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Wrights Directory 1899 – Quorn entries

Trade directories are a valuable source of information for both the local and family historian. Below is the Quorn section from Wrights Directory for Leicestershire for 1899:

Quorn (formerly called Quorndon) is a parish and township in the Barrow union, on the west side of the Soar, and consists of one long main street, on the Leicester and Loughborough turnpike, and three other streets branching from it. It is 8 ½ miles N from Leicester, 2 ½ SSE from Loughborough, 1 ½ NNW from Mountsorrel and 1 W from the Midland station, at Barrow and ¾ mile from the Great Central. It is in the Loughborough division, West Goscote hundred, rural deanery of East Akeley, Loughborough County Court district and division of Quorn for the County Council. The river Soar intersects the eastern portion, which is comparatively flat, but there are some excellent drives and walks in the vicinity, from which good views of the Charnwood hills are obtained. Many of the inhabitants are employed in a large elastic web factory. The Earl of Lanesborough is Lord of the Manor, but the land belongs to W. E. Farnham, Esq., Mrs. Herrick, E. H. Warner esq., and some smaller freeholders. Quorndon House, one of the residences of the Farnham family is situated to the south of the village, on the northern declivity of the lofty range of hills extending from Charnwood Forest to Mountsorrel. The Hall, which is the residence of Mr Edward Warner, is on the north east. It formerly belonged to Mr. H. Meynell, the celebrated sportsman, and has been many times occupied by the Masters of the Quorn Hounds, the kennels being near the hall. The chapelry of Quorndon was enclosed and the tithes commuted in 1765. St Bartholomew’s Church is an Early English structure, with Decorated additions. The Farnham Chantry Chapel, built in the 13 century , adjoins the church and contains several memorials of the family; the great ancestor, Sir Robert de Farnham, came to England with William the Conqueror. There is a fine alabaster altar tomb to the memory of Sir John Farnham who died 1587. The north aisle was enlarged 31 years ago, at a cost of £700, and a new vicarage house was built in 1837, at a cost of £1,200. The church was repaired and restored under the direction of Mr. E. Christian, in 1865-6, at a cost of over £2,000. Several stained memorial windows have been put in, three of which are by Wailes & Son of Newcastle. Two additional bells were placed in the tower in 1886 at the cost of Mr. Farnham, and the same gentleman also expended £500 in the purchase of an organ, built by Mr. S Taylor, of Leicester. During the year 1887 the church was restored at the expense of over £500, defrayed by Mr. Farnham. The monuments and slabs were re-cut or restored, the chapel newly floored, and oak panelling introduced. In 1890 a handsome fresco painting by Mr. F. Oldacre, of Epsom, was placed on the wall in the rear of the font. A two-light stained window has been inserted in the south chapel, to the memory of the late vicar. The Registers date from 1576. By order of Council, dated July 30th, 1868, Quorn was separated from Barrow, and constituted a separate ecclesiastical parish. The living is a vicarage of the yearly value of £110, in the patronage of the Bishop of Peterborough. The General Baptist Chapel was built in 1870. The Wesleyan Chapel, built in 1822, was renovated in 1861. There are also a Primitive Methodist and Roman Catholic Chapels, several Friendly Societies, lodges of Odd Fellows, Building Society, and Allotment Society, by which plots of 600 yards each are let at small rents.
The Urban Council consists of nine members, one third of whom retire annually, but are eligible for re-election. The Gas Works were established in 1853, at a cost of £3300, raised in £5 shares, and now having a capital of £5000. Quorn, Mountsorrel and Barrow are supplied from these works, and the charge to small consumers is 4s 7d per 1,000 feet, but much lower to large consumers. Mr J Camm is the manager; and Mr W J Woolley, solicitor (Loughborough), the secretary. The place is supplied with water by the Leicester Corporation, for which the Local Board is charged at the rate of 4d per 1000 gallons. The Village Hall is on the main road. It contains a capital room (holding 500) suitable for lectures and entertainment: the Urban Council hold their meetings here. Secretary, Mr G White, Rose Cottage, Quorn. A Reading Room and Library were started in 1886 by Messrs M Wright and Sons. The National School was built in 1835, and an Infant School in 1837, by the trustees of the charity estate, but they are mainly supported by subscriptions and the pupils’ fees. An estate, given by various donors has been voted in trust from an early period, for the support of a minister and schoolmaster, the reparation of the bridges, and relief of the poor. It now produces about £120 a year. The trustees pay £12 to the vicar, £35 towards the schools, the remainder in coals, clothing &c., to the poor, and the repairs on the charity estate. The charity of Thomas Rawlins, under which the school was formerly maintained at Woodhouse, has been remodelled under a Scheme of the Court of Chancery, and a secondary school has been established at Quorn. In 1897 school buildings were erected at a cost of £3,500 with accommodation for boarders, also a technical School for the teaching of manual and scientific subjects. In 1898 girls were admitted for the first time as well as boys. Head Master, Mr. E. W. Hensman. In 1691, Mrs Margaret Kaye left an annual rent charge of 30s for the poor out of her estate, now belonging to Mr Farnham, and it is distributed in bread on Good Friday. The dividends of £220.7s.9d three per cent stock, purchased with £200, left by the Rev. John Prior in 1830 are also distributed in bread in January. In 1827, George Hyde left £1000 for the poor; but it was not paid till 1838, when it was recovered, with arrears of interest, after a Chancery suit. The proceeds are distributed yearly among the poor of Quorn. In 1878 Miss Farnham devised a sum of £500, the interest of which is distributed in sums of 5s and upwards to poor persons of Quorn, who have not received parish relief for two years. In 1890 the late Mr. Anstead left a sum which produces £5 13s yearly, and is distributed to the poor in bacon and groceries. Acreage of the township, 2,120; rateable value £11,713 18s 2d. (land £2,628 3s 4d. : buildings, £9,085 14s 10d. ); population in 1891, 1,888; in 1897, about 2,500.

