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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.


 Lloyd Eric Tomlyn, 1928 to 2016 – Memories of Quorn  Lloyd Eric Tomlyn, 1928 to 2016 – Memories of Quorn
Lloyd Eric Tomlyn was born in Mountsorrel in 1928, the son of Eric Dudley Ernest Tomlyn ...... cont.
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 Harvest at Home Farm, Quorn, early 1900s  Harvest at Home Farm, Quorn, early 1900s
Thomas Pepper was born in 1883 in Long Whatton. He was married twice and had six children ...... cont.
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 Quorn Laundry buildings  Quorn Laundry buildings
Quorn Laundry was based on Barrow Road, where Quorndon Terrace is today. This photograph ...... cont.
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 Quorn Hygienic Laundry basket  Quorn Hygienic Laundry basket
This Quorn laundry basket (or hamper) was used by the Pagets from Nanpantan Hall in ...... cont.
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 Masterbuilder construction set, made in Quorn 1940s  Masterbuilder construction set, made in Quorn 1940s
This is definitely one of the more unusual Quorn artefacts that has come to ...... cont.
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 Aerial view of Wright's factory and surrounding area - approx 1952  Aerial view of Wright's factory and surrounding area - approx 1952
This aerial photograph was taken in the early 1950s, as evidenced by the size of the lime ...... cont.
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 Postcard – Mountsorrel Quarry 1909  Postcard – Mountsorrel Quarry 1909
This postcard raises many questions! It may be asked how a Mountsorrel Quarry postcard ...... cont.
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 WW1 Puttees! Made by M Wright and Sons  WW1 Puttees! Made by M Wright and Sons
This advert appeared regularly in the Tatler between 1917 and 1919. It is advertising ...... cont.
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 Quorn cigarette tin, early 1900s  Quorn cigarette tin, early 1900s
This Quorn cigarette tin is very well worn and we think is a very rare find. Underneath ...... cont.
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 Quorn meat substitute and our village – a connection or not?  Quorn meat substitute and our village – a connection or not?
One question that people often ask is whether there is a connection between the name of ...... cont.
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 Church Room fundraising fete, June 1929  Church Room fundraising fete, June 1929
In 1922 a committee was formed to raise funds for the building of a Church Room. Several ...... cont.
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 Insurance plaques, Quorn  Insurance plaques, Quorn
Beginning in the 18th century, insurance fire plaques were attached high up on buildings, ...... cont.
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 Bus on Leicester Road, Quorn, 1910  Bus on Leicester Road, Quorn, 1910
This fantastic photograph was taken on the east side of Leicester Road in 1910. The house ...... cont.
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 Two buses at Quorn Cross, 1930  Two buses at Quorn Cross, 1930
A very interesting street scene showing Quorn Cross in about 1930. Whilst the quality of ...... cont.
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 Wright's Factory, weaving room 1923/24  Wright's Factory, weaving room 1923/24
One of the elastic weaving rooms at Wright's factory, Quorn in 1923 or 1924. The ...... cont.
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 Tommy Allen 1911 to 1996  Tommy Allen 1911 to 1996
Tommy Allen was born in 1911 and lived in Quorn all his life. He followed his father by ...... cont.
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 High Street, Quorn in the 1950s  High Street, Quorn in the 1950s
Two photographs of High Street, Quorn, looking towards Quorn Cross, in the 1950s, showing ...... cont.
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 William Wilders – Carrier of Quorn  William Wilders – Carrier of Quorn
William Wilders was born in Quorn in 1838 and died in 1893. We are lucky to have this ...... cont.
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 Quorn Building Society  Quorn Building Society
Quorn Building Society, or as it was originally known, the Quorndon and Neighbourhood ...... cont.
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 Wrights Factory Rules, 1946  Wrights Factory Rules, 1946
The poster below hung in Wrights factory on Leicester Road for many years. It dates back ...... cont.
