Sunday, 24 July 2016

It's been three years!

I cannot believe that this blog has been going for 3 years now, admittedly, not always weekly, as I intended, but certainly long enough to have clocked up x posts.

As is usual around the time of the anniversary, I take a look back over the years, and share with you.

It will come as no surprise to you to learn that the most visited page is "Ghost signs of Loughborough"! I still think this is because people are looking for ghosts, rather than signs!!

The next most visited page is "Spotlight on Ashby Road". I really think I should do a follow-up to this, as there have been quite a few changes to the road since this post was published in October 2013. It's just a case of finding the time.

A more recent post, "From 54 Baxter Gate to 1 Old Hospital Close", comes in 3rd most visited, hardly surprising since this is one very big change to the town, and one that people have been watching with interest.

"Spotlight on Radmoor House" continues to be of interest, as many of you reading this may well have been born there.

The next 4 most visited posts all seem to have "house" in the title! So, there's "Red and green houses abandoned in favour of a picnic!", about the recent Picnic in the Park, featuring the Ludd Hub and the commemoration of the attack on Heathcoat's factory. Then, there's "Red, white or maybe green?" a description of the White House. These days coffee culture is experiencing a bit of a resurgence: "Coffee houses to coffee shops" includes a list of some local coffee shops and a few pics. Finally, "Binns Family, The Blackamoors Head, The Blackboy and the Burnaby family" returns to a favourite topic of mine - pubs!!

Alongside the weekly blogposts, I've tried to create some virtual walks. This was hard, for many reasons, not least because if I'm thinking you might try these out using your mobile phone to access the webpage, then it's useful if the automatic template used by Blogger displays properly, isn't it?! So, I had to change the template for the web display in order to get a better mobile one, but even now we have some funny characters appearing, which on a pc show as arrows!

Anyway, if you're interested in the sites of the Zeppelin raids on Loughborough of 1916, pop over to the Zeppelin walk. If art and sculpture is more your thing then head along to the sculpture walk. The fascinating story of the locations associated with John Heathcoat and the Luddite attack on his factory are covered in the lace walk. If you're interested in other virtual walks, do let me know and I'll see what I can do. I'd really like to create an app, but that would be just far too technical for me!!

So, here's hoping for another year of weekly blogposts!!



  1. Hooray for 3 years! :)

    There hs been a few changes, what with Open Heaven now being my shop (Purple Pumpkin Patch), and Old English Gentleman up for sale.

    Impending roadworks with the resurfacing the second week of Aufust so that might cause a bi of chaos but he road will hopefully be spick and span again after that :)

    1. Hi Sarah! Thanks for your lovely comments! Yes, there have been so many changes in Loughborough over the last 3 years, and you've highlighted several. I didn't know the Old English Gentleman was up for sale :( Some of the highlights for me include the partial demolition of Warner School, the opening of the inner relief road, the opening of the new cinema complex, the coming of a few new cafes, the Elim Pentecostal Church moving to St Peter's and creating that lovely glass entrance, the Salvation Army moving to where the Elim were, the new Zeppelin commemoration plaque, the Loogabarooga Children's Literature Festival, and so many other things!! I wonder what the next 3 years will bring? Lynne


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