Features

Loughborough and the villages and towns around it are built on centuries-worth of history. Here we share snapshots of the history of some of the people, places, buildings, institutions, folklore and traditions of the Charnwood area, as well as stories which explore national and international histories from a local perspective.

Get in touch if you have a local heritage story you’d like to share with the wider community.

  • Loughborough Grammar and Commercial School

    9 August 2020

    ‘Then came a momentous day in the history of the town when, on August 9th 1850 the Lord Bishop of Peterborough, George Davys, D.D., returned to his native town to lay the foundation stone of the new Grammar and Commercial School in what is now the Burton Walks, which was to replace the old Free […]

  • Loughborough’s Great Cheese Sale of 1778

    7 August 2020

    The River Soar Navigation, also known as the Loughborough Canal, was opened in 1778. It brought great prosperity to the town, transporting large amounts of coal as well as other goods and raw materials. The importance of the Wharf can be judged by the fact that in August 1778 the first ever Cheese Sale was […]

  • The building of Loughborough Grammar School

    3 August 2020

    With its foundation stone laid in August 1850 by the Bishop of Peterborough, work began on a much anticipated new home for Loughborough’s ‘Grammar and Commercial School’ for boys. Construction was carried out by a builder by the name of Thomas Walpole, from bricks made at the nearby Tuckers Brickworks. The new school stood in […]

  • The Right Reverend George Davys, Bishop of Peterborough

    2 August 2020

    ‘”1780, November 2.  George Son of John Davies Gent. and Sophia his Wife was Born October ye 1st. 1780 and Baptized this Day.- Bap : 2.”  This was Dr. Davys, late Bishop of Peterborough, and formerly Preceptor to Her Majesty Queen Victoria.  He was born at the old Manor House, opposite the Church gates.’ So […]

  • Loughborough Flooded – 31st July 1735

    31 July 2020

    “From Lightning and Tempest, good Lord deliver us, Amen.” A Loughborough prayer from 1735 Extract from: Chapters in the History of Loughborough (1883)’ by Rev W G Dimock Fletcher The following Memorandum was wrote by Joseph Webster then Clerk of the Parish. – ‘Memorandum that on the last day of July 1735 there happened such […]

  • 18th Century Disasters in Shepshed

    26 July 2020

    As recorded by Rev. Thomas Heath Originally known as Sheepshead, the settlement was known for sheep farming and took its name from that. An ancient town, mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as “Scepeshefde”, meaning ” a hill where sheep graze”. Sullington Road is claimed to be one of the oldest paths in the […]

  • Annette Ashberry (1894 – 1990): a pioneering engineer

    24 July 2020

    In 1920 Loughborough was awaiting the arrival of a unique and pioneering project, an engineering factory run by and employing only women. Atalanta Engineering Ltd duly arrived with Annette Ashberry as the works manager. Annette Ashberry had been born in Hackney in 1894 to a large Jewish immigrant family from Russia. WW1 proved tragic for […]

  • William Berridge: lay preacher and local weatherman

    19 July 2020

    ‘As the local weatherman, it was said on the retirement of Mr William Berridge that for more than a score of years he had never missed his daily duty at a certain hour of taking the meteorological readings and sending his recording by cypher telegram to headquarters.  He was fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society […]

  • Loughborough Family Connections: Nash – Burder – Fison

    17 July 2020

    A one-time resident of Ashby Road, the Reverend Frederick Gifford Nash was born in Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire on 30th June 1819. He attended Pembroke College, Cambridge University, was ordained in 1844 and became the Vicar of Diseworth from 1845 to 1851. He married Miss Sarah Eliza Hackett. On his retirement he moved to ‘Clavering’, Ashby Road, […]

  • Shelthorpe School – a Diamond Jubilee

    13 July 2020

    Shelthorpe Infant and Junior schools were created to serve the community of the Shelthorpe housing estate, built to the south of town by the Loughborough Corporation from 1926 onwards. The schools were designed by Edward T Allcock of Loughborough, the initial idea being they would stand around two enclosed quadrangles, though in the end these […]