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 Soar Valley News, April 1977  Soar Valley News, April 1977
The Soar Valley News was a four page, black and white community newspaper/newsletter type ...... cont.
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 Deer roaming around the White Horse in Quorn! 1988  Deer roaming around the White Horse in Quorn! 1988
During road works near the White Horse pub in Quorn in 1988, ancient deer bones were ...... cont.
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 Howlett’s Bus Company, Quorn  Howlett’s Bus Company, Quorn
This is a Bedford OWB Duple bus, registration number DAY137, built during WW2. Howlett’s ...... cont.
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 Vena Grain, 1895 to 1989. Oral history interview from 1985  Vena Grain, 1895 to 1989. Oral history interview from 1985
Vena Grain was born in Leicester on 21st February 1895, and the family moved to Quorn in ...... cont.
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 The Mill House Inn, Leicester Road, Quorn, early 1900s  The Mill House Inn, Leicester Road, Quorn, early 1900s
To the left of the archway is the Mill House Inn, which at this time was run by Silas ...... cont.
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 Quorn bus, 1929  Quorn bus, 1929
In the 1920s and 1930s there were several different firms running buses through Quorn. ...... cont.
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 Meeting Street, Quorn  Meeting Street, Quorn
As the years go by and as Quorn Village On-line Museum continues to grow, it becomes ...... cont.
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 Video: Wrights - Weaving Narrow Fabrics in Quorn since 1860  Video: Wrights - Weaving Narrow Fabrics in Quorn since 1860
Wrights factory has been in Quorn since the 1860s and continues to thrive today. This ...... cont.
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 Quorn Station 1937  Quorn Station 1937
This is a photograph taken on Quorn railway station when it was run by the London & North ...... cont.
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 Picture by W E Cooke – Coal Wharf, 1879  Picture by W E Cooke – Coal Wharf, 1879
This picture of the Coal Wharf on Soar Road in Quorn, was drawn in 1879 by local ...... cont.
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 Misses E & M White – Homemade cakes price list  Misses E & M White – Homemade cakes price list
This price list dates from about 1910. Ethel and Muriel White were the daughters of ...... cont.
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 'Ann at Quorn’, High Street, Quorn  'Ann at Quorn’, High Street, Quorn
‘Ann at Quorn’ was a high class clothes shop at 20 High Street in Quorn. It was ...... cont.
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 Barrie’s Fruit and Veg Shop, Quorn Cross  Barrie’s Fruit and Veg Shop, Quorn Cross
‘Barries’ fruit and veg shop, in a prominent position on Quorn Cross, was run by Barrie ...... cont.
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 WW1, Wrights factory ‘War Service’ lapel badge  WW1, Wrights factory ‘War Service’ lapel badge
During WW1 Wrights factory in Quorn was employing over 2,000 people and working round the ...... cont.
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 Mrs Kettle's shop, Station Road, Quorn  Mrs Kettle's shop, Station Road, Quorn
Mrs Kettle's shop on Station Road is now a private house. The roof used to be thatched ...... cont.
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 Manor House Hotel, early 1900s  Manor House Hotel, early 1900s
The photograph for this postcard was taken in the early 1900s. Unfortunately this scan is ...... cont.
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 Wright's factory Quorn, 1950s  Wright's factory Quorn, 1950s
This excellent photograph was taken at Wright's factory in Quorn in the 1950s. Names ...... cont.
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 Quorndon Co-operative Provident Society Ltd, Station Road  Quorndon Co-operative Provident Society Ltd, Station Road
The Co-operative Society store was built in 1862 on the site of the Blue Ball inn. It ...... cont.
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 Quorn and Woodhouse GCR Station 1962  Quorn and Woodhouse GCR Station 1962
Pictures of Quorn Station seem to be very rare. This is a photograph of BR Class 9F no ...... cont.
