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 (Opens in new window)(Opens in new window), to whom we are very grateful, we are now assured of sufficient funds to be able to complete the research. 

Published in 2022 as part of the VCH Shorts series