Loughborough, Leicestershire: Old Photos & Films

Loughborough is a large market town in Leicestershire with ancient roots. It was noted in the 1086 Domesday Book, when the town was known as Loughburne. 

Views Of The Town Through Time

New and Old Park Road Loughborough

YouTube channel Jim Smith put together this video showing Park Road today and what it looked like in the old days.

Remember Loughborough Pubs past & present

Mick Wallis uploaded this montage of the town’s pubs to YouTube.

In The 1920s

Dr Macnamara AKA Dr Macnamara Receives Boisterous Welcome From Students (1920)

In the British Pathé collection is a short film whose full title is “Dr. Macnamara, popular Minister of Labour, receives boisterous welcome from the college students”.

An amused Minister of Labour meets students dressed in a range of costumes, including policeman, town crier and full drag. Later scenes show students in fancy dressed being pulled along in a cart by young men in rugby shirts.

Dr Thomas James Macnamara, Minister of Labour

Thomas MacNamara was born into an immigrant family in Montreal, Canada, on 23 August 1861.  His family moved to Britain when he was about 8 years old. He attended schools in Pembroke Dock and Exeter, before qualifying as a teacher at the Borough Road Training College for Teachers in 1876.

He worked as a teacher in Exeter, Huddersfield and Bristol. His career then took him through various roles including editor of The Schoolmaster, chairman of the London School Board, and president of the National Union of Teachers.

From 1900 to 1918 he was MP for Camberwell North, followed by transfer to Camberwell North West until 1924. He held a number of political posts, culminating in the appointment as Minister of Labour by Lloyd George in 1920. 

In October 1922 Dr MacNamara lost his cabinet post when the government fell.

Nine years later, on 3 December 1931, Dr Thomas MacNamara died of prostate cancer. He was 70 years old.

He was survived by his wife Rachel, their three sons and his daughter Elsie. Elsie too had political ambitions, supporting her husband Thomas Elias as Liberal candidate for Neath in 1923 and standing herself as Liberal candidate for Southwark South East in 1924, when she came third.

The Quorn Hunt In The 1950s

YouTube channel robert white uploaded this short black and white film from either 1954 or 1955. It shows horse and hounds gathering in Loughborough Market Place for the Boxing Day Quorn Hunt Meet. 

Quorn Hunt Meet Loughborough Market Place Boxing Day 1954

The Quorn was established in Leicestershire in 1696, and despite changes necessitated by the Hunting Act 2004 still meets regularly in the county, and to a lesser extent in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

In The 1960s

1960s Loughbrough Central Station UK

This footage of the market town’s central railway station in the 1960s is part of thekinolibrary collection.

Loughborough Graduation 1963 by Terry Murphy

There’s an emphasis on sport displays in Terry Murphy’s four minute video of Loughborough in 1963.

Loughborough In The 1970s

Regent Wharf, Loughborough 1979 cine film

The Regent Wharf pub on Derby Road, Loughborough, held a charity day in 1979. YouTube channel CEBfilms uploaded a short, silent home movie of the event.

Roadworks in Loughborough, Derby Road late 1970s.

YouTube channel CEBfilms uploaded a silent cine film from the late 1970s. It shows roadworks happening outside the Regent Wharf pub on Derby Road, near to the Fisons building.

In The 1980s

Playhaven 1980 Loughborough

In 1980, Grapevine TV made a short documentary about Playhaven in Loughborough. It was filmed in one of the old buildings next to Queens Park. 

Loughborough Buses In The 1990s


YouTube channel DaveSpencer32 has a collection of videos showing buses in urban settings around the UK. This one shows bus services in operation in Loughborough back in 1998.

The Market Town In The 21st Century

Great Central Railway Loughborough 1950’s Gala 2004

The Great Central Railway is a heritage railway in Leicestershire, which runs for 8.25 miles between Loughborough and a new terminus in the north of Leicester. The line is named after the company that originally built this stretch of railway, and has period signalling, locomotives and rolling stock.

In 2004 Great Central Railway held a 1950s Gala, which was filmed by Steve Thomas.

Loughborough Fair

YouTube channel emff07 uploaded pictures of Loughborough Fair taken in 2006.

Loughborough Old Dancing Man

YouTube channel gsimm23114 uploaded this surprising video taken in the Vice Vera nightclub. A breakdancing pensioner on the dancefloor!

Market Day, Loughborough

In 2012 YouTube channel g4shf uploaded a short video showing the town’s market day on a bright but blustery day. 

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