Nos. 55 and 57, Park Road



In February 1871, Thomas Messenger submitted plans to the Local Board to build two houses in Park Lane[1] and six months later[2], he was asking the Board of Heath[3] to extend the existing drain along Park Lane to his two new houses[4]; a matter that was referred to the Highway Committee. These properties are today known as Nos. 55 and 57 Park Road, lying almost opposite the end of Burton Street.


No. 55, Park Road


No. 55, Park Road, Loughborough

For around 15 years, from around 1874 until he moved across the road to one of his other properties, No. 20 Burton Street, Thomas Messenger lived in what is now No. 55 Park Road. It is a large semi-detached brick built villa style property, facing south-west, away from the road and separated from the road by a semi-detached brick built carriage house. Following his move, the house was then occupied by Edwin Moss, who presumably purchased it from Thomas Messenger. Edwin Moss was a grocer with shops at No. 1, Market Place[5] and No. 30, Swan Street, Loughborough.

When it came up for sale on 1st May 1906[6], it was described as a “Valuable Freehold Residence”, with stable, harness room, coach house, vinery, forcing house, and large garden. The house contained a hall, 20ft. by 14ft. 4in. dining room with adjoining conservatory, 19ft. 8in. by 13ft. drawing room, 15ft. by 13ft. breakfast room, kitchen and scullery, all on the ground floor. On the first floor were five bedrooms, bathroom, W.C., and lavatory on the first floor, together with two further bedrooms and a box-room on the second floor. There was also cellar, along with a hot-water system installed by Messenger & Co. Despite begin described as a valuable freehold residence it failed to sale at auction, with bidding starting at £800, it failed to reach the reserve, being was withdrawn when the bidding failed to go above £1,375[7]. The property has a frontage onto Park Road of around 62ft. and in 1906, it stretched back from the road for about 250ft[8]. It also had a right of way from Corporation Street (now known as Mayfield Drive) across No. 57 Park Road[9], which as the time belonged to the executors of the late Huram Coltman. It is possible that the vinery and conservatory were one of Thomas Messenger’s, although they are more likely to have been installed by Messenger & Co. Neither structure remains; the site of the vinery is now (2012) occupied by a decrepit set of concrete garages.


No. 55, Park Road, Loughborough – 1906


Mrs Laura Clarke, a widow, occupied the property, with her four grown up children, for around ten years, before downsizing by moving along the road to No. 41 Park Road. At the time of the 1911 census, Mrs. Clarke’s son, William Ashley Tyndale Clarke, aged 26, was running the family business, Thomas Clarke & Sons, hosiery dyer of No. 23 Cattle Market.

William Henry Stockhall was the next occupant; he was, at one time, Secretary to The Nottingham Manufacturing Co., hosiery and lace manufacturers in Loughborough. Following his move to Newtown Linford, John Stanley Symons, a doctor, occupied it during the Second World War, before moving to Bridgwater in 1946[10]. By the mid-1960s, the property had been subdivided into six flats and remains so today (2017).





No. 57, Park Road

No. 57, originally a mirror image of No. 55 now occupies a corner position between Park Street and Mayfield Drive. The property was built and lived in prior to April 1874, when Mr. Buckley submitted a plan, to the Board of Heath, to erect a pigsty on the premises. The Board having rejected the plan, Thomas Messenger unsuccessfully appealed to the Board on his tenants behalf, in an attempt to get the Board to change their decision[11]. Following Mr. Buckley’s death, his widow, their two daughters and son[12], lived in the property until 1882. The property was subsequently by John Frederick Ealand, a wine and spirit merchant who had a shop at No. 29 Market Place and at one time was the tenant of the Cricket Player’s Hotel on Church Gate, Leicester[13]. Mr. Ealand’s moved out on Lady Day, 1889 and Thomas Messenger advertised the house either to let or to sell[14]. At the time the annual rent was £70 and the residence described as having thirteen “large and loft rooms” with several cellars, a conservatory (presumably one of his own), a stable, a coach house and large garden. It was briefly lived in by Arthur Edward Cooper, an auctioneer and valuer with offices in Baxter Gate and the Cattle Market, Loughborough, as well in Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Early in 1891, Arthur Cooper was declared bankrupt with gross liabilities of almost £6,000[15]. The house was eventually sold probably to Huram Coltman, who lived there from 1892 until his death in 1904. Huram Coltman, was one of the founders[16] of H. Coltman, & Sons Ltd., Mechanical Engineers, Boiler Makers, and Iron founders located at the Midland Iron Works, Meadow Lane, Loughborough. He retired from the firm in 1894, leaving his three sons to run business. He was mayor of Loughborough twice, firstly in 1896 and secondly 2 years later in 1898[17]. His widow, Mary, lived continued to live there until her death on 2nd August 1935, aged, 75. At the time of her death the property was known as “Longwood”[18].