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 Burton's newsagents, 1936, 25 High Street, Quorn  Burton's newsagents, 1936, 25 High Street, Quorn
This article about Burton's newsagents on High Street, appeared in the Quorndon Magazine ...... cont.
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 Thomas Pepper, farmer and coal merchant, Quorn  Thomas Pepper, farmer and coal merchant, Quorn
This is a photograph taken in about 1910, is of a cart belonging to Thomas Pepper, a ...... cont.
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 North’s Post Office and grocery shop, Quorn Cross  North’s Post Office and grocery shop, Quorn Cross
Thomas North arrived in Quorn as a single man, in his early twenties in the late 1850s. ...... cont.
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 Situations Vacant at Wright's factory - 1964  Situations Vacant at Wright's factory - 1964
A thriving business, Wrights advertised for apprentices in 1964
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 “By their fruits ye shall know them” - 1874  “By their fruits ye shall know them” - 1874
There seems little doubt that the 'gentleman' complained about in this letter was the ...... cont.
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 Nineteen years character gone  Nineteen years character gone
Loughborough Herald - 24th May 1917 Richard Footit, signalman, Quorn, was summoned ...... cont.
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 Animosity to Cyclists - 1896  Animosity to Cyclists - 1896
Loughborough Herald - 5th November 1896 William Richardson, butcher, Quorn, pleaded ...... cont.
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 Herbert Washington France – Stationmaster, Quorn and Woodhouse Great Central Railway Station, 1899 to 1917  Herbert Washington France – Stationmaster, Quorn and Woodhouse Great Central Railway Station, 1899 to 1917
Herbert France was born in 1866. He became stationmaster at the Great Central Quorn and ...... cont.
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 Wright's Christmas Party - 1972  Wright's Christmas Party - 1972
29th December 1972 – Loughborough Echo M Wright and Sons of Quorn held their annual ...... cont.
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 High Street Quorn, 1944  High Street Quorn, 1944
This postcard of Quorn was printed by Raphael Tuck and Sons, probably one of the most ...... cont.
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 Hay and Straw Dealer's Affairs - 1905  Hay and Straw Dealer's Affairs - 1905
Loughborough Herald - 28th September 1905 Re Ernest Henry Ward, residing at Mansfield ...... cont.
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 Brick kilns, near Quorndon  Brick kilns, near Quorndon
Leicester Journal Friday 19th June 1812 Richard Freeman respectfully informs the ...... cont.
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 Outside Wright’s factory, Quorn  Outside Wright’s factory, Quorn
This photograph was taken outside Wright’s factory, probably just before WW1, or possibly ...... cont.
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 Businesses in Quorn - February 1963  Businesses in Quorn - February 1963
In 1963, a young Phil Child, who was born on Loughborough Road, Quorn, (and lives in the ...... cont.
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 The end of a Quorn landmark 1966  The end of a Quorn landmark 1966
Loughborough Echo - 2nd September 1966 The two gas holders on the riverside at ...... cont.
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 Wrights evacuation practice - 1940  Wrights evacuation practice - 1940
Loughborough Echo - 10th May 1940 An evacuation practice was held at Messrs Wright ...... cont.
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 Two Crescent factory - 1959  Two Crescent factory - 1959
The factory, owned by George Farnham was opened in 1952 with seven employees and made ...... cont.
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 Ex-detective superintendent saves life of Quorn man - 1958  Ex-detective superintendent saves life of Quorn man - 1958
Loughborough Echo - 4th April 1958 Prompt action by ex-Det. Supt. W. G. Bunker, of ...... cont.
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 Furious driving at Quorn - 1899  Furious driving at Quorn - 1899
Loughborough Herald - 13th July 1899 Wednesday – Before Rev R Burton (in the chair), ...... cont.
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 Quorn Co-op milk bottle  Quorn Co-op milk bottle
A half pint milk bottle from the Quorn Co-operative Society. Etched in red on the ...... cont.
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 Quorn Station 1970  Quorn Station 1970
Quorn Great Central Railway Station in 1970, looking very unloved in 1970 after the ...... cont.
