About me

The Loughborough tour guides award presentations
Having been a librarian for 32 years, and a mother for 21 years, in 2011-12 I trained to be a tour guide, and in April 2013 I became an Accredited Leicestershire Tour Guide, along with four other people from Loughborough. Together we are still walking the streets of Loughborough, showing interested folks all those things about Loughborough that might have escaped their notice, ranging from the sites of Zeppelin bombings during WW1, through the former home of the Lord of the Manor, the former rectory and the guildhall, to society meeting places, pubs, theatres, cinemas and sculptures, as well as university sites, and former industrial buildings.

I've been blogging on a variety of topics (librarianship, music and a general blog) since 2007, but this Loughborough blog that you're reading now is the one that has interested me the most, and the one that I am keen to post to on weekly basis, although, sadly, I don't always manage this.

The blog came about because the wonderful town of Loughborough was in danger of being included in a book about UK towns that were rubbish: We were in the top 100 of these, but luckily didn't make it into the book, which only listed the top 50. I'm not deluded enough to think that my blog did anything to prevent us being in the top 50, but I do hope that over the course of the last 6 years and 2 months since the blog started, I've promoted Loughborough, highlighted what's great about it, and encouraged people to visit, in order to make up their own mind about how great our little market town is, and what a lot it has to offer.

The posts vary in length and content, really depending on how much time I've got!! Some are simply a photographic record of an event, some are snippets of info, some are accounts of events and meetings I've attended and some are in-depth articles on specific topics. I particularly enjoy researching Loughborough people, features of the town and specific streets. In some cases, other people have already done a lot of research into things that I'm interested in so I will not re-invent wheels, but rather point you in the direction of other people's offerings. All photos used in the blogs will have been taken by me, unless stated otherwise: I will not be uploading old photographs as I simply don't have time to track down the copyright holders.

I love to hear your comments on the blog, or to help you with your questions or research. The only slight difficulty with the blog is leaving comments. To do this you have to log onto Blogger, or Googleplus (although I'm not sure this still exists), or register or something like that! Probably a better way would be to leave me a comment via my dedicated-to-Loughborough email address, which is:


Of course, you will need to replace the words above with the appropriate punctuation - which is included to stop internet robots, not to deter you!

In 2016-17 I completed an Advanced Diploma in Local History with Oxford University Department of Continuing Education, and achieved a 2i. From July to October 2017, I wrote 100 words every day about Loughborough for 100 days, as part of an online initiative. Most of these 100-word pieces were whatever came out of my mind on the day I was writing, so may be slim on historical fact, and sometimes obliquely related to Loughborough! You can view the completed project here.

Also during 2017 I have started a blog and a Twitter feed - follow us @OldRectoryMuseum - for the Old Rectory Museum in Loughborough, a building with an interesting history, but often overlooked by visitors.

In July 2018 I was lucky enough to have my very first book published, called 'Loughborough in 50 Buildings' and this was followed in June 2019 by a second, 'Secret Loughborough'! My third book was due for publication in August 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic the publisher has postponed the publication of most of the books on their schedule for 2020. I do have other projects on the go, as well as continuing to blog weekly, so do please keep popping back!

Thanks for reading!


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  1. Such a detailed and wonderful blog spot! I was wondering if you could tell me if there was ever a creek called Burton's Walk Creek? I found a news article related to my great grandmother who tragically ended her life in it. Would you have a photo of where abouts this creek was? I tried to google map this but find a Woods Creek but no Burton's Walk Creek. Could this have changed since the 30s?

  2. Hi Dawn! Thank you for visiting the blog, and for your kind comments. I do believe I know the creek you mention and definitely have some photos lurking somewhere! If you contact me via lynneaboutloughboroughatgmaildotcom (with appropriate substitutions!) I'll send you what I can find. Regards, Lynne

  3. Thank kindly. Have sent an email :)

  4. Hi Lynne,
    I moved away from Leicestershire in 1972 and over the years visited increasingly less frequently, so all the changes when I saw them have seemed very sudden! It has always seemed a great shame to me that unusual facade of The Blackamoor's Head in Loughborough's market place was replaced with an unremarkable building that doesn't have an ounce of character. The Market Place is poorer for it. When did this happen and was any part of the old pub preserved?

    1. Hi J.O. Thanks for reading the blog and getting in touch. As you probably know, The Blackamoor's Head was built in 1933, in what would now be called typical Art Deco style. This was the second pub bearing that name. It closed as a pub in 1974, but wasn't demolished until later. I don't know the exact date but 1980s or 1990s. Apparently the item atop the pediment is alleged to be lurking somewhere, but I'm not sure where. Thanks for taking the trouble to comment. Lynne

  5. LIfe After Football24 December 2019 at 15:39

    Hi Lynne,

    Thanks for your comments re the blog and some interesting facts re Mikron Theatre Company and background behind Paget Arms and Swan In The Rushes...
    I've been to Loughborough quite a few times and think it's great.
    I've attached links to the respective blogs - please spread the word!!


  6. Hi Life After Football! Thanks for replying regarding my comments on your interesting blog! I can't remember what I said about Mikron, PAget Arms and Swan in the Rushes now, but I'm pleased to hear you like our lovely little town! It should be obvious that I do too - I hope it is! And thnaks for the specific links too. HAve you come across 'Billy's Book of Loughborough Boozers'? It's written by a good friend of mine, and includes a short piece about each pub in Loughborough, and cross references to previous names etc.- worth perusing if you get a chance. Anyway, Happy New Year! And thanks again, Lynne


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