Old Images of Loughborough, Leicestershire

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old postcard of Swan Street Loughborough in 1919
Old postcard of Swan Street, Loughborough, in 1919 - from Mark Crombie's extensive collection of vintage postcards on Flikr

Glimpse history through old images of Loughborough, in Leicestershire, England.

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. 

Park Road Through Time

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

“New and Old Park Road Loughborough” – Jim Smith on YouTube

Pubs of Loughborough

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

“Remember Loughborough Pubs past & present” – Mick Wallis on YouTube

1920s College Students

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”.

We see Dr Thomas James MacNamara, Minister of Labour amused to see students dressed in a range of costumes, including a policeman, town crier and even full drag. Later scenes show students in fancy dressed being pulled along in a cart by young men in rugby shirts.

“Dr Macnamara AKA Dr Macnamara Receives Boisterous Welcome From Students (1920)” – British Pathé on YouTube

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 the Market Place for the Boxing Day Quorn Hunt Meet. 

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.

Quorn Hunt Meet Loughborough Market Place Boxing Day 1954 – robert white on YouTube

Central Station in the 1960s

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

“1960s Loughbrough Central Station UK” – the kinolibrary on YouTube

Students in 1963

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

“Loughborough Graduation 1963 by Terry Murphy” – Terry Murphy on YouTube

Charity Day 1979

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.

“Regent Wharf, Loughborough 1979 cine film” – CEBfilms on YouTube

Regent Wharf Roadworks 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.

“Roadworks in Loughborough, Derby Road late 1970s.” – CEBfilms on YouTube

Playhaven 1980

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

“Playhaven 1980 Loughborough” – YouTube

Local Buses In 1998

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

“LOUGHBOROUGH BUSES 1998” – DaveSpencer32 on YouTube

Great Central Heritage Railway Gala Day 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.

“Great Central Railway Loughborough 1950’s Gala 2004” – Steve Thomas on YouTube

Loughborough Fair 2006

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

“Loughborough Fair” – emff07 on YouTube

Breakdancing Pensioner!

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

“Loughborough Old Dancing Man” – gsimm23114 on YouTube

Market Day 2012

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

“Market Day, Loughborough” – g4shf on YouTube

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