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 Aerial view of Barrow Road and Howlett's Bus Station  Aerial view of Barrow Road and Howlett's Bus Station
Howlett's Bus Company was founded in Quorn by George Howlett in the early 1920s. The ...... cont.
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 The Hurst, Loughborough Road  The Hurst, Loughborough Road
For the first part of the last century The Hurst (23 Loughborough Road), was home to the ...... cont.
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 Advertisement for The Hurst garage - 1966  Advertisement for The Hurst garage - 1966
The garage stood next to the Hurst hotel, now the Chinese Chequers restaurant. It was a ...... cont.
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 Wakerley’s bakery, Quorn  Wakerley’s bakery, Quorn
Wakerley’s bakery was well known in Quorn for 75 years. The business was started by John ...... cont.
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 Wright's Children's Christmas Party - 1977  Wright's Children's Christmas Party - 1977
Loughborough Echo - 30th December 1977 About 40 children of employees of Messrs M ...... cont.
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 Sherriff Brothers - 1906  Sherriff Brothers - 1906
An advertisement for Sherriff Brothers, grocers and butchers from a village hall souvenir ...... cont.
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 Photographic envelope from Green's chemist, Quorn  Photographic envelope from Green's chemist, Quorn
Green's chemist was situated where James Alvey the hairdresser is today (2012), at 20 ...... cont.
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 The Forge on Meeting Street during the 1930s  The Forge on Meeting Street during the 1930s
One of the most notable families of blacksmiths in Quorn were the Holmes and their forge ...... cont.
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 Finette Webster, the bakers wife, learning to ride a bicycle!  Finette Webster, the bakers wife, learning to ride a bicycle!
Whilst this photograph is rather faded, it is especially interesting as it is very ...... cont.
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 Thomas Webster, baker, High Street, Quorn  Thomas Webster, baker, High Street, Quorn
This photograph was taken in the early 1900s outside the entrance to Beaumanor Hall. It ...... cont.
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 Thomas Webster, baker, High Street, Quorn  Thomas Webster, baker, High Street, Quorn
This is a picture of Thomas Webster's baker's shop on High Street Quorn, at the end of ...... cont.
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 Early Quorn Shops and Businesses - 1906  Early Quorn Shops and Businesses - 1906
This advertisement was taken from a souvenier brochure for the Christmas Bazaar held in ...... cont.
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 Mill House Inn, Leicester Road during floods in the 1920s  Mill House Inn, Leicester Road during floods in the 1920s
The Mill House Inn used to be on Leicester Road, abutting what are now Wright's factory ...... cont.
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 Thomas Webster, Baker, The Banks, Quorn  Thomas Webster, Baker, The Banks, Quorn
This is a rare picture of Thomas Webster's bakers shop on the Banks,Quorn, taken in the ...... cont.
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 Great Central Railway - Quorn Station  Great Central Railway - Quorn Station
These photographs were taken at Quorn Station. The first photograph was taken in 2011 ...... cont.
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 A Brief History of the Great Central Railway at Quorn  A Brief History of the Great Central Railway at Quorn
The photograph below was taken on Quorn Station in 1959. The engine standing in the ...... cont.
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 The Gas House, 106 Leicester Road, Quorn, 1961  The Gas House, 106 Leicester Road, Quorn, 1961
This rare photograph of the 'Gas House' on Leicester Road was taken in 1961 by the Brown ...... cont.
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 Mr Jack Penfold of Quorn retires  Mr Jack Penfold of Quorn retires
Loughborough Echo - 4th February 1977 50 years in the Mason's trade A career ...... cont.
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 Wright's children's party - 1972  Wright's children's party - 1972
Loughborough Echo - 14th January 1972 About 40 children had a grand time in the works ...... cont.
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 Charles & Spurr - 1968  Charles & Spurr - 1968
An advertisement from 1968. Can anybody recall this business?
