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Coordinates: 52°46′14″N 1°12′17″W / 52.7705°N 1.2046°W / 52.7705; -1.2046

Loughborough Carillon.jpg
Loughborough Carillon & War Memorial
Loughborough is located in Leicestershire

 Loughborough shown within Leicestershire
Population 57,600 (2004)
OS grid reference SK536195
District Charnwood
Shire county Leicestershire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LE11
Dialling code 01509
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Loughborough
List of places: UK • England • Leicestershire

Loughborough (pronounced /ˈlʌfbərə/ ( listen) LUFF-bərə, or /ˈlʌfbrə/ LUFF-brə) is a town within the Charnwood borough of Leicestershire, England. It had a population of 57,600 in 2004.[1] It is the second largest settlement in Leicestershire after Leicester, is the seat of Charnwood Borough Council, and the home of Loughborough University.

In 1841 Loughborough was the destination for the first package tour, organised by Thomas Cook for a temperance group from Leicester. The town has the world's largest bell foundryJohn Taylor Bellfounders, which made the bells for the Carillon war memorial, a landmark within the Queens Park in the town, and York Minster. The first mention of Loughborough is in the 1086 Domesday Book.

To the north of the edges of Loughborough, Dishley Grange Farm was formerly the home of agricultural revolutionist Robert Bakewell. The farm was also once home to the annual Leicestershire County Show. Loughborough's local newspaper is the Loughborough Echo, although there is also the Loughborough Guide. However the town is also served by the Leicester Mercury.



Signpost for Dishley area of Loughborough


Loughborough station is located on the Midland Main Line, at the east of the town. This line links to London to Nottingham, Sheffield and Leeds. There were at one time three railway routes to the town: the still operating Midland line; the Great Central Railway which had its own Central station, closed as a result of the Beeching cuts; and a branch line from Nuneaton, part of the London and North Western Railway. Today, the Great Central Railway line is the terminus of the south section of the Great Central Steam Railway heritage railway, and plans are to reopen the line north and join the two sections.

Brush Traction, a manufacturer of railway locomotives, is also located in the town, close to Loughborough's railway station. The M1's Junction 23 is 2 miles (5 km) west. The north of the town can be accessed from Junction 24, travelling through Kegworth and Hathern on the A6 road. Local buses are operated by Arriva, Paul S Winson Coaches, Premiere Travel and Kinch Bus(Article is for the parent company)

The River Soar passes by to the east of the town. Navigation from Loughborough north towards the Trent was achieved in 1778 by the Loughborough Navigation which terminates at Loughborough Wharf between Derby Road and Bridge Street. Subsequently the Leicester navigation was constructed connecting to the Loughborough Navigation at Canal Bridge. The Leicester navigation connects to the River Soar south of the town. Both form part of the Grand Union Canal.


The Brush engineering works

The centre of Loughborough's shopping area is the pedestrianised Market Place and Market Street, which maintain a number of original art deco buildings, such as the building that currently houses the town's cinema. A large outdoor market is held in the Market Place every Thursday and Saturday. There is a monthly farmers' market. The first mention of a market in Loughborough is in 1221.

'The Rushes' shopping centre has also been built on the site of the former bus station and is occupied by national chains. The Rushes is linked to the town centre area by Churchgate and Churchgate Mews; the latter has independent shops.

There is major new development planned for the area around the railway station with a new road and housing planned.

The Japanese Olympic team have chosen the town as their base for the 2012 Olympic Games to be held in London.

Sports and culture

The Rugby Union club, Loughborough RFC, play at Derby Road playing fields. The club was formed in 1891.

Other sports teams include the non-league Loughborough Dynamo Football Club and the Loughborough Aces (Collegiate American Football). There is a netball league at Loughborough Leisure Centre. The town was also once home of a professional football club, Loughborough F.C., in the Football League during the late 1800s. Cricket is prominent, with Loughborough Town C.C., Loughborough Carillon C.C., Loughborough Carillon Old Boys' C.C. and Loughborough Greenfields C.C. representing various standards of Cricket in the area. The university is home to the ECB National Cricket Academy, used by the England team as primary training centre. The town also has its own swimming club, Loughborough Town Swimming Club, which is based in the town and train at local venues.

The Loughborough Canal Festival, which started in 1997, is an annual event in May centred around Chain Bridge. The event attracts around 10,000 visitors. The Picnic In the Park started in 1980 and is also held in May. It is organised by Charnwood Arts and in Queens Park. Streets Alive is another event organised between Charnwood Arts and Charnwood Borough Council at a similar time of year.