  • Grace Dieu Priory

    12 July 2020

    Grace Dieu Priory is a former Augustinian nunnery in Thringstone, Leicestershire, founded in medieval times by Roseia de Verdon, a wealthy heiress in her own right and widow of Theobald Butler, who held extensive lands in Southern Ireland.  Theobald’s death in 1230 made Roseia a ‘femme sole,’ an independent woman no longer under the legal […]

  • Nicholas Alkemade – the man who fell to earth

    10 July 2020

    This is the story of a remarkable man. Nicholas Alkemade – ‘Nick’ to his friends and family – is most famous for his fall to earth without a parachute. This was only the start of a series of incredible events, any one of which would have finished a lesser man. To start at the beginning, […]

  • The Old Rectory and the bonfire of books

    6 July 2020

    The following story is from Loughborough resident David Taylor, a life-long congregation member of All Saints’ Parish Church. ‘It must have been about 1956 that the following events occurred.’ ‘Chas and I had been good friends at All Saints and also at school for some time, so it was not unusual to find us on a […]

  • To church on Sunday in times past

    5 July 2020

    In his 1979 publication ‘The Story of Loughborough 1888-1914,’ W Arthur Deakin, son of Echo founder Joseph Deakin whom he followed as director of the company, shared the childhood church-going memories of Mr Norman Bailey, a self-styled ‘Edwardian of Loughborough Congregational Church’ and himself the son of a local dignitary – Thomas W. Bailey, a […]

  • A Lockdown Tour of The Parish Church

    3 July 2020

    When I go on my exercise walks in our historic town, I imagine I am explaining to an imaginary audience thing they may not have known before.  Last week I went to the Parish Church to see a painted cross people had been writing about.  Then I sat on one of the seats outside and […]

  • Fishing in childhood

    29 June 2020

    Dad would take us fishing by the canal bank off Nottingham Road.  The three of us, myself and my two sisters. Mum would never join us in those days, she hated the canal and would have preferred us all to go to the park. Three nets and a jam jar with string tied around the […]

  • Loughborough United Reformed Church

    28 June 2020

    The United Reformed Church – formerly Loughborough Congregational Church – opened on Frederick Street in July 1908. At this point, Congregationalism had existed in the town for 80 years, its early days being ‘full of hardship and trial.’* After meeting in rooms in Mill Street and Sparrow Hill, the congregation had opened a chapel in […]

  • The Leicester Fortnight

    26 June 2020

    The much-beloved Leicestershire Workers’ July Fortnight started fifty five years ago in 1965. An announcement was made that factory holidays in Loughborough, Shepshed and other places in the district were to be changed from the first two weeks of August to the first two weeks of July. This meant that work at such places as […]

  • Aircraft production at Brush

    22 June 2020

    My grandfather and my father, both who worked ‘at the Brush,’ often spoke of the products that had been built there over the years. Whilst I could relate to the rail products as they were still being produced, aircraft intrigued me. There seemed to be little information available and memories had been lost or distorted […]

  • Origins of the Brush Electrical Engineering Co Ltd

    22 June 2020

    To study the history of the Brush Electrical Engineering Company Ltd it is necessary to follow two different paths. One originating in England in the Leicestershire town of Loughborough and the other on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in the USA city of Cleveland, Ohio. The origin of the Loughborough operation was a […]

  • Richard Crosher: businessman, philanthropist and churchwarden

    21 June 2020

    Loughborough’s population grew so rapidly in the 1820s and ’30s it was decided that a new parish was needed. Emmanuel College, Cambridge – patron of the living of Loughborough – agreed that All Saints Parish could be split in two and that the new parish could take the college’s name. Thus Emmanuel Parish was born […]

  • Women at Work in WW1

    19 June 2020

    In 1914 women in Britain could not vote, study at university or legally enter a profession. But women did work – as domestic servants, shop workers, in factories and of course at home. The movement for women’s suffrage had gathered pace since 1910. The outbreak of the First World War divided the movement and overtook […]

  • A Loughborough Chimney Sweep

    15 June 2020

    Loughborough Library Local Studies volunteer Christine Harris shares her research on her ancestor – Benjamin Newton – who was a chimney sweep in Victorian Loughborough My great-great-grandfather Benjamin Newton was born in Nottingham in 1839 to parents Isaac and Maria Newton. His father Isaac was a stocking framework knitter who became involved with the Chartist […]