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 Wright's Christmas Party  Wright's Christmas Party
Wright's elastic and webbing factory has been a major employer in Quorn since the 1800s. ...... cont.
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 Advertising Watch Key -Thomas Lucas, Watchmaker and Jeweller, Quorn  Advertising Watch Key -Thomas Lucas, Watchmaker and Jeweller, Quorn
This beautifully made little watch key is just 4cm (1.5 inches) long and turns smoothly ...... cont.
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 Quorn Gas Works 1960s  Quorn Gas Works 1960s
Quorn Gas Works on Leicester Road (where The Brinks is now), finished producing gas in ...... cont.
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 Quorn Gas Works - Early Days  Quorn Gas Works - Early Days
Today, most of us like to think of Quorn as a large, but rural village. However in the ...... cont.
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 Wright's Military Webbing WW2  Wright's Military Webbing WW2
During the first and second world wars Wrights were one of the largest suppliers of ...... cont.
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 Wright's Military Webbing WW2  Wright's Military Webbing WW2
During the first and second world wars Wrights were one of the largest suppliers of ...... cont.
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 Wright's Military Webbing WW2  Wright's Military Webbing WW2
During the first and second world wars Wrights were one of the largest suppliers of ...... cont.
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 Leicester Road, The Gas House - then and now  Leicester Road, The Gas House - then and now
The older picture was taken on Leicester Road in the 1930s. It is looking up from what is ...... cont.
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 Quorn by-pass stops business and housing plans inquiry told - 1960  Quorn by-pass stops business and housing plans inquiry told - 1960
Loughborough Monitor - December 9th 1960 Uncertainty about a proposed by-pass at ...... cont.
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 Advertisement - 1959  Advertisement - 1959
An advert for Robertshaw wool shop. This was the business of Norah Robertshaw which ...... cont.
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 Opening of Fish & Chip shop - 1968  Opening of Fish & Chip shop - 1968
12th January 1968 – Loughborough Echo Quorn Fish and Chip shop Tuesday of this week ...... cont.
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 Quorn man killed on railway track - failed to hear workmate's warning  Quorn man killed on railway track - failed to hear workmate's warning
Loughborough Echo - 19th September 1958 A 71 years old Quorn platelayer stepped clear ...... cont.
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 Ninety years old and cultivates 1,000 square yards of garden.  Ninety years old and cultivates 1,000 square yards of garden.
Loughborough Echo - 17th August 1945 Fine record of Quorn man Mr William Paget, of ...... cont.
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 Buddon Wood burns for three days - wildlife losses feared.  Buddon Wood burns for three days - wildlife losses feared.
Loughborough Echo - 16th July 1976 Local firemen tackled their toughest job of the ...... cont.
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 Hearse/Bier made by Joseph Hand on Freehold Street – More information needed!  Hearse/Bier made by Joseph Hand on Freehold Street – More information needed!
Quorn Village On-line Museum has been approached about the hearse/bier pictured below. ...... cont.
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 High Street Advert from 1959  High Street Advert from 1959
An advertisment for Aylward and Son, television engineers. It is interesting to note the ...... cont.
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 Death of Mr Aubrey Gamble of Quorn  Death of Mr Aubrey Gamble of Quorn
4th October 1974 - Loughborough Echo Death of Mr A P Gamble of Quorn On Friday ...... cont.
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 Number 85 Meeting Street – Fanny Clarke’s Shop  Number 85 Meeting Street – Fanny Clarke’s Shop
As you walk down Meeting Street, you pass an unassuming house, one of a small terrace, ...... cont.
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 Chiropodist Advertisement 1948  Chiropodist Advertisement 1948
This was probably a home-based business. Anthony Cove has added the following ...... cont.
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 An excise offence - 1898  An excise offence - 1898
Loughborough Herald - January 27th 1898 Wednesday – Before Rev R Burton (in the ...... cont.
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