5. The Town of Loughborough
Scenes from the English 'EAST MIDLANDS'
(a) Loughborough: THE PARISH CHURCH
Loughborough: The Loughborough Parish Church of All Saints with Holy Trinity - view from the south-east. All Saints is a large and once prosperous church that was much restored by Scott in 1862 and most of the building externally looks 19th century. A mighty building to attend for Sunday services!
Loughborough: The large tower of All Saints and Holy Trinity which is decorated on the plinth and in the battlements. Most of the body of the church is early 14th century in architectural style and the tower and clerestory Perpendicular architecture.
Loughborough: Loughborough Parish Church of All Saints with Holy Trinity - view from the north-east. There is clear evidence of earlier stonework in the walls of the 14th century chancel on the left side (east end) of the building which also has Perpendicular windows.
(b) Loughborough: THE MARKET - MARKET PLACE
Loughborough: Market day - the market stalls in Market Place of the historic ~900 year old Loughborough Market, interesting sculpture on the right - details below!
Loughborough: Two views of the 'man' sculpture in Loughborough's Market Place. This bronze sculpture is called the 'Sock Man' celebrating Loughborough's association with the hosiery industry.
(c) Loughborough: The TOWN HALL with its Theatre and Gallery
Loughborough: The Town Hall, which also functions as a theatre and art gallery. The Town Hall in Market Place was built in 1855 by William Slater in a re-strained Italian style but with an added two-storeyed bellcote above the clock. Its certainly one of the better looking buildings in Loughborough town centre.
Loughborough: Town Hall - 'The Sock' art gallery has regular painting, sculpture and photographic exhibitions (photographer Terry Davies in the balcony gallery).
Loughborough: Town Hall gallery - two metal animal sculptures in the current exhibition (August 2012).
(d) Loughborough: QUEEN'S PARK and CHARNWOOD MUSEUM
Queen's Park was first laid out in 1899.
Loughborough: Queen's Park gardens is a nicely laid out park with some interesting leg sculptures amongst the flower beds!
Loughborough Charnwood Museum in Granby Street: The 'Public Baths' built in the 19th century were converted in 2000 into a one floor museum called the Charnwood Museum. There is a wide range of visual display and some larger interesting items! The history of the Charnwood-Loughborough area in terms of its eg its agriculture, industry and the life of local people and archaeology, geology exhibitions too.
Loughborough Charnwood Museum: The engineering heritage of Loughborough eg power generators, building diesel and electric locomotives and aerospace industries etc.
Loughborough Charnwood Museum: The 'Beaumont Chair' was made in 1690 from the trunk of an oak tree that grew in the park around Beaumont Hall.
Loughborough Charnwood Museum: The two coats of arms on the top of the front arms of the 'Beaumont Chair'. The painted carvings of the buffalo head and shield are both symbols of the Herrick family who lived in the hall.
Loughborough Charnwood Museum: Illustrations of the medieval way of agriculture, depictions that strongly contrast with those of farming in the early 19th century ...
Loughborough Charnwood Museum: ... and the agricultural revolution developments 'propagated' by Robert Bakewell at his Dishley farm, where important farming methods were transforming British agriculture.
Loughborough Charnwood Museum: Fossil of an ichthyosaur, a large marine reptile that lived over 90 million years ago when the land of Leicestershire was a shallow sea! They look like a cross between a shark and a dolphin and swam using their tail like a paddle and with their long jaws were use to crush prey!
Loughborough Charnwood Museum: Sporting heritage and the sporting life of Loughborough is well maintained by the speciality sports departments of Loughborough University.
Loughborough Charnwood Museum: The locally built Auster J/1N Alpha monoplane, aircraft registration markings G - AJRH
Loughborough: The nice little cafe in the Charnwood Museum.
(e) Loughborough: THE GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY
Loughborough: Loughborough is the northern terminus and base of the heritage railway known as GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY which runs as Britain's only mainline steam train railway north from Leicester to Loughborough.
Loughborough: The entrance to Loughborough Great Central Railway Station with a suitable vintage car to add to the ambience!
Loughborough: A GCR passenger train waiting to depart for Leicester.
Loughborough: GCR railway station for vintage sights and sounds.
Loughborough: The GCR museum on the station platform.
Loughborough: Platform 1 Great Central Railway Station
Loughborough: You can have a tour of the GCR workshops for locomotive restoration ...
Loughborough: ... and see a bit of locomotive rebuilding in the shed yard!
Loughborough: GCR locomotives in the depot yard
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