  • Rothley Church Memorial Floor Tiles

    14 June 2020

    In 1897 a new window was fitted into the South Aisle of Rothley Parish Church. The window marked the long association of the Paget family with Rothley and coincided with the national celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria’s reign. Underneath the window, in the South Chancery of the church, are sited 26 encaustic […]

  • Commemorating Archdeacon Fearon on the anniversary of his death

    12 June 2020

    Today marks the 135th anniversary of the death of the Reverend Henry Fearon, Rector of Loughborough’s All Saints Parish Church for almost four decades during the Victorian era and described by some as ‘a maker of modern Loughborough.’ Originally from Cuckfield in Sussex, where he was born on 20th June 1802 to the Rev Joseph […]

  • Childhood trainspotting in Loughborough

    8 June 2020

    Tony Jarram takes us down Memory Lane with recollections of his passion for trainspotting. In 1959 Rosebery School organised a train trip to London and I overheard a few of the boys getting rather exited about the trains they were likely to see on the journey. I had been aware that a group of the […]

  • All Saints Parish Church, Loughborough: Renovations of 1862

    7 June 2020

    Between 1859 and 1862 Loughborough’s All Saints with Holy Trinity Parish Church underwent a significant restoration programme, for which Sir George Gilbert Scott was the principle architect. This restoration involved filling the nave, aisles and transepts with new pews and enlarging the east window. The old high-backed pews and the triple-decker pulpit were removed. After […]

  • Nanpantan

    5 June 2020

    At the beginning of the 20th century Nanpantan, 300 ft above sea level and about two and a half miles west of Loughborough, consisted of Nanpantan Hall, a mission church, a day school and about 20 cottages. The name is thought to derived from ‘Pantain’ from the Anglo-Saxon word meaning enclosure. Part of the map […]

  • The Forest Line

    3 June 2020

    Announcing a new 2020 edition of The Forest Line by local historian Brian Williams, published by Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteers. The book is an exploration of the lost Charnwood Forest Canal, tracing its history up to the late 19th century with an investigation into those remains of its course that can be seen today. […]

  • Nurse Armstrong and a motorbike: District Nursing in Charnwood

    1 June 2020

    Remember Loughborough Facebook group member Jane Gott shares memories of her grandmother, who was a well-known figure in the Charnwood area. ‘My Paternal Grandmother, Mary Alice Armstrong nee Eggleston (1898-1964) was a District Nurse and Midwife in and around the Loughborough area and did her rounds on a motorbike. She was always known as Alice.’ […]

  • Emmanuel Church, Forest Road, Loughborough

    31 May 2020

    Emmanuel Church was completed in 1837 at the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign. The church had taken two years to build at a cost of £7000. The town was expanding and a new church was needed. At that time, Loughborough was divided into two parishes, the Parish of Loughborough and the Parish of Emmanuel, Loughborough. […]

  • Loughborough’s Other Swimming Baths

    29 May 2020

    In 1849 a damning report by William Lee, a senior Inspector for the Board of Health, flagged up the appalling living conditions and prevalence of disease in parts of Loughborough. The Report was initially poorly received and it took many years before conditions improved. By the 1880’s there was a growing interest in the link […]

  • All Saints Church, Thorpe Acre

    24 May 2020

    All Saints Church, Thorpe Acre with Dishley serves the Thorpe Acre estate in Loughborough. Thorpe Acre is an estate “village” that developed to house the workers on the Garendon estate. The church is situated on Thorpe Acre Road near the junction with Knightthorpe Road. The architect was William Railton and the church was consecrated in […]

  • Do you like what we do?

    23 May 2020

    Loughborough History and Heritage Network is a non-profit-making entity funded and run by Alison Mott, with articles and stories contributed by members of the public. To show appreciation for the site and help with its hosting fees, you can donate the price of a cuppa at   buymeacoff.ee/alisonmott  or  Ko-fi.com/alisonmott All contributions are much appreciated!

