Loughborough is possibly best known for its university, but it is also the location of the first ever package holiday by Thomas Cook who arranged a trip for his Temperance Group to the town in 1841! The town had a lively market when we visited (lots of wonderful fruit and veg stalls!) and it was therefore quite hard to photograph the Waterstones from the front as there were market stalls right in front of it!
Loughborough is also home to the world’s largest Bell Foundry, John Taylor & Co, who have made some very famous bells, included bells located in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and York Minster – and the bell that features in AC/DC’s track Hells Bells from their number 1 album, Back in Black! They also made the bells in the Loughborough Carillon Tower – a war memorial located in Queen’s Park.
My friend Debi (who features in the entry for Islington) has suggested that I record my progress too – which is a good idea! This branch was number 54/281 – so 19.22% completed – so some way to go yet!