For centuries there was a functioning mill at Cotes (on the A60) providing for the local community until 1973 when it was closed as the last working flour mill in the county.

There were two mills; the Lower Mill and the Upper Mill that were known as The King’s Mills and served the people of Loughborough. The Lower Mill is still situated on the A60 across the bridge from Cotes itself and is known as Cotes Mill, which today is home to the local kitchen company deVOL which was originally based in Quorn. 




This name derives from the old English words 'set', meaning an animal pen or enclosure and 'graf' meaning a ditch or grove.



A Psychedelic Garage Punk band based in Charnwood.


Photos from Duffy's Bar in Leicester - listen to their music on Souncloud below. 


"Sway-survivor and Decadent-side-shoot merged to tempo-punk-pop-splurge"  


… If you know what that means you should defo be at one of their gigs!


Despite the loss of many interesting and significant buildings in the town, particularly post 1960 there are still many interesting spots to visit. Paul's drawings pick out a number of these from real ale pubs to elaborate school buildings, Taylor's Bell Foundry to Towle's old factory building on Nottingham Road and All Saints with Holy Trinity Church and the Loughborough Carillon. Altogether there are 28 drawings in the collection and all can be purchased as prints at A3 and A2 size from Charnwood Arts. 


Bare Bones Border Morris started in 1985 following a meeting of a group of friends in the pub who thought it seemed like a good idea!  After an initial practice period the side first danced out in public in summer 1986 and was still going strong in 2018! 


Many people have come and gone over the years but there are still a few original members.  The repertoire of dances has increased as members of the group have devised new ones but the kit they wear is still essentially the same as that originally worn, colours in Green, Red, Black and Yellow.  



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.


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.



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



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 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.



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.


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