Loughborough – a Who’s Who

Please note this page is a work in progress. Email us at lboro.history.heritage@gmail.com to suggest someone to be added to the list, particularly if you can supply the entry for them.

Harry Adcock: 24 March 1877 – 1968
Formerly a soldier, seeing action in both the Boer War and World War One, Harry was Macebearer to successive Loughborough mayors and Keeper of the Town Hall from 1922 to 1943.

Nicholas Alkemade: 10 December 1922 – June 1987
A market gardener and later furniture-maker of Loughborough who is famous for having survived a parachute-less fall from a plane during WWII.

Robert Bakewell: 1725 to 1st October 1795
British agriculturalist who revolutionised farming practices in England – particularly the breeding of sheep and cattle to increase their yield of meat – and is therefore said to have ‘fed the industrial revolution.’

Thomas Burton:

Henry Fearon: 20th June 1802 to 12th June 1885
Rector of All Saints’ Parish Church and Archdeacon of Leicester, who had a significant bearing on local educational reforms and the provision of filtrated water to the town.

William George Dimock Fletcher: 4 January 1851 – 6 December 1935
Handsworth-born Fletcher trained as a solicitor in Loughborough for a time before taking clerical orders in 1878. A scholar with a love of writing, Fletcher wrote a number of books on the history of the town, and elsewhere.

George Green:

Wallace Humphrey:
Former headmaster of Shelthorpe Primary School and author of a number of books on the town’s history.

Johnny Johnson:

Ian Keil:
Former president of Loughborough Archaeological and Historical Society and prolific author of books and articles on the area’s history.

Ralph Lemyngton: unknown birthdate – early 1521
See extracts of Ralph Lemyngton’s will here.

Charles Matthews:

Jack Monk was a lockkeeper on Loughborough Canal in the 1970s, his cottage being at Bishop’s Meadow Lock.

Kevin Ryan: 16 July 1957 – 22 April 2020
A photographer and a champion of the arts, Kev Ryan was CEO of Charnwood Arts from its inception in the 1980s until his death. He was responsible for many iconic cultural and historical projects within the Borough and beyond.

Herbert Schofield: 8 December 1882 – 18 September 1963
Read memories of Herbert Schofield by one of his colleagues here.

John Skevington:

Clarence George Starkey  b: 17 Nov 1870 – d: 24 June 1955
The first general manager of the Odeon Cinema in Baxter Gate, Loughborough (1936-38).