  • Timeline of Victorian Loughborough

    22 May 2020

    1837:VICTORIA BECOMES QUEEN EMMANUEL CHURCH on FOREST ROAD is built at a cost of £7,000. For some years, this marked LOUGHBOROUGH’s “border” with CHARNWOOD FOREST. The “LOUGHBOROUGH TELEGRAPH”, LOUGHBOROUGH’s earliest known newspaper, begins publication. 1838:A new workhouse opens on DERBY ROAD, built at a cost of £7,000. It had room for 375 inmates. EMMANUEL BOYS […]

  • Victorian Loughborough

    21 May 2020

    In Autumn 2019 Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteer group staged an exhibiton about Victorian Loughborough at Loughborough Library . The group have kindly shared much of the information from that exhibition with us for publishing on this website, including pieces about local churches during the period. As part of the exhibition, they put together a […]

  • The Methodist Church in Loughborough: a history

    17 May 2020

    The Methodist Church is the fourth largest Christian Church in Britain with more than six thousand churches and a total membership of around three hundred and thirty thousand people.  Established in the mid-eighteenth century, Methodism challenged the religious assumptions of the established church and had a major impact on the development of the early working-class movement.  Loughborough’s […]

  • ‘Have you got your ration book?’ WW2 Loughborough as I Remember it #5

    14 May 2020

    ‘Housewives had a very difficult time during the war.  Shopping was a nightmare, with most things being rationed.  A person living alone fared the worst, they were such small amounts.  I remember a grey-looking concoction called cooking fat.  We were allocated two ounces per week.  Many other commodities were in very small amounts.  Anything that […]

  • Fire, fire! WW2 Loughborough as I Remember it #4

    13 May 2020

    ‘When the war broke out my husband and I both joined the fire fighters and took our turn on look out.’ ‘The shelter was where the bus station is now (currently The Rushes Shopping Centre) and although we went in it and directed other people to it, we preferred to take our chances together at […]

  • Any Old Iron: WW2 Loughborough as I Remember it #3

    12 May 2020

    ‘There was a nursery on the Southfields Green area for mothers to take their children whilst they helped the war effort by making ammunition in the factories.  Our front iron railings were taken away to be used in the factories along with everyone elses and we were so short of the things one now takes […]

  • Bombers Over Town: WW2 Loughborough as I Remember it #2

    11 May 2020

    ‘The only bomb dropped in the 1939-45 war in Loughborough was two hundred yards away from where I live in Parklands Drive, in a field and it caused no damage except a few broken windows.  It was a 250 lb one with casing half an inch thick.’ ‘During the 1939-45 war the ack-ack guns opened […]

  • Beaumanor Hall ‘Y’ Listeners

    9 May 2020

    In celebration of VE day, Loughborough Library Local Studies Group reveal the wartime secrets of Beaumanor Hall and the ‘Y’ Listeners code ‘Ultra’. ‘Ultra’ was one of the best kept secrets of WWII.  In October 1941 Ministry of Defence Officials quietly requisitioned Beaumanor Hall in Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire, where they set up a top-secret Station […]

  • VE Day 2020 marked by All Saints’ Church

    8 May 2020

    The Covid19 health crisis and restrictions placed on meeting in public mean VE Day commemorations on this Bank Holiday Friday are very different to those originally planned. Rather than the street parties, concerts and church services we might have expected, the Nation has been urged to stay home and join in with online activities. All […]

  • Loughborough on VE-Day 1945

    8 May 2020

    On 8th May 1945, the good people of Loughborough joined with the rest of the country to celebrate Victory in Europe. The town’s mayor, Alfred Perkins, wrote a letter to the people of Loughborough which was printed in the Loughborough Echo of Friday May 11th, 1945. Despite food (and clothing) being only available on ration, […]

  • ‘The long night of fear is ending’ Loughborough Mayor tells townsfolk

    8 May 2020
  • VE-Day, 8th May 1945

    7 May 2020

    The feeling of euphoria and the celebratory atmosphere in Britain on Tuesday May 8th 1945 was both palpable and visible: Victory in Europe had been achieved, and this signalled the end of the Second World War in Europe. This end to warfare followed the Battle of Berlin, which lasted for nine days, before the German […]

