Lutterworth

VCH Volume: 
Leicestershire Paperback Histories in Progress

Lutterworth was a successful medieval market town which served a wide hinterland across south Leicestershire and parts of Northamptonshire and Warwickshire. John Wyclif was rector here in the 14th century, and a 19th-century memorial stands in St Mary’s church. In the 17th and 18th centuries Lutterworth was a coaching centre, just off the main route from London to Chester (Watling Street), but was a latecomer to rail, which hampered economic growth from the mid-19th century. The garden of remembrance includes a memorial to Sir Frank Whittle, who developed the first jet engine in Lutterworth. Significant research has been completed by volunteers between 2010 and 2018. With the help of a grant from Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society, to whom we are very grateful, we are now assured of sufficient funds to be able to complete the research, write it up and publish it as a paperback history in 2021. Draft chapters will be added here as they are completed. Meanwhile, transcriptions of a selection of Lutterworth probate inventories, and information about the history of Lutterworth's schools, can now be found on the VCH Explore pages.