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Picturesque local inn to go - Road widening scheme

Loughborough Echo 7th January 1938

One of Leicestershire’s oldest landmarks, the famous old country inn “King William the Fourth,” situated on the main Leicester-Loughborough road at Quorn, may soon be demolished under a County Council road improvement plan.
The famous hostelry is the property of Alderman F.A. Stenspon, the owner of other public houses in this district, and stands on the main road on the Mountsorrel side of the village. It is reputed to be at least 600 years old and has many associations which connect it with the past.

The County Council scheme provides for widening the roadway at the point occupied by the building shown in the photograph and will necessitate the demolition of the projecting portion of the building and the utilisation of the front garden, but it is practically certain that when the Council plans are put into operation the whole of the building will be demolished.

Alderman Stenson has purchased the house which stands adjoining the “King William the Fourth”, once the residence of Tom Firr, the famous huntsman of the Quorn Hounds, and, subject to the sanction of the licensing authority, will transfer the business to that property in time.

This hostelry is certainly one of the most interesting in the Midlands and one of a type that is fast disappearing. In its construction there are five different types of architecture. One of the bedrooms contains a quaint fireplace with a chimney only a brick wide. The fireplace itself only five inches wide and is 18 inches in depth.
Between the year 1864 and 1933 the house was owned in turn by four generations of the Kinch family.

The manager of the house is Mr. Fred Hammond.

 Submitted on: 2011-07-14
 Submitted by: Christine Sibcy
 Artefact ID: 1329
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