Great Central Railway is a preserved railway based at Loughborough Central Station south of the town centre. It is operated by volunteers every weekend.

Every November, the street fair takes over the centre of the town and closes the A6 and other roads. The fair runs from Wednesday afternoon to Saturday night. The fair has many rides, amusement arcades, food stands and games. This is the biggest street fair in Europe.[citation needed]

Loughborough Town Hall is a venue for theatre as well as conferences and weddings. The 497-seat theatre underwent a £2.8 million refurbishment.

The town is home to the Reel Cinema, part of a chain of 10. There are six screens in the theatre, which is built to an art deco style. The cinema was built in 1936 and over the years it has been named the Pal Court and Ballroom, Empire, Classic and Curzon.




Tertiary education

Loughborough University

Loughborough University

In 2004, Loughborough University was ranked 9th among the British universities by the Times' Good University Guide. In 2006 Loughborough was ranked 6th. In 2007 The Guardian rated the university 8th, and 10th of 117 institutions by The Guardian League Tables 2009 (published online 1/6/08 for the 2009-10 academic year. The university is 5th in some rankings, behind Oxbridge and the London universities. The university has the largest sports scholarship in the UK. More than 250 international athletes study and train there. In 2008 Loughborough was named Sunday Times University of the Year.[2] The university is also the town's largest employer.[citation needed]

Loughborough College

Loughborough College is the second biggest education establishment in Loughborough, after the University. Its offers Further Education and vocational courses. It was established in 1909, and has an over 12,000 full and part-time students population. It has an annual turnover in excess of £19m and employs over 900 staff.[3]

Notable people

Loughborough natives include Albert Francis Cross, the journalist, author, poet and playwright who was born on Moor Lane on 9 May 1863, the two time Laurence Olivier Award nominated stage actress Nicola Hughes and Coronation Street's Roy Cropper actor David Neilson. Bobsleigher and Paratrooper Dean Ward, who won a bronze medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics was also born in the town. Most biographies of Felix Buxton of Basement Jaxx suggest he was a Londoner. In fact he was a pupil at Loughborough Grammar School and son of the one-time vicar of nearby Woodhouse Eaves and Ibstock. The Dundee-born comedian, TV presenter and entertainerDanny Wallace attended Holywell County Primary School. Mark Collett, sidekick of Nick Griffin in the BNP, attended Loughborough Grammar School.[4] The high jumper Ben Challenger, son of Showaddywaddy drummer Romeo Challenger, is also from Loughborough. The popular Muslim and Bangladeshi presenter Rizwan Hussain was brought up there. More recently, Fred Bowers, a 73 year old Loughborough pensioner reached the Semi-Finals of Britains Got Talent 2009, with his breakdancing act.

Notable sporting graduates of Loughborough University include Sir Clive Woodward, Sebastian Coe, Paula Radcliffe, David Moorcroft, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Monty Panesar, Steve Backley, Jack Kirwan and Lawrie Sanchez.


Signpost for Loughborough

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Loughborough is a market town in Leicestershire.


Loughborough' fortunes were built on engineering and textiles. Now however the largest employer is Loughborough University, this has a dramatic impact on the town. The 14000 students account for around one in four of the town's population. This gives the town a younger profile than you might expect in term time, but makes the place relatively quiet during the summer.

Get in

By air

East Midlands Airport is 7 miles north-west of Loughborough.

By train

Loughborough is served by East Midland Trains travelling from London to Sheffield and London to Nottingham and by Cross Country Trains to Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, and Birmingham. Loughborough's railway station is approx 1 mile north-east of the town centre.

By road

Loughborough sits on the main A6 road between Leicester and Derby and adjacent to the M1 motorway (at junction 23).

By bicycle

Loughborough is on National Cycle Route 6.

By water

The soon to be refurbished Loughborough Wharf at the northern edge of the town centre links to the Grand Union Canal.

Get around

By bus

The main bus services within the town are provided by Kinchbus. Services to surrounding areas are provided by Arriva, Trent Barton, South Notts, Centrebus & Paul Winson.


A major remodelling of the town centre in the 1930s means that large parts of the centre were built in Art Deco style and many of these building survive. Of note is the foyer of Reel Cinema.

Market Place hosts the towns much criticised, but now much loved 'Sockman' statue. The statue's official title is 'The Sock'. It's the work of Glaswegian artist Shona Kinloch and commemorates the once thriving hosiery industry within the town.