  • Commemorating VE Day – a local perspective

    7 May 2020

    Today marks seventy-five years since Hitler’s successor – Alfred Jodl – signed the document of surrender and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that the European element of the Second World War was over. We’re commemorating this historic anniversary over this weekend by sharing stories of Loughborough on that first VE Day and the experiences […]

  • Yanks Go Home: WW2 Loughborough as I Remember it #1

    6 May 2020

    ‘My older sisters were popular with the American Airborne Division soldiers based at Quorn and I had a ready supply of gum, sweets and doughnuts, etc.’ ‘I acted as caddie at the Longcliffe Golf Course and from getting the customary half-crown for the three and a half hours heavy toting from the natives, the Americans […]

  • The Tale of the Plague at Cotes

    5 May 2020

    In their article ‘The Plague at Cotes,’ Joan and Peter Shaw investigate the tale of a clergyman in the village of Cotes who went beyond the call of duty to care for parishioners during a seventeenth century plague epidemic. Without thought of the danger to his own health, the minister is said to have tended […]

  • RAF Wymeswold post-WWII

    4 May 2020

    A free-to-download publication by Richard Knight This detailed history of activities at Wymeswold airfield in the 1950s and 60s has been prepared by Richard Knight, who grew up at the western end of the runways. Most of the information is about the activities of the RAF and Fields Aircraft Services, although there are also lots […]

  • Stanford Hall, the Co-operative College and Sir Julien Kahn

    3 May 2020

    A free-to-download publication by David Lazell When this booklet was first published in 1993, Stanford Hall was still in use as the International Co-operative College and Sir Julien Kahn’s impressive ‘makeover’ had been carried out merely fifty years before. Now, after a £300 million transformation Stanford Hall has become the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre. Find […]

  • Flooded Loughborough: an age-old problem!

    2 October 2019

    It was interesting to see all the pictures and video clips on social media of my flooded hometown yesterday (and here’s my own contribution, of the Woodbrook as it re-appears from its journey under Market Street and Ashby Square.) Loughborough sits on a flood plain and indeed, the proximity of water courses is one of […]

  • Robert Bakewell: New publication by the Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteers

    21 January 2019

    This is a faithful reproduction of a unique bound manuscript dated 1942 presented to the Local Studies Collection at Loughborough Public Library by the author H.W. Cook Esq. Vice-Chairman of Loughborough Public Library Committee. Robert Bakewell of Dishley. The Pioneer of English Stock-Breeding has been reproduced by kind permission of Loughborough Library, Granby Street, Loughborough, […]

  • Suffragettes in Loughborough

    17 January 2019

    In his new pamphlet Mike Shuker explores the history of the Suffragettes in Loughborough from the 1870s when Mrs Jane Ronniger of the National Society for Women’s Suffrage addressed a meeting at the Town Hall. He discusses the 1913 ‘outrage’ when there was an attempt to set fire to the ‘Red House’ on Burton Walks […]

  • NEW EXHIBITION ON VICTORIAN ARCHITECT WILLIAM RAILTON

    15 January 2019

    William Railton posterKEPsgtj by Tony Jarram and Lynne Dyer Discover Leicestershire’s Railton Buildings 7th January to 28th February 2019William Railton posterKEPsgtj Free Entry During Library Opening Hours

  • Loughborough Roll of Honour

    11 November 2018

    ‘THEY whose names are here recorded were numbered among those who at the call of King and country left all that was dear to them, endured hardness, faced danger, and finally passed out of sight of men by the path of duty and self-sacrifice, giving up their lives that others might live in freedom.‘ Loughborough Roll […]

  • Leicestershire Remembers World War One on 9 November

    26 September 2018

    The event will be opened by Professor Jackie Labbe from DMU, hosted by Robin Jenkins, Senior Archivist for the Record Office of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland,and closed by Colonel Murray Colville, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire. A buffet lunch will be provided. There will be an opportunity to talk to the researchers, alongside stalls and displays […]

  • Talk on 26 September: From the Chartists to the Coop: John Skevington

    5 September 2018

    Max Hunt talk LLHS Sept 26 Adv JOHN SKEVINGTON

  • Loughborough in 50 Buildings – New Book by Lynne Dyer!

