Lutterworth is an attractive market town that is found at the southern most tip of Leicestershire. The town is steeped in history, with famous characters such as Sir Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine, and the rector John Wycliffe, famed for producing the first ever full translation of the Bible from Latin into English.
It is believed the town of Lutterworth was derived from the name ‘Lutter Vordig’, meaning Luther’s Farm, which started its life from mere dwellings after the Norman Conquest in 1066. Being granted its Market Charter by King John in 1214, around the same time that St Mary’s Church was being built, which still stands proudly overlooking all of Lutterworth, as it has for the last 800 years.
The distinctive Town Hall, in the heart of the town center, was designed by the architect Joseph Hansom, more famously known for designing the ‘Hansom Cab’, which in Georgian times you would have seen pulling up outside the many Coaching Inns that were built within the town. With The Greyhound Hotel and Shambles pub being fine examples of this era.
One of the most eye-catching attractions to be recently unveiled by the town was the ‘Gloster’ jet aeroplane that sits proudly in the center of the Frank Whittle roundabout, to the south of the town. This fitting statue highlighting the relationship between Lutterworth and the great inventor himself, whilst he worked out of the British Thomson-Houston works in town, throughout the late 1930’s and 1940’s.
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