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
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.
Total: 319 artefacts returned over 4 pages
| Bull in the Hollow/Needless Inn|
The Bull in the Hollow is a well-known landmark, standing as it does on the main road ...... cont.
| Quorn, Hunt Class railway engine|
Over the years Quorn has given its name to many products; from ships to custard and ...... cont.
| A fete in Quorn, probably 1940s|
Quorn has always liked a good fete or celebration and it is thought that this one may ...... cont.
| Hilda and Mary Harper, Leicester Road, 27th May 1941|
Looking down Leicester Road from outside no 14, which is roughly where the entrance to ...... cont.
| John Henry Boyer Warner, 2 September 1849 – 12 April 1891|
JHB as he was known is remembered locally for selecting ‘Quorn’ as the name for a small ...... cont.
| King William IVth pub, Leicester Road, 1930s|
A rare coloured photograph of the King William IVth pub, which stood on Leicester Road, ...... cont.
| Harold Crossley, Quorn Fields Farm|
Harold Crossley was a hostler (ie he looked after the horses), employed by farmer Percy ...... cont.
| Three Quorn businessmen|
These three Quorn men are (left to right) Stan Orton, Tommy Howlett and Frank Hudson. ...... cont.
| The Quorn Ranch Company, North America|
The Quorn Ranch(e) Company was an English syndicate formed in 1886 ...... cont.
| A Quorn football team, circa 1919|
This photograph is a football team taken in Quorn. The player on the back row, (second ...... cont.
| Marquees for M Wright and Sons Centenary 1960|
Marquees on the field on School Lane, ready for the Wright’s centenary celebration event ...... cont.
| Medicine bottle from Green's chemist, Quorn|
This medicine bottle came from Green's chemist on High Street, which was situated where ...... cont.
| Alfred Charles Morrison of Quorn - Pioneer of the electric milk float|
A fascinating article about Alfred Morrison, a former village resident, who was an ...... cont.
| Machine shop at M. Wright and Sons, Quorn, early 1920s|
In the 1920s the machines were belt driven, feeding off overhead line-shafting. As well ...... cont.
| M. Wright and Sons factory, Quorn, approx 1880|
Fifteen men standing outside M. Wright and Sons factory in about 1880, possibly a little ...... cont.
| Manor House Hotel, Quorn|
The Manor House Hotel on Woodhouse Road opposite the railway station, was built for the ...... cont.
| M Wright and Sons, Quorn - Centenary Celebration, 1960 - Programme|
M Wright and Sons, elastic webbing manufacturers, started in Leicester in 1860 and moved ...... cont.
| Thompson and Gamble, builders of the Cradock Drive housing development|
Who were Thompson and Gamble?
Thompson and Gamble were a well-known ...... cont.
| The QUORN Tool and Cutter Grinder|
Since its launch in 1974, the Quorn Tool and Cutter Grinder has achieved legendary status ...... cont.
| 12 Freehold Street, Quorn – Shop and Off-Licence|
The first of these photographs was taken in about 1909 and shows Joseph Birkin standing ...... cont.
| M Wright and Sons, Quorn – Winding Room|
Wright’s factory has been in Quorn since 1870. This photograph of the winding room is ...... cont.
| Robert Sutton, Quorn Family Butcher|
This photograph was taken on High Street in Quorn around 1920, and shows Robert and Gerty ...... cont.
| Air raid shelter in Quorn|
World War Two started in 1939 and continued for six years. During this time there was ...... cont.
| The Mill House pub, Quorn, ladies darts team, October 1947|
Loughborough Echo, Friday, 17th October 1947
The Mill House pub was on Leicester Road, ...... cont.
| M Wright & Sons Ltd, New automatic weaving looms, January 1947|
Loughborough Echo, Friday, 31st January 1947
Invention by Quorn man
New ...... cont.
| A unique Quorn business - ships in bottles!|
One of the most unusual small businesses that Quorn has supported over the years, must be ...... cont.
| ‘Quorna’ Tape, made by M. Wright and Sons of Quorn|
‘Quorna’ was a brand name used by Wrights factory in Quorn in the early and middle parts ...... cont.
