Lutterworth

Lutterworth

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Lutterworth

Travel is at the heart of Lutterworth, from the ancient Roman roads that meet there, via the town hall designed by Joseph Hansom of Hansom Cab fame, to Sir Frank Whittle. Sir Frank, the man behind the jet engine, did much of his revolutionary work right here in Lutterworth.

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Lutterworth, Lutterworth, Lutterworth, LE17 0SD

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Season (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

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  • Uncover the story - Even if you haven’t heard of Lutterworth, the chances are that you’ve enjoyed jetting off on a foreign holiday – an experience made possible by the pioneering work carried out here in south Leicestershire. <hr> Located at the centre of Roman England, near to High Cross, where Roman roads Watling Street and Fosse Way intersect, the town seemed destined to make an impact on travel and transport. A clue to its biggest claim to fame greets visitors on arrival – a full-size replica of a Gloster E28/39 aircraft on what’s known as the Frank Whittle Roundabout. <hr> Sir Frank Whittle was the brains behind the development of the jet engine, and much of his work, carried out in secrecy in the run up to World War II, was done right here. <hr> Lutterworth & District Museum has a unique archive of memorabilia connected to Sir Frank, including the original jet engine patent. The museum also tells the story of another Lutterworth luminary, John Wycliffe. Rector of St Mary’s Church from 1374-84, he encouraged the first English translation of the Bible, and memorials within the church and a granite obelisk in the town pay tribute to him. <hr> A stroll to Market Square brings you to the Grade II listed town hall. Its architect was none other than Joseph Hansom, whose invention the Hansom Cab revolutionised transport in Victorian England. <hr> Afterwards, stop for refreshments and a taste of Lutterworth’s time as a major coaching town at The Shambles or The Greyhound Coaching Inn. You can also enjoy a slice of vintage England at Back in Time for Tea, a café with spam sandwiches on the menu, or choose from a selection of leaf teas at E & R Tearoom. <hr> As you enjoy a pint or sip a cuppa, perhaps toast Sir Frank Whittle, who helped make the world accessible to all. <hr>

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