High Street

It appears that Thomas retained ownership of the old factory site in High Street and following the removal of Messenger’s to Cumberland Road, he rented out the site.

In June 1894[1], he advertised the two front shops, two large and two small warehouses/workshops. He was probably experiencing problems letting them as was offering them for sale or rent, with the rent described as “very low”. At the time of his death, he still owned one front shop, in addition a warehouse and several workshops[2] to the rear.

Into the twentieth century, the old factory site was known as Messenger’s yard. In 1901[3], the Council’s Sanitary Committee, following a complaint, made representations to the Highway and Estate Committee regarding the condition of the Yard. As a result the Borough Surveyor was actioned to both prepare an estimate for repairing the Yard and seek approval from the various owner, so as to allow the Corporation to carry out the necessary repairs “in lieu of proceeding under the provisions of the Private Street Works Act”. The Borough Surveyor’s estimate for the work was £9 and was ordered to proceed with the work.

In 1913[4] it was occupied by J. Willett, a cab proprietor; Mr. Page, a General Smith; John T. Godfrey a mechanical engineer; the warehouse of Clemerson’s, who at the time were house furnishers, ironmongers, china dealers and furniture removers[5]. By 1921[6], only Mr. Page and Clemerson’s were in occupation.





  1. The Nottinghamshire Guardian, 16th June 1894.

  2. Thomas Messenger’s Will.

  3. Loughborough Town Council – Highway & Estate Committee Meeting Minutes, 28th October and 25th November 1901.

  4. Wills’ Loughborough Almanac & Street Directory, 1913.

  5. Kelly’s Directory of Leicestershire and Rutland, 1912.

  6. Wills’ Loughborough Almanac & Street Directory, 1913.