Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Victorian Loughborough (A Guided Walk in Loughborough)

“Victorian Loughborough” is a Guided Walk devised and led by the Leicester-based Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby, of Colin Crosby Heritage Tours.

These strolls are a most enjoyable way of soaking up some Local History.

The walk looks particularly at some of the town’s 19th century buildings, and discusses some of the people connected with the town in Victorian times.

“Victorian Loughborough” starts in the Market Place, beside the Fearon Fountain.

The route takes in some of the busiest streets in Loughborough, and some of the quieter ones as well.

Loughborough has a wealth of fine nonconformist chapels, and some excellent bank buildings.

The fountain where the walk starts was the first piped water supply to the town, and was arranged by Archdeacon Fearon, who is also remembered in the name of a church hall, which itself looks remarkably like a church.

Loughborough was the destination for Thomas Cook’s first ever excursion in 1841, which heralded the dawn of the mass tourism age.

The town also has one of the only two bell foundries left in England, and was where a lacemaking business started, before moving to Tiverton.

Colin leads several other walks in Loughborough, including “Loughborough”, “Hidden Loughborough”, “Street Names of Loughborough”, “Waterside Loughborough”, “Waterside Charnwood”, “Waterside Loughborough and Barrow-upon-Soar” and “The Outwoods”.

Dates, costs and where to meet

A place on 'Victorian Loughborough' costs £4.00 per person, or £3.00 if paying in advance. The guided walk begins at Market Place, and is running on:

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If you would like to book a place on one of these dates, please telephone Colin on (0116) 2611576 or email him at

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