    16 August 2018
  • Open Day at Leicestershire Records Office: the little Great War

    12 July 2018

    WW1OpenDayhandbill For many the Great War was a daily grind of survival, relieved by the little things: a letter from home or the arrival of the rum ration. Come to our Open Day and experience the food and drink of the war, listen to live WWI music AND see the whole Little Great War through […]

  • Brush Workers filmed in November 1900

    21 June 2018

    Look at this early film by Mitchell and Kenyon of Brush workers leaving the Falcon Works in November 1900 The Film comes from the British Film Institute.

  • Exhibition at the University about Citizenship

    19 June 2018

    There is an interesting exhibition about Reimagining Citzenship at Loughborough University Martin Hall Building until 14 July. It collectively curated by the Politicized Practice/Anarchist/Theatre and Performance Research Groups that will form part of Loughborough University Arts Festival. In government parlance, being a citizen means to be recognised as a ‘subject or national’. What is at […]

  • Leicestershire County Archives – new film

    18 June 2018

    Click here for a new film about all the objects and documents in the Leicestershire County Archives, including some fascinating findings about Loughborough.

  • Leicestershire Green Plaques – Vote by 30 July

    18 June 2018

    The Leicestershire Green Plaque vote has opened and is open to the public until 30 June. Click here for details.

  • Photos and Film interviews about the 1972 Mansfield Mill Hosiery Strike

    18 June 2018

    These fascinating films are the work of award-winning photographer Kajal Nisha Patel. They show the experiences of four women who were involved in the 1972 Mansfield Mill strike in Loughborough which was organised by Indian women to end the discrimination they were experiencing at the work. Click here for a 1974 article on the strike […]

  • From an artist’s sketchbook: the drawings of A T Warbis

    23 May 2018

    The Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteers have published a book, ‘From an Artist’s Sketchbook. The drawings of A.T. Warbis,’ as featured in the Loughborough Echo 1950s to 1970s, a “then-and-now” book compiled by LLLS volunteer Bill Wells. The book has been produced following demand during an exhibition in Loughborough Public Library in which the biographical […]

  • 23 JUNE IN LOUGHBOROUGH LIBRARY: CELEBRATE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE

    23 May 2018
  • Picnic in the Park 9 June! Vote in the 1929 ‘flapper’ election

    9 May 2018

    Lougborough Library Local Studies Volunteers will be staging a 1929 Flapper General Election at Picnic in the Park the first election when all women over 21 could vote. This s at Queens Park in Loughborough and is open from 11.00am to 4.30pm on June 9th 2018. Entry is free. Vote in the election, find out […]

  • Suffragette News

    12 March 2018

    Here is a link to the Leicester Suffragette Alice Hawkins  

  • Charnwood Great War Centenary publication

    26 June 2017

    New!  For the Fallen: The Charnwood Great War Centenary Project Available from Loughborough Museum Charnwood Arts, 31 Granby Street, Loughborough Or All Saints Church parish office: please office@allsaintsloughborough.org.uk or call 01509 217029 to reserve a copy. Charnwood Great War Book

  • Saving the Old Rectory by Design: the story of 36 students and a Grade II listed site

    20 June 2017

    In August 2016 I was contacted by Loughborough University’s Design School who were looking for a local ‘issue’ for students on the Service Design for Social Innovation Masters course to design solutions for. I’m a member of Loughborough Archaeological and Historical Society (LAHS) and a volunteer at the Old Rectory Museum in Rectory Place, a […]

  • For and Against: Art, Politics and the Pamphlet

    4 May 2017

    Loughborough, May 2017 The Radar project ‘For and Against: Art, Politics and the Pamphlet’ was a collaboration between Radar and Loughborough University’s Dr Gillian Whiteley and Dr Jane Tormey, and brought together research into the radical traditions of the political pamphlet and contemporary art practice. Artists and collectives involved included Ruth Beale, Freee, Ferenc Gróf, […]

  • Loughborough Building Society Exhibition at Town Library

    10 March 2017
  • New Book: Bottesford and Muston: lest we forget

    9 March 2017

    Book launch

  • Ladybird Artists’ Exhibition – Loughborough Library

    10 October 2016

    Last week saw the opening of a new exhibition by Local Studies Volunteers at Loughborough Library, which celebrates the work of many artists commissioned by Ladybird Books during their years based in the town. The internationally renowned children’s book imprint was created in 1915 by Wills & Hepworth, a publishing and printing company with premises […]