Post, M.O. & T.O., T. M. O., Express Delivery, Parcel Post, S. B. & Annuity & Insurance Office, Letters through Loughborough.

Urban District Council.– Messrs J. D. Cradock (chairman), Jas. Bolesworth, T. Chapman, J. Darker, D. Hack, T. North, Thomas Pepper, and R. Thompson, Clerk, Mr. Geo. White; Nuisance Inspector, B. Fewkes; Collector, Mr James Camm

St Bartholomew’s Church – Services, week days 10a.m. And 6.30 p.m.; Sunday at 11, 2.45 and 6-30. H.C. At 8, also first Sunday in month at mid-day. Vicar, Rev E. Foord-Kelcey, M. A. ; Wardens Messrs W. Thornton and M. Hayward ; Organist, Mr. V. Dearden (Leicester). Hymns A. and M.

Adams Charles - Master National School
Adcock Jonathan - Grocer, shopkeeper & beer retailer
Adcock Walter P. C. - Barrow Street
Ashby Mrs. - Carrier, to Loughboro'. Thurs. & Sat.
Backhouse William Henry - Registered plumber glazier & gasfitter sanitary & hot water engineer
Barlow Miss Elisa - The Gables
Bates Thomas - Joiner & wheelwright
Birkin Luke - Grocer, shopkeeper & beer retailer
Bolesworth James John - Farmer & grazier, Cheveney House
Bonser William - Boot maker
Boyer John - Grocer & shopkeeper
Boyer Joseph - Boot maker
Bramley Mrs. Mary - Dress maker
Briers Joseph Arthur - Grocer, shopkeeper & publican bho. Pig & Whistle, Barrow Street
Brittain Charles Ed. B.Sc. - Science master Rawlins school
Brown Joseph - Agent Prudential Building Society Wright's Institute Freehold Street J. Camm sec
Brown Mr. Oliver Stanley - Wood view
Bust William W. - Great Central station master
Camm James - Rate collector registrar of births deaths & marriages for sub-district of Barrow & manager Quorn & Mountsorrel Gas Company
Carr Edward - Boot maker
Cart John Henry - Butcher, Barrow Street
Chapman Charles & George Chapman - Farmer & grazier
Chapman Thomas - Publican, bho. Apple Tree
Clarke Charles - Grocer & shopkeeper
Claypole Mr. Henry - Beacon Villa
Cooper Mr. William
Corlett Isabella Miss - Teacher National School
Cradock Mr. John Davys - Quorn court
Cross Charles - Farmer & grazier (foreman), Quorn fields
Cuffling James - Insurance agent
Cuffling Mrs. Ann
Darker John - Farmer & grazier, Westfield farm
Darker Solomon - Registrar of births & deaths for sub-district of Quorn
Davies Mrs. Kate - Grocer, shopkeeper & confectioner
Davis Samuel - Plumber & glazier
Disney Henry - Secretary of Quorn Co-op. Provident Society
Disney John - Boot maker & factor
Ellis Joseph & Son Ltd. Coal - Corn & cake merchants, Station wharf
Facer Frank - Grocer, shopkeeper, proprietor Havelock coffee house & cycle & insurance agent
Facer Henry - News agent, tobacconist &c, Barrow Street
Facer Henry - Grocer, shopkeeper, joiner & news agent
Fewkes Mr. Benjamin - Forest view
Fewkes William Henry, - Joiner, builder & contractor
Foord-Kelcey Rev. Edward M.A. - Vicarage
Frisby George - Grocer & shopkeeper
Gamble Thomas - Farmer & grazier, general carter & coal dealer
Gartshore Edwin John - Farrier to P.A.O. Leicestershire Yeomanry Cavalry
Greasley Edward - Forman at Gas works
Greeton Miss Fanny - Verandah cottage
Groom William - Publican, beer retailer & shoeing smith, Mill house
Hack David Smith - Grocer, shopkeeper & boot maker
Hack Miss Hannah Mary - Dress maker & draper & milliner
Hanson Miss - Teacher National School
Hardy Arthur - Grocer, shopkeeper & confectioner
Harper William - Grocer & shopkeeper, Leicester Road
Harris Samuel - Surgeon
Hawker Miss Elizabeth Henrietta - The Cottage
Hayward Mr. John Alfred Le Mesurier – Quorn Place
Heaps William - Cottage & cow keeper, carter and carrier, to Loughboro'. W
Heighton Edwin - Publican, bho. Three Crowns
Hensman Edward Walker M.A. London. - Headmaster, The Rawlins School
Holmes John Thomas - Blacksmith
Horspool Joseph - Builder & contractor
