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Alfred Thomas Warbis – The Old Bulls Head, Quorn

Alfred Thomas Warbis worked in advertising, but in addition produced 1,000s of pen and ink drawings of buildings and scenes in the areas where he lived. Many were published by the Loughborough Echo between 1950 and 1974 under the title ‘From an Artist’s Sketch-Book’. Each was accompanied by a small article about the building illustrated, which included its history, its owners or previous owners and its location. These articles were written either by Alfred or his wife Mary.

Below is a photograph of Alfred Warbis.
The pen and ink drawing (also below) appeared in the Loughborough Echo on Friday 25th August 1950 along with the following narrative:

From an Artist’s Sketch-Book (16)
The great rebellion in the reign of George II had not been quelled by the defeat at Culleden of the Pretender, Prince Charlie, when the house at Quorn, shown in our sketch, was erected in 1744. Only a few years previously had died Daniel Defoe, the author of “Robinson Crusoe” and William Hogarth was still painting his pictures.

The building stands at the right hand of the main road from Loughboro’ to Leicester. Heavily timbered, both inside and out, and in a good state of preservation, it is a fine example of a characteristic building of the period picturesquely situated and striking in appearance.

Prior to its occupation during the late war by the A.T.S. it was known as the Bull’s Head Inn, the building adjoining, erected about 50 years ago, forming part of it. Four years ago the present proprietor, Mr. Preston, transformed it into a busy guest house for visitors who arrived from all parts of the homeland and overseas.

More of Alfred Warbis’s Quorn sketches can be seen by clicking HERE. Courtesy of the Warbis family.

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 Submitted on: 2023-12-14
 Submitted by: Chris Sibcy with additional information by Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 2562
 Artefact URL: www.quornmuseum.com/display.php?id=2562
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