Loughborough (pronounced LUFF-burra or LUFF-bruh) is the largest town in Leicestershire, England (the City of Leicester excluded), the population of the town in 2004 was assessed at 57,600. It is the administrative centre for the Charnwood district and home to Loughborough University.
In 1841 Loughborough was the destination for the first ever package tour organised by Thomas Cook, for a local temperance group (see Temperance movement) from Leicester. The town has the world's largest bell foundry — John Taylor Bellfounders — who made the bells for the Carillon war memorial, a landmark in the town.
To the south of the town centre lies the Shelthorpe Estate - a large council estate which was the largest in the country when it was built in the 1920s and 1930s. On the edge of Loughborough to the north, Dishley Grange Farm was the home of agricultural revolutionist Robert Bakewell. The farm was once home to the annual Leicestershire County Show,
Loughborough has its own newspaper & guide, the Loughborough Echo & Loughborough Guide, but in common with many towns and villages in Leicestershire is also served by the Leicester-based Leicester Mercury.
Notable Loughborough natives include Albert Francis Cross, the journalist, author, poet and playwright who was born in Moor lane on May 9th 1863, as well as Bonnie Holt who appeared on the TV show Big Brother 2006.
Contributed by Oli Mortimer
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