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Quorn Business and Industry

Up until the mid nineteen century most industry in the village was cottage based, primarily frame-work knitting. During the 1820s two hosiery factories were established and by the middle of the century Quorn had a sock and glove manufacturer (Websters) and a twist lace, silk net and cotton tatting factory (Balms), located where the Church Rooms are now. Wrights Mill, elastic webbing manufacturers, arrived in the village in 1860. By 1911 Wrights employed over 30% of the working population of Quorn and they are still present in the village today.

In addition to the factories, this section also contains information about the quarry, the railway and shops, all of which had an impact on village life.


 The Mill House pub, Quorn, ladies darts team, October 1947  The Mill House pub, Quorn, ladies darts team, October 1947
Loughborough Echo, Friday, 17th October 1947 The Mill House pub was on Leicester Road, ...... cont.
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 M Wright & Sons Ltd, New automatic weaving looms, January 1947  M Wright & Sons Ltd, New automatic weaving looms, January 1947
Loughborough Echo, Friday, 31st January 1947 Invention by Quorn man New ...... cont.
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 A unique Quorn business - ships in bottles!  A unique Quorn business - ships in bottles!
One of the most unusual small businesses that Quorn has supported over the years, must be ...... cont.
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 ‘Quorna’ Tape, made by M. Wright and Sons of Quorn  ‘Quorna’ Tape, made by M. Wright and Sons of Quorn
‘Quorna’ was a brand name used by Wrights factory in Quorn in the early and middle parts ...... cont.
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 Meeting Street, Quorn – Then and now  Meeting Street, Quorn – Then and now
The earlier of these two photographs is thought to have been taken in about 1911. The ...... cont.
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 Thomas Cradock of Quorn Court  Thomas Cradock of Quorn Court
Thomas Cradock was born in Loughborough in 1795. He married Mary Octavia Grover (known as ...... cont.
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 Thomas Lucas, jeweller, Quorn - Watch paper  Thomas Lucas, jeweller, Quorn - Watch paper
Watch papers were round papers, placed between the inner and outer case of a pocket ...... cont.
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 Video - Tom Long haymaking in his meadow, 1960s  Video - Tom Long haymaking in his meadow, 1960s
This converted cine film shows Tom Long making hay in his meadow in the early 1960s. The ...... cont.
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 Blacksmiths shop, Meeting Street, Quorn, 1935  Blacksmiths shop, Meeting Street, Quorn, 1935
On Saturday 17th August 1935, The Illustrated Leicester Chronicle published this ...... cont.
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 Home Farm and the Pepper Family  Home Farm and the Pepper Family
Life in Quorn was very different in the 1900s, with many more farms in the village. One ...... cont.
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Total: 297 artefacts returned over 30 pages


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