Description in 1877:
"Loughborough, the second manufacturing and market town in the county, has been greatly improved and extended during the present century, and is pleasantly situated on the western side of the Soar Navigation and the Midland Railway, 11 miles N. by W. of Leicester, 15 S. by W. of Nottingham, 17 miles S. E. of Derby, and 108 N. N. W. of London, to which it was a great thoroughfare for coaches, vans &c., from the north, before the opening of the railway on which it has a commodious station. The Charnwood Forest Railway, now in the course of construction, will extend from Loughborough, by Sheepshed, to Coalville. The line will be worked by the London and North-Western Railway Company. Loughborough is a polling place, and the principal place of election for the Parliamentary representatives of the Northern Division of Leicestershire; and gives name to a Poor Law Union, and a County Court District. The navigation of the River Soar, is brought close to the east side of the town, by a canal, cut about 1776, and communicates directly with the Trent, and with Leicester and the Union Canal. A tramway , extending about 2 1/2 miles westward, to Broadhurst Hill, connected the town with Charnwood Forest Canal, which was formed about 1823, but has never been used and has long been dry. Few towns experienced a more rapid increase during the first thirty years of the present century than Loughborough; and for this increase it is indebted to the manufacture of worsted hosiery, introduced by the late Joseph Paget, Esq., and Mr. John Cook; to the spinning of mohair, a patent for which was obtained by the late Mr. Cartwright; to the great increase of cotton hosiery; and chiefly to the introduction of the lace, or bobbin net machine, by Messrs. Heathcoat and Lacey, in 1809." White's "History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland, 3rd Edition," 1877
The town had the Permanent Library in Baxtergate by 1848, with 3,500 volumes of books. The Free Library, listed below, was built in 1904 and was the gift of Andrew Carnegie. It was formally opened on 21 June, 1905
The Cemetery was formed in 1857 and is on Leicester road. It contained two mortuary chapels and was placed under the Burial Board of the parish.
The Cemetery was enlarged in 1892 to cover 12.5 acres.
Loughborough Cemetries Burials Index is available on microfiche from the Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society. Each of five fiches covering the years 1857-1877, 1877-1891, 1891-1903, 1903-1916, 1916-1929 respectively can be obtained at a cost of £1.95 each.
The parish was in the Leake sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
The 1851 Census for Leicestershire has been indexed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society. The whole index is available on microfiche. The society has also published it in print. Volumes 15, 16 and 17 covering the Loughborough Registration District.
The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
The town was divided into two ecclesiastical parishes; All Saints and Emmanuel. In 1879 a third ecclesiastical parish was added for Holy Trinity. A fourth was created when St. Peter's was added.
All Saints church was erected around the close of the 16th century.
All Saints church was completely restored in 1862.
All Saints church seats about 1,000.
Emmanuel church was erected and consecrated on 6 September, 1837.
Emmanuel church seats 850.
Good Shepherd grew out of a Women’s Friendly Group in Shelthorpe, a pre-war housing estate on the south side of Loughborough, in the 1930s. The church was built in 1938 as a Mission Church as part of the larger Emmanuel Parish.
Holy Trinity church was erected in 1878.
Holy Trinity church seats 510.
Saint Peter's ecclesiastical parish was formed in 1909, althought the church wasn't completed until 1912.
Saint Peter's church seats 500.
A Convent for the Sisters of Providence was established during the 1800s on Park lane. In addition to their charity work, they also maintained a day school under government inspection for the Loughborough poor.
Loughborough is a village, a township and a parish. It is on the River Soar midway between Leicester city and Nottingham city and is 114 miles north of London, 11 miles north of Leicester and 17 miles south-east from Derby. The parish covered 489 acres, most of which was pasture for sheep and cattle. The parish abuts Nottinghamshire county to the north and includes the hamlets of Knightthorpe and Woodthorpe.
If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, from the M1, turn east at the A512 and proceed into Loughborough.
There is still passenger train service to Loughborough.
In August, 2006, the BBC reported that workmen in Loughborough discovered a secret living chamber dug and built under a house. The house had once belonged to John HEATHCOTE who had invited the fury of the Luddites after inventing a lace-making machine in the early 1800s. It is unknown if the chambers were ever used as HEATHCOTE and his family fled to Devon after a Luddite uprising in Loughborough in 1816.
Loughborougrh and District General Hospital and Dispensary,' in Baxter gate, was established in 1819 and was rebuilt in 1862. Built of white brick, It was enlarged in 1888 and 1896 The King Edward VII memorial ward for children was built and presented in 1911. Hospitals were not obliged to archive patient records, but the archive office will hold management and accounting records and, perhaps, some photographs.
In 1881, the 1st Leicestershire Rifle Volunteers, H Company, had its headquarters at the Corn Exchange. Captain W. WHITE commanding.
In 1912, the 5th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, H Company, had its headquarters at the Drill Hall in Granby Street. Lt.-Col. G. GERMAN, commanding; Srgt.-Major Edward SMITH, drill instructor. Let.-Col GERMAN commanded this unit from 1908 into 1913.
Also in 1912, the C Squadron of the Prince Albert's own Leicestershire Yeomanry had its headquarters at Toothill road. Major W. F. MARTIN, commanding; Srgt-Major George Charles PARKER, drill instructor.
In the Queen's Park is a tower, containing 47 bells, erected in memory of the Loughborough men who fell in the Great War, 1914-18. It was unveiled on July 2znd, 1923, by Field-Marshal Sir William E. ROBERTSON, haronet.
Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the War Memorial Carillon in Queen's Park on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.
There are 61 Commonwealth War Graves in the Leicester Road Cemetery.