  • Loughborough builds a County-wide Library Service

    23 September 2016

    Building a County-wide Library Service In 1922 Loughborough College Principal Herbert Schofield announced that he had secured a grant from the Carnegie UK Trust to set up a county-wide library service with its headquarters at the College. The College Registrar and the Head of the Department Extra Mural Adult Education were designated as honorary librarians. […]

  • The Martin Brothers: ‘True Patriots Who Did Their Duty’*

    12 September 2016

    ‘True Patriots Who Did Their Duty’* Yusef and Benyam Workinah Martin were the sons of Hakim** Workinah Eshete, known to the English by his adoptive name of Charles Workneh Martin. Their father had been found abandoned on an Ethiopian battlefield as a small child and taken by a British army officer to India, where he […]

  • ‘I Do Love Cricket – It’s So Very English’*

    7 September 2016

    In late 1919, thanks to the persuasive powers of Loughborough College Principal Herbert Schofield, the County Council bought 14 acres of land on Ashby Road for playing fields. Schofield was able to increase the area within months by purchasing a further parcel of land and acquired another 12 acres in 1921. Levelling the ground and […]

  • Jack Monk, portrait of a Loughborough Lock-keeper

    15 August 2016

    Loughborough resident Jennifer Harker shares a canal-side portrait she painted of lock-keeper Jack Monk in the 1970’s ‘Having just bought a second-hand, fibreglass canal cruiser, my husband and I were very fortunate to find a good mooring close to Bishop’s Meadow Lock in Loughborough, where we met the lock-keeper, Jack Monk.  His narrowboat, ‘Owl’, was moored just between […]

  • Loughborough Jewels: a participatory arts project

    8 August 2016

    In December 2015 I was invited to take part in a project which aimed to collect people’s memories of Loughborough and use them as a creative stimulus for making jewellery. The project was carried out by Roberta Bernabei, a lecturer in Contemporary Jewellery and Critical and Historical Studies at Loughborough University, whose creative pieces have […]

  • Anyone for Tennis?

    12 June 2016

    So Wimbledon’s here again with Sue Barker and a team of celebrity commentators on the BBC, including John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova and Tim Henman. Look forward, if you’re there, to queues and controversial calls, tarpaulins and tantrums, rainy days and royalty. That grassy bank by Court No 1 with a view of the big screen […]

  • The Luddites are Coming! Local exhibition

    24 May 2016

      When Ned Ludd came to Loughborough: the 200th Anniversary of the Luddite Riots in Loughborough On Thursday, 2nd June 2016 at Loughborough Library, the exhibition Lace and Luddism opened to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Luddite attack on Heathcoat and Boden’s mill premises in Loughborough. On 28th June 1816 sixteen men from Nottingham had […]

  • Loughborough University’s Golden Jubilee

    27 April 2016

    This year Loughborough University celebrates its 50th birthday. On 19 April 1966 the Queen signed and sealed the royal charter of incorporation that granted university status to Loughborough College of Technology. The new Loughborough University of Technology was the first of the ten Colleges of Advanced Technology to become a university and thus the first […]

  • Hathern History website

    18 April 2016

    Hathern has an exciting new history website

  • Loughborough Market place – what was the event?

    18 April 2016

      This picture of Loughborough market was sent to the network by Gillian Hicks   If anyone can help Gillian identify the event (presumably pre-1914) please contact Gillian direct.mailto:gill.hicks@ntlworld.com

  • Loughborough – Berlin – Loughborough

    13 April 2016

    Josh Knight reports on a Loughborough University History trip to Berlin in 2015 There are few, if any, cities in the world that have a richer history than Berlin; from its imperial history all the way to the pivotal role it played during the Cold War. On a recent trip to Berlin, with fellow Loughborough […]

  • Mother and Me: A Cold War Boyhood

    13 April 2016

    Leicestershire-based writer Roy Kershaw has written a fascinating memoir about his childhood in Yorkshire in the 40s and 50s as the son of a communist Weavers’ Union leader and a radical mother. As well his political upbringing, the book describes the huge social, cultural and moral changes of the time.  Teenagers were breaking free from […]