Hulbert Mrs. Vere - Dress maker
Hurst Kate Miss - Teacher National School
Inglesant Mr. William Harris
Jacques Miss Emma - Private school
Johnson John - Agent to the Star Insurance
Johnson Mrs. Ellen - Dress maker
Kegle Walter - Huntsman at the Kennels
Kinch Mrs. Hephzibah - Publican, bho. King William IV
King William - Grocer, shopkeeper & sexton
Laundan Ernest Clarendon - Warehouse man
Leslie Walter William - Saddler; & at Loughborough
Lonsdale (Hugh Cecil) Earl of - Soar house & Carlton House Terrace 14 Pall Mall London
Loughborough & Charnwood Forest Coal Co., Station wharf
Lovett Charles - Carrier, to Loughboro'. Daily
Lucas Thomas junior - General dealer & watch maker
Martin Henry - Cottage & cow keeper and publican bho Blacksmith's Arms
Martin Israel - Draper & bricklayer
Martin John - Clock & watch maker
Martin Miss Thirza - Dress maker
Martin Mrs. Maria - Draper and fancy draper
McAlpin Kenneth (solicitor Leicester)
Mee Charles - Foreman
Middleton Robert - Hair dresser
Moss John - Farmer, grazier & butcher, Quorn Fields
Needham Joseph Cooper - Publican, bho. Royal Oak
North Thomas - Grocer, shopkeeper, tallow chandler, Post office
Paget William - Grocer & shopkeeper
Pares Mrs. Murial Lillian - The Cottage
Parker Christopher Theophilus esq. J.P., Quorn lodge
Pearce William - Contractor's foreman
Pepper Thomas - Farmer & grazier & coal dealer
Priestley George - General dealer, grocer, shopkeeper and lamp & oil dealer
Quorn Co-op. & Provident Society - Draper
Revell Mrs. Emma - Dress maker & milliner
Richardson William - Farmer & grazier & butcher
Robinson Mr. James Royland
Rue Mrs. Ann - Grocer & shopkeeper
Rumbsy James - Publican, v. White Hart
Sanders John - Joiner, builder & timber merchant & saw mill proprietor
Sault Alfred - Publican v. Bull's head; home The Elms
Scotcher Henry William - Publican, v. White Horse
Scott Thomas - Chimney sweeper
Shenton Thomas - Clerk
Shuttlewood Mr. Jesse
Simpson William (Thomas Holmes, manager); & at Mountsorrel - Butcher
Smith Misses Maria & Lucy
Smithard John Henry - Manager of Quorn Co-op. Provident Society
Speight W. - Clerk, Bleak house
Squire Archibald - Gardener at The Hall
Stephens Richard Joseph (architect)
Super Mrs. Jemima - Vine House
Swain Miss Annie - Dress maker
Swain William Yalding - Painter & gravestone cutter
Thompson Miss Ada - Dress maker
Thompson Mr. Robert - New Quorn house
Thornton Mrs. Harriet - Dress maker
Thornton William - Tailor & draper
Thornton William - Draper & tailor
Turner Samuel - Boot maker
Turner William - Manager at Wright & Sons
Unitt James Arthur - Surgeon
Waddington Mrs. Emma - Baker
Ward John - Farmer, grazier and hay & straw dealer
Ward John T. - Coal & lime merchant
Warner Edward Handley esq. J.P. - Quorn Hall
Webster Thomas - Baker
Webster William - Grocer, shopkeeper & baker
White George - Clerk to Local Board, secretary Quorn Village Hall Co. Ltd, secretary Conservative Club, home Rose Cottage
White John - Surveyor
Whittle William - Farmer & grazier
Wilders Mrs. Elizabeth - Furniture dealer
Wilkinson Miss Selina - Grocer & shopkeeper
Wilkinson Stephen - Cottage & cow keeper and shopkeeper
Wilson Miss Z. - Grocer & shopkeeper, Barrow Street
Wisehall John Buxton - Grocer, shopkeeper & confectioner
Woodward John Hawkes - Farmer & grazier, Westfield House
Wright James - M. Wright & Sons, elastic & web manufacturers
Wright Philip - M. Wright & Sons, elastic & web manufacturers
Wright William - M. Wright & Sons, elastic & web manufacturers, home Loughborough Road
Wykes Mrs. Sarah - Midwife
York John - Carrier, to Loughboro'. M., W., Th., Sat. ; Leicester, Tu. & F.

 Submitted on: 2023-03-01
 Submitted by: Gillian Ackers
 Artefact ID: 2521

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