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65 Loughborough Road, Quorn

Occupants of 65 Loughborough Road
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 1890s 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.

The Facer family continued to live in the same house, and even after Harry (senior) died in 1949, brother and sister [Harry (junior) and Lucy (junior)], neither of whom married, lived their together. Harry died in 1952, only three years after his father. Lucy moved to live in bungalow almost opposite her old home and sold no. 65 to Herbert and Eileen Bennett.

The Bennetts lived there for 12 years, before moving to Woodhouse Eaves in 1967. John Bennett, who contacted the museum team 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 Lovetts were not there for many years, before they sold the house to Margaret and David Latimer. Shortly after Margaret and David moved in, they discovered a carrier bag in the attic room, containing five picture frames. These had obviously been left there by Lucy Facer as they contained old Facer family photographs (see Artefact 1119 and Artefact 2265), and the WW1 memorial scroll which would have been sent to the family after Percy Facer was killed in action.

1) This 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! Herbert Bennett passed away early in 2016 at the grand age of 93.

2) The house in about 1909, when the Facers lived there. It is almost certain that the girl standing up is Lucy Facer, the boy on the left is Harry Facer and the child standing between the two youngest ones is Percy.

3) A modern photograph of 65 Loughborough Road.

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