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Lutterworth - Our Town


Lutterworth is situated in South Leicestershire near the borders of Warwickshire and Northamptonshire close to Junction 20 of the M1 or Junction 1 of the M6 motorway.

In recent years, Lutterworth has grown to about 10,000 inhabitants.

Photograph: The Greyhound Coaching Inn, Lutterworth.The town boasts a number of family hotels and is a convenient location for exploring the Midlands and the Peak District.

Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester and Northampton are all within easy reach as are the tourist attractions of Stratford on Avon and Warwick.

The Peak District and Alton Towers are less than an hours drive away. The National Exhibition and Conference Centre (NEC) - situated about 10km on the Lutterworth side of Birmingham - is a little over 30 minutes drive from Lutterworth.

London is just over one hour away by fast train from Rugby. Local airports are Birmingham and East Midlands. Luton airport is also less than an hours drive away. Manchester and Leeds can both be reached in less than two hours from Lutterworth.

The closest railway station is Rugby, however, Market Harborough (for Eurostar connections to Brussels and Paris), Coventry, Hinckley, Nuneaton and Leicester railway stations are also fairly close. To reach Market Harborough from London, go to St. Pancras Station. For the others, go to Euston Station.

Lutterworth, the home and workplace of John de Wycliffe

Image: John de Wiclif, translator of the bible into the vernacular language from Latin.John Wycliffe (c 1320-84) was one of the most eminent ecclesiastics of his time. He was born in Yorkshire, educated at Oxford, and later became Rector of Lutterworth where he completed his translation of the Bible into English.

He adopted radical religious principles which brought down on him the bitter enmity of the established Church. However, many of his principles were subsequently adopted at the time of the Reformation.

The biblical tradition is maintained in Lutterworth with the UK headquarters of Gideon's International being situated in the town on George Street.

Lutterworth, the birthplace of the jet engine
Photograph: Air Commodore, Sir Frank Whittle.

Frank Whittle (1907-1996) was an RAF Officer who developed the concept of the Jet Engine in Great Britain. He established his company, Power Jets, at the Ladywood Works in Lutterworth and the first engines were built in the town. As the project developed, it outgrew the facilities of the Lutterworth factory. The original building can still be seen today. Frank Whittle was knighted for his services and ended his RAF career as an Air Commodore. After the end of World War 2, Air Commodore, Sir Frank Whittle also received an honorarium of £100,000 from the British Government in recognition of his work. He eventually went to live in the USA where he died in 1996.

Views of Lutterworth

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Photograph: Link to enlargement of Church Street Corner, Lutterworth.


Photograph: Link to enlargement of Chapman's the Butchers, Lutterworth High Street.


Photograph: Link to an enlargement of Regency Terrace, Lutterworth.


Photograph: Link to Enlargement of St. Mary's Church, Lutterworth.


Photograph: Link to an enlargement of Swift Bridge, Lutterworth, at the southern entrance to the town.


Photograph: Link to an enlargement of Lutterworth Town Hall, designed by Hansom, of hansom cab fame.


The Rotary Club of Lutterworth, Chartered 1953, Rotary District 1070.