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65 Loughborough Road, Quorn

For many years 65 Loughborough Road marked the extent of housing development in Quorn on the north side of Loughborough Road.

The house was built in the early 1900s and the first occupants were Harry and Lucy Facer, with their three children Lucy, Harry and Percy. Many people in the village still remember the younger Harry and Lucy Facer, but Percy, the youngest child, lost his life in WW1.

John Bennett has contacted the museum team and remembers that when his parents bought 65 Loughborough Road in 1955, it was purchased from the Facer family. The Bennetts lived there for 12 years, before moving to Woodhouse Eaves in 1967. John continues:

“My parents sold the house to the Lovetts: Mrs Lovett ran the shop on the corner of Barrow Road and Farnham Street. They built the extension, opened up the drive at the front and sold off half the garden, which at the time stretched all the way to Farnham Street. We had an old wooden double garage on Farnham Street – actually two garages joined together - one of which Dad let out to Bob Setchfield for his vintage Lagonda. It was a long walk to the garage. There are now two semis where that used to be. I think the Lovetts were the first to do that, but they obviously set a trend.”

The first photograph from 1955 shows Herbert Bennett (Bert) with his three children, John, Miriam and Dorothy. They are positioned at the side of the house, roughly where the garage door stands today. The ‘front’ door at that time was on the side, and John recalls that the tree against the wall (behind Herbert), was a very prolific Victoria plum!

The second photograph shows 65 Loughborough Road today.

Herbert Bennett passed away early in 2016 at the grand age of 93.

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 Submitted on: 2016-05-28
 Submitted by: John Bennett
 Artefact ID: 1935
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