SKETCHES OF LOUGHBOROUGH

Paul Gent, a former student of Loughborough College of Art and Design and a long term collaborator with Charnwood Arts was a valued resident and familiar character around Loughborough.

 

His fast and fluid drawing style has many fans worldwide. These drawings occupy a period of time in the town punctuated by many travels to far off places and Paul's portfolio is a Cook's tour around the world.

 

Paul was drawn to many of the older buildings around Loughborough Town Centre, in particular the Art Deco influence that characterises many of these businesses.

NEWTOWN LINFORD

Lies at the southern entrance to Bradgate Park. It is surrounded by rocky hills and woods and is one of the chief sources of Swithland Slate.

 

DERIVATION:

"Niwe Tun Lind Ford" (The new ‘Town’ by  the ford where the lime trees grow)

 

DESCRIPTION:


Newtown Linford lies at the southern entrance to Bradgate Park. It is surrounded by rocky hills and woods and is one of the chief sources of Swithland slate. The tourism generated by Bradgate Park has led to a number of highly popular cafes and hotels in the area, as well as a pub and social club.

THE OUTWOODS

The Outwoods is a 99 acre ancient woodland which supports a rich variety of plants, insects and birds, typical of such old woodlands. Wet alder and dry oak/birch woodland is interspersed with blocks of conifer planting, evidence of the extensive clear felling and commercial replanting which took place in the 1940s.

 

The Outwoods are a popular visitor attraction overlooking Loughborough and the Soar Valley. It has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

 

WOODHOUSE

DERIVATION OF NAME: "Wudu Hus" (The Houses in the Wood) Description: The picturesque village of Woodhouse and Woodhouse Eaves is a gateway to Charnwood Forest, close to Beacon Hill. Woodhouse (often called Old Woodhouse) is dominated by Beaumanor HallL and Welbeck Defence College. The Parish is also home to the nine hole Charnwood Forest Golf Course, the oldest in the county. The houses on the main village street of Woodhouse are mostly built of stone and many have reddish slate roofs characteristic of the Hanging Stone area.

 

COTTON"S OF LOUGHBOROUGH

As one of our first projects for this second incarnation of People Making Places, Charnwood Arts worked with octogenarian Dennis Powdrill to help him produce a book about the firm where he had spent the bulk of his working life.

 

Dennis was no stranger to People Making Places as he contributed photographs and video work to the first major website we created between 2000 and 2003. This book (also available in print) concerns the origination, growth and decline of a major industrial innovation from its invention in Loughborough to worldwide impact.

 

DANCING TO MAKE THE SUN SHINE AND THE CROPS GROW

Every year as the 1st May approaches, Leicester Morrismen are busy preparing to be up at Old John in Bradgate Park, Charnwood, Leicestershire, to welcome in the sun !

 

Every year they make the pilgrimage to keep alive one of England’s oldest traditions, as they have done as a side for over half a century. Nobody knows how old the Morris is, since its origins are lost in history, but it has for centuries been linked with Mayday.

 

KING LEAR'S LAKE

The lake has been named after the legend of King Lear (Leir), who possibly ruled Britain in the 8th century. On his death it is said that his daughter Cordelia had him buried in a chamber under the River Soar. There are statues, built on a platform in the lake, showing the final scene from Shakespeare's play of King Lear.

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