  • Albert Francis Cross – Loughborough’s Forgotten Poet

    19 March 2016

    At the time when Thomas Hardy and D H Lawrence were busy writing about their local landscapes, a Leicestershire poet was doing the same in Charnwood.  Sadly, the name of that poet has since fallen into obscurity. Albert Francis Cross, otherwise known as A. F. Cross, was born in Loughborough in 1863, the son of William – a […]

  • Shared stories of working in Loughborough: a community event

    18 March 2016

    Friday 18th March 2016 saw an informal ‘information gathering’ event at Loughborough Library in Granby Street as members of the public shared their memories and stories of working in Loughborough.  The event was staged by Dr Clare Ravenwood and Dr Tim Zijlstra of Loughborough University’s Loughborough Corporate Heritage project (LoCHe), . Chatting with Clare and Tim […]

  • How do Loughborough companies record their past?

    11 March 2016

    Loughborough Corporate Heritage project (LoCHe) January 2016 saw the start of a new project to find out how local businesses store information on their history and how they make use of it during anniversary celebrations involving the wider community. Headed by Dr Clare Ravenwood of the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University, the […]

  • Loughborough Technical College’s short-lived eggs-periment

    19 February 2016

    In the autumn of 1918, not long before the end of the Great War, a new evening course was introduced at the Loughborough Technical College. The College magazine The Limit announced, rather grandly, ‘the Poultry Department of the Technical College [is] waiting to receive us with open arms … for not every town, or city, […]

  • Airships Through the Ages, Balloons to Blimps

    11 January 2016

    Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteers are opening their new exhibition at Loughborough Library on Saturday January 30th 2016. Called ‘Airships Through the Ages, Balloons to Blimps’, the exhibition is timed to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Zeppelin raid on Loughborough on 31st January 1916. The exhibition tells the story of airships of all types, […]

  • Bank architecture: HSBC Bank, Loughborough

    9 December 2015

    The building occupied by the HSBC Bank in Market Place Loughborough is a purpose-built premise. There’s been a bank on that particular site since about 1828, the previous building being renowned for its flower-covered verandahs. The current building was designed by the Leicester architects Goddard, Paget and Goddard for the Leicestershire banking Company and was […]

  • Zeppelins over Loughborough

    18 November 2015

    On the night of 31st January 1916 four bombs were dropped on Loughborough by a German Zeppelin airship heading for Liverpool.  Ten people were killed in the raid, twelve people injured and considerable damage done to the town. Prevented from reaching its target by poor weather, the Zeppelin is thought to have attacked Loughborough because […]

  • George Hill of Loughborough – display at Loughborough Library

    3 November 2015

    George Hill of Loughborough: Grocers, Wine Merchants and Shippers – 1909 to 2015 November 2015 saw the opening of an exhibition at Loughborough Library on longstanding local wine merchants Geo. Hill of Wards End, Loughborough. Opened on 3rd November and running to 11th December 2015, the exhibition was a joint venture between Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteers and […]

  • Middleton’s Bank: The “world’s local bank” in Loughborough

    27 October 2015

    Situated prominently next to the Loughborough Town Hall, the HSBC Bank in Loughborough Market Place is a most architecturally stunning building, designed by the partnership Goddard, Paget and Goddard, of Leicester. Plans were created around 1893 and the building erected in about 1894 by the local building firm of Moss. Today it is registered as […]

  • Award-winning window displays at George Hill Provisions, Loughborough

    25 October 2015
  • A hundred years of Ladybird Books

    22 October 2015

    The year 2015 sees the centenary of the birth of the Ladybird Book imprint in Loughborough, with many organisations across the town and beyond marking the occasion with talks, exhibitions and special events.  The most recent celebration is the Loogabarooga Festival, a five day festival of children’s illustrated literature believed to be the first of its […]

  • On this day in history…

    14 October 2015

    The Local Studies volunteers are staging a new pop up display of historic newspapers in the Loughborough Library local studies area. The papers were supplied courtesy of the Historic Newspapers Company and are taken from the largest private collection of original British newspapers in the world.  They cover topics of historical interest and national significance […]