The textile factories and mills thus formed a ribbon development along the Cut and the Soar through the urban area.

This textile manufactory beside the Cut near Abbey Park constitutes one of a number of factories and mills in this area between Belgrave Road and the Cut, this one now divided into smaller units or workshops.