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Quorn Business and Industry

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 village today.

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.


 White Hart, Quorn, matchbox label, 1980s  White Hart, Quorn, matchbox label, 1980s
This is a matchbox label, from a box of promotional matches, either given out or sold at ...... cont.
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 Quorn Griswold Workers 1896  Quorn Griswold Workers 1896
This item appeared in the newspaper in the second half of last century, but refers to ...... cont.
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 Sale of Quorn Fields Farm 1933  Sale of Quorn Fields Farm 1933
Quorn Fields Farm was situated down a long track off Barrow Road, now known as Flesh ...... cont.
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 Wright’s presentation watch, Miss Ellen Ball 1953  Wright’s presentation watch, Miss Ellen Ball 1953
Ellen Ball, known as Nell or Nellie, was born in Quorn in 1888. She worked at Wright’s ...... cont.
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 John Mellor Cars, Wood Lane, Quorn  John Mellor Cars, Wood Lane, Quorn
John Mellor Cars had premises in Loughborough and Quorn. The Quorn garage was on the ...... cont.
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 M Wright and Sons, WW2, producing military webbing for the USA  M Wright and Sons, WW2, producing military webbing for the USA
M Wright and Sons Ltd of Quorn produced American webbing alongside British military ...... cont.
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 Two Crescent Hosiery Co. Ltd, Quorn  Two Crescent Hosiery Co. Ltd, Quorn
Two Crescent Hosiery Co. Ltd was a hosiery company founded by George Farnham of Quorn ...... cont.
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 A Barge from Cupitt’s Coal Wharf, Quorn; at Mountsorrel Wharf, 1908  A Barge from Cupitt’s Coal Wharf, Quorn; at Mountsorrel Wharf, 1908
Explaining the Pictures Photographs 1 and 2 were taken at Mountsorrel Wharf in ...... cont.
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 Rural District of Barrow upon Soar - Official Guide  Rural District of Barrow upon Soar - Official Guide
This booklet ‘Rural District of Barrow upon Soar - Official Guide’ was published during ...... cont.
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 Quorn Cross, early 1960s  Quorn Cross, early 1960s
Although this view of Quorn looking from Meeting Street up towards Quorn Cross is easily ...... cont.
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 Barrow on Soar and Quorn Midland Railway Station  Barrow on Soar and Quorn Midland Railway Station
The old, now demolished, Midland Railway Station was very firmly in the Parish of Barrow ...... cont.
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 The Manor House Hotel, Woodhouse Road, Quorn  The Manor House Hotel, Woodhouse Road, Quorn
The Manor House Hotel on Woodhouse Road opened in 1899, the year after the opening of the ...... cont.
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 Quorn Fields Farm History – The Hickling family and farm sale in 1974  Quorn Fields Farm History – The Hickling family and farm sale in 1974
Quorn Fields Farm was situated down a long track off Barrow Road, now known as Flesh ...... cont.
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 Quorn Lodge Farm, 1952  Quorn Lodge Farm, 1952
The author of the following piece which appeared in the press in 1952, is describing a ...... cont.
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 The Moss family in Quorn and Quorn Fields/Lodge Farm  The Moss family in Quorn and Quorn Fields/Lodge Farm
The milk bottle below was dug up from an old tip in Quorn and dates from the 1920s. It is ...... cont.
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 Buddon Wood, Quorn, Trig Point, 1950s  Buddon Wood, Quorn, Trig Point, 1950s
Before 1974, Buddon Wood in the south of Quorn Parish, off Wood Lane, was beautiful ...... cont.
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 Bennett’s Trade Directory 1901-02 – Quorn entries  Bennett’s Trade Directory 1901-02 – Quorn entries
Below is the Quorn section from Bennetts trade directory for Leicestershire for 1901/02. ...... cont.
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 Bennett’s Trade Directory 1899 – Quorn entries  Bennett’s Trade Directory 1899 – Quorn entries
Below is the Quorn section from Bennetts trade directory for Leicestershire for 1899. ...... cont.
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 Wrights Directory 1899 – Quorn entries  Wrights Directory 1899 – Quorn entries
Trade directories are a valuable source of information for both the local and family ...... cont.
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 Kelly's Directory 1899 – Quorndon entries  Kelly's Directory 1899 – Quorndon entries
Directories are a valuable source of information for both the local and family historian. ...... cont.
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 Frederick Penfold, Quorn stonemason  Frederick Penfold, Quorn stonemason
Frederick Richard Penfold was a stonemason who had his business in Quorn. He married ...... cont.
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 Wrights Directory 1898 – Quorn entries  Wrights Directory 1898 – Quorn entries
Wrights Directory 1898 – Quorn entries Trade directories are a valuable source of ...... cont.
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 George Gartshore (1830 to 1917), farrier to the Quorn Hunt  George Gartshore (1830 to 1917), farrier to the Quorn Hunt
This document relates to the payment of expenses to George Gartshore by his employer, ...... cont.
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 Wright's Directory 1896 – Quorndon entries  Wright's Directory 1896 – Quorndon entries
Trade directories are a valuable source of information for both the local and family ...... cont.
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 Gambles building firm, 1950s  Gambles building firm, 1950s
Brothers Ron and Aubrey Gamble ran a building firm in Quorn, G Gamble and Sons, which was ...... cont.
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Total: 349 artefacts returned over 14 pages


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