| Meeting Street, Quorn – Then and now|
The earlier of these two photographs is thought to have been taken in about 1911. The ...... cont.
| Thomas Cradock of Quorn Court|
Thomas Cradock was born in Loughborough in 1795. He married Mary Octavia Grover (known as ...... cont.
| Thomas Lucas, jeweller, Quorn - Watch paper|
Watch papers were round papers, placed between the inner and outer case of a pocket ...... cont.
| Video - Tom Long haymaking in his meadow, 1960s|
This converted cine film shows Tom Long making hay in his meadow in the early 1960s. The ...... cont.
| Blacksmiths shop, Meeting Street, Quorn, 1935|
On Saturday 17th August 1935, The Illustrated Leicester Chronicle published this ...... cont.
| Home Farm and the Pepper Family|
Life in Quorn was very different in the 1900s, with many more farms in the village. One ...... cont.
| Ploughing prize, 1848, William Sarson, Quorn|
The wording on this impressive tankard says:
“1st PRIZE for Ploughing
Presented by ...... cont.
| Jackie Mann – Quorn farmer, Soar Road, early 1900s|
John Mann, or Jackie as he was known, was born in Barrow upon Soar in 1854. On 12th ...... cont.
| Charles Tomblin – killed near Quorn Station, September 1936|
Charles Tomblin was born in Barrowden in Rutland on 14th April 1871, one of five ...... cont.
| C. A. Taylor, Tobacconist, Quorn|
This letterhead and business card was kindly given to Quorn Village Online Museum in ...... cont.
| 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.
| 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.
| Quorn Laundry buildings|
Quorn Laundry was based on Barrow Road, where Quorndon Terrace is today. This photograph ...... cont.
| Quorn Hygienic Laundry basket|
This Quorn laundry basket (or hamper) was used by the Pagets from Nanpantan Hall in ...... cont.
| Masterbuilder construction set, made in Quorn 1940s|
This is definitely one of the more unusual Quorn artefacts that has come to ...... cont.
| 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.
| Postcard – Mountsorrel Quarry 1909|
This postcard raises many questions!
It may be asked how a Mountsorrel Quarry postcard ...... cont.
| WW1 Puttees! Made by M Wright and Sons|
This advert appeared regularly in the Tatler between 1917 and 1919. It is advertising ...... cont.
| Quorn cigarette tin, early 1900s|
This Quorn cigarette tin is very well worn and we think is a very rare find. Underneath ...... cont.
| 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.
| Church Room fundraising fete, June 1929|
In 1922 a committee was formed to raise funds for the building of a Church Room. Several ...... cont.
| Insurance plaques, Quorn|
Beginning in the 18th century, insurance fire plaques were attached high up on buildings, ...... cont.
| Bus on Leicester Road, Quorn, 1910|
This fantastic photograph was taken on the east side of Leicester Road in 1910. The house ...... cont.
| Two buses at Quorn Cross, 1930|
A very interesting street scene showing Quorn Cross in about 1930. Whilst the quality of ...... cont.
| Wright's Factory, weaving room 1923/24|
One of the elastic weaving rooms at Wright's factory, Quorn in 1923 or 1924.
The ...... cont.
| Tommy Allen 1911 to 1996|
Thomas William Allen was born on 30th April 1911 at 46 Meeting Street and lived in Quorn ...... cont.
| High Street, Quorn in the 1950s|
Two photographs of High Street, Quorn, looking towards Quorn Cross, in the 1950s, showing ...... cont.
| William Wilders – Carrier of Quorn|
William Wilders was born in Quorn in 1838 and died in 1893. We are lucky to have this ...... cont.
| Quorn Building Society|
Quorn Building Society, or as it was originally known, the Quorndon and Neighbourhood ...... cont.
| Wrights Factory Rules, 1946|
The poster below hung in Wrights factory on Leicester Road for many years. It dates back ...... cont.
| Soar Valley News, April 1977|
The Soar Valley News was a four page, black and white community newspaper/newsletter type ...... cont.
| 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.
