In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Loughborough like this:
Loughborough, market town, par., and township, Leicestershire, on Loughborough Canal, 10½ miles NW. of Leicester and 115 miles from London by rail - township, pop. 14,681; town and par., 5820 ac., pop. 14,803; P.O., T.O., 4 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-day, Thursday. Loughborough is the second town, in point of size, in the co.; it has a grammar school founded in 1495. The principal industry is the mf r. of all kinds of hosiery; there is a large bell foundry; there are also engineering and machine works, dyeworks, and brick-works; the coal trade is extensive.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Loughborough has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Charnwood. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Loughborough and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Loughborough, in Charnwood and Leicestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th May 2013
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