The Carillon [1] Tower (universally mispronounced ca-ri-li-on) in Queen's Park is the town's war memorial and the outstanding landmark. The tower is open every afternoon plus Saturday and Thursday mornings from Good Friday to the end of September. The Carillon itself is an musical instrument of static bells played operated by a keyboard. Recitals are given on Thursdays lunchtimes and Sundays afternoons through the summer.


The Great Central Railway is a preserved steam mainline railway running on the old Great Central from Loughborough to Leicester North.

John Taylor Bellfoundry Museum - collection of the world's largest working bell foundry. It may be possible to tour the foundry. Pre-booking advised.

The second week of November brings the annual fair to the very centre of the town filling the Market place and surrounding streets for four days.

The small Charnwood museum occupies the old swimming baths in the Queen's Park. It contains displays on the history and geology of the area and some of the current industrial base of the town along with temporary exhibits.


There is a twice weekly market in central Market Place every Thursday & Saturday.

Get out

Notable beauty spots around Loughborough include:

To the west of the town: Garendon Park former deer park with limited public access but containing a number of Listed buildings and monuments such as the Temple of Venus. To the south-west of the town: Beacon Hill and the Outwoods and Jubilee wood which form the eastern edge of The National Forest. To the south towards Leicester is Bradgate Park; formerly royal a deer park and home to Lady Jane Grey.

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

LOUGHBOROUGH, a market town and municipal borough in the Loughborough (Mid) parliamentary division of Leicestershire, England, near the river Soar and on the Loughborough canal. Pop. (1901) 21,508. It is 110 m. N.N.W. of London by the Midland railway, and is served by the Great Central and a branch of the London and North-Western railways. The neighbourhood is a rich agricultural district, and to the S.W. lies the hilly tract known as Charnwood Forest. The church of All Saints stands on rising ground, and is a conspicuous object for many miles round; it is of Decorated work, and the tower is Perpendicular. The other churches are modern. Public buildings include the town hall and exchange, town offices, county hall and free library. The grammar school, founded in 1495 under the charity of Thomas Burton, occupies modern buildings in pleasant grounds. There is also a girls' grammar school partly dependent on the same foundation. The principal industry is hosiery making; there are also engineering, iron and dye works and bell foundries. The great bell for St Paul's cathedral, London, was cast here in 1881. Loughborough was incorporated in 1888. Area, 3045 acres.

The manor of Loughborough (Lucteburne, Lucteburg, Lughteburgh) was granted by William the Conqueror to Hugh Lupus, from whom it passed to the Despensers. In1226-1227when it belonged to Hugh Despenser he obtained various privileges for himself and his men and tenants there, among which were quittance from suits at the county and hundred courts, of sheriffs' aids and of view of frankpledge, and also a market every Thursday and a fair on the vigil, day and morrow of St Peter ad vincula. The market rights were purchased by the town in 1880 from the trustees of Thomas Cradock, late lord of the manor. Edward II. visited the manor several times when it belonged to his favourite, Hugh Despenser the elder. Among the subsequent lords were Henry de Beaumont and Alice his wife, Sir Edward Hastings, created Baron Hastings of Loughborough in 1558, Colonel Henry Hastings, created baron in 1645, and the earls of Huntingdon. Alexander Wedderburn was created Baron Loughborough in 1780 when he became chief justice of the common pleas. During the 19th century most of the manorial rights were purchased by the local board. Loughborough was at first governed by a bailiff, afterwards by a local board, and was finally incorporated in 1888 under a mayor, 6 aldermen and 18 councillors. It has never been represented in parliament. Lace-making was formerly the chief industry, but machines for making lace set up in the town by John Heathcote were destroyed by the Luddites in 1816, and the manufacture lost its importance. Bell-founding was introduced in 1840. John Cleveland, the Royalist poet, was born at Loughborough in 1613, John Howe the painter in 1630 and Richard Pulteney the botanist in 1730.

See Victoria County History, Leicestershire; W. G. D. Fletcher, Chapters in the History of Loughborough (1883); Sir Thomas Pochin, "Historical Description of Loughborough" (1770) (vol. viii. of Bibliotheca topographica Britannica).

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  • lŭf'bərə, /ˈlʌfbərə/, /"lVfb@r@/ or *lŭf'brə, /ˈlʌfbrə/, /"lVfbr@/

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