| Howlett’s Bus Company, Quorn|
This is a Bedford OWB Duple bus, registration number DAY137, built during WW2. Howlett’s ...... cont.
| 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.
| 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.
| Quorn bus, 1929|
In the 1920s and 1930s there were several different firms running buses through Quorn. ...... cont.
| Meeting Street, Quorn|
As the years go by and as Quorn Village On-line Museum continues to grow, it becomes ...... cont.
| 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.
| Quorn Station 1937|
This is a photograph taken on Quorn railway station when it was run by the London & North ...... cont.
| 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.
| Misses E & M White – Homemade cakes price list|
This price list dates from about 1910. Ethel and Muriel White were the daughters of ...... cont.
| 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.
| Ann at Quorn’, High Street, Quorn|
‘Ann at Quorn’ was a high class clothes shop at 20 High Street in Quorn. It was ...... cont.
| WW1, Wrights factory ‘War Service’ lapel badge|
During WW1 Wrights factory in Quorn was employing over 2,000 people and working round the ...... cont.
| 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.
| Manor House Hotel, early 1900s|
The photograph for this postcard was taken in the early 1900s. Unfortunately this scan is ...... cont.
| Wright's factory Quorn, 1950s|
This excellent photograph was taken at Wright's factory in Quorn in the 1950s.
Names ...... cont.
| 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.
| 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.
| Burton's newsagents, 1936, 25 High Street, Quorn|
This article about Burton's newsagents on High Street, appeared in the Quorndon Magazine ...... cont.
| 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.
| 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.
| Animosity to Cyclists - 1896|
Loughborough Herald - 5th November 1896
William Richardson, butcher, Quorn, pleaded ...... cont.
| Nineteen years character gone|
Loughborough Herald - 24th May 1917
Richard Footit, signalman, Quorn, was summoned ...... cont.
| “By their fruits ye shall know them” - 1874|
There seems little doubt that the 'gentleman' complained about in this letter was the ...... cont.
| Situations Vacant at Wright's factory - 1964|
A thriving business, Wrights advertised for apprentices in 1964
| 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.
| Wright's Christmas Party - 1972|
29th December 1972 – Loughborough Echo
M Wright and Sons of Quorn held their annual ...... cont.
| High Street Quorn, 1944|
This postcard of Quorn was printed by Raphael Tuck and Sons, probably one of the most ...... cont.
| Hay and Straw Dealer's Affairs - 1905|
Loughborough Herald - 28th September 1905
Re Ernest Henry Ward, residing at Mansfield ...... cont.
| Brick kilns, near Quorndon|
Friday 19th June 1812
Richard Freeman respectfully informs the ...... cont.
| Outside Wright’s factory, Quorn|
This photograph was taken outside Wright’s factory, probably just before WW1, or possibly ...... cont.
| Businesses in Quorn - February 1963|
In 1963, a young Phil Child, who was born on Loughborough Road, Quorn, (and lives in the ...... cont.
| Two Crescent factory - 1959|
The factory, owned by George Farnham was opened in 1952 with seven employees and made ...... cont.
| Wrights evacuation practice - 1940|
Loughborough Echo - 10th May 1940
An evacuation practice was held at Messrs Wright ...... cont.
| The end of a Quorn landmark 1966|
Loughborough Echo - 2nd September 1966
The two gas holders on the riverside at ...... cont.
| Furious driving at Quorn - 1899|
Loughborough Herald - 13th July 1899
Wednesday – Before Rev R Burton (in the chair), ...... cont.
| 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.
| Quorn Co-op milk bottle|
A half pint milk bottle from the Quorn Co-operative Society.
Etched in red on the ...... cont.
| Quorn Station 1970|
Quorn Great Central Railway Station in 1970, looking very unloved in 1970 after the ...... cont.
| 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.
| The Hurst, Loughborough Road|
For the first part of the last century The Hurst (23 Loughborough Road), was home to the ...... cont.
| Advertisement for The Hurst garage - 1966|
The garage stood next to the Hurst hotel, now the Chinese Chequers restaurant. It was a ...... cont.