Located at the southern most tip of Leicestershire, Lutterworth is an attractive market town with a population at just over 10000. It is surrounded by a rural environment containing several attractive villages. It is well served in terms of national transport routes with the M1 and M6 motorways being readily accessible.
Lutterworth has twice made its mark on world history. In the Fourteenth Century John Wycliffe made his pioneering translation of the Bible whilst serving as Rector of Lutterworth and, more than five hundred years later, Sir Frank Whittle developed the jet engine at the Ladywood Works off Leicester Road. The photograph shows the life-sized replica of the aircraft, situated on a local roundabout, designed to prove his engine.
The imposing buildings in the town centre date mainly from the coaching heyday between 1750 and 1850. As long distance communications became more practical, the town became an important posting station for stagecoaches on the London to Chester turnpike and the High Street is still dominated by the Greyhound Hotel and other former coaching inns, the Denbigh and the Hind.
Lutterworth has catered for the needs of its local population and its visitors for hundreds of years. It boasts an excellent range of independent retailers who can provide everything from locally produced food to designer clothes and gifts for all occasions. The town has modern supermarkets as well as family businesses that have given good service for generations.
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