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: 320 artefacts returned over 7 pages
| 22 High Street, Quorn - discovery behind a wall!|
In September 2021, local optometrist Mohammed Bhojani was having some alterations ...... cont.
| 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.