No. 57, Park Road, Loughborough


Herbert Godkin, head of the accountancy firm of Herbert Godkin and Co., of Baxter Gate in Loughborough, lived there over the Second World War period.

In 1962[19], the house was completely modernised, redecorated and converted into accommodation for both State Registered and State Enrolled student nurses at Loughborough General Hospital. The conversion included accommodation for 12 nurses, some in double rooms. In the garden to the rear a new 2-storey block was built and described at the time as a “most attractive place with beautiful light decoration throughout”[20]. The block contained 18 bedrooms, each of which had a wash-hand basin, tallboy, large mirror, wardrobe, etc. The new block was connected to the main house with a single storey covered way. A study room, quiet rooms, lounge with a television and a dining room was also incorporated into the conversion. A new oil-fired central heating system was installed for both the house and 2-storey block. It must have been at time that part of the garden of No. 55 was incorporated into that of No. 57, to help accommodate the new two-storey block. The total cost of the building work amounted to about £30,000, and the Loughborough Corporation’s Parks Department laid out what remained of the gardens[21].


No. 57, Park Road, Loughborough


In the 1986, a planning application[22] was submitted for a change of use to No. 57 into offices for a community-based mental handicap team and the annexe to a residential unit for those with learning difficulties.

By the beginning of the twenty-first century the site was referred to as 2 properties, the original No. 57 Park Road and Mayfield House, No. 15 Mayfield Drive, the 1960s extension block to the rear. The two were connected by a single storey link extension. No 57, formerly used as offices had been empty for a few years and in a run-down state. Mayfield House still provided permanent accommodation for residents with learning disabilities. Still owned by the Local NHS Trust, Capitec, their Estate Management advisors, applied in 2002 to decouple the two properties by removing the link extension and erecting a replacement single storey extension[23].


No. 57, Park Road, Loughborough


Although planning permission was conditionally granted, a new planning application[24] was submitted in 2007, affecting both properties. Firstly, the submission proposed to convert No 57 into ten self-contained single bedroom student flats, achieved by internal alterations and adaption; without alterations to the exterior, including retaining the original stables. Secondly, Mayfield House was to be transformed from an old people’s nursing home into a 15 bedroomed bed and breakfast accommodation. Whilst the existing windows and door opening proportions would remain unchanged, as would the roof, the whole building would undergo a makeover to make it “attractive and sustainable within its residential setting[25]. Planning permission was refused for both conversions, whilst another attempt[26] the following year on Mayfield House with few alterations to the original proposal was also refused.






  1. The Leicester Chronicle and the Leicestershire Mercury, 11th February 1871.

  2. The Leicester Chronicle and the Leicestershire Mercury, 12th August 1871.

  3. Under the Public Health Act of 1848, local health boards were set-up to investigate the sanitary conditions nationwide.

  4. The Loughborough Advertiser, 10th August 1871.

  5. It stood on the corner of High Street and Baxter Gate.

  6. Leicestershire Record Office ref: DE5099-100.

  7. The Loughborough Monitor and News, 3rd May 1906.

  8. Leicestershire Record Office ref: DE5099-100.

  9. Ibid.

  10. British Medical Journal, 12th August 1978.

  11. The Loughborough Advertiser, 7th May 1874.

  12. 1881 Census.

  13. The Leicester Chronicle and the Leicestershire Mercury, 16th October 1886.

  14. The Leicester Chronicle and the Leicestershire Mercury, 22nd September 1888.

  15. The Leicester Chronicle and the Leicestershire Mercury, 24th January 1891.

  16. With Henry Hughes, both of whom were former partners in the Falcon Works, Loughborough.

  17. His son, Walter W. Coltman, was also mayor of Loughborough twice, firstly 1911-1913, secondly between 1914 and 1919.

  18. The Loughborough Echo, 9th August 1935.

  19. The Loughborough Echo, 1st June 1962.

  20. Ibid.

  21. Ibid.

  22. Charnwood Borough Council Planning Ref No: P/86/2630/2.

  23. Charnwood Borough Council Planning Ref No: P/02/0073/2 and P/02/0074/2.

  24. Charnwood Borough Council Planning Ref No: P/07/3302/2.

  25. Ibid.

  26. Charnwood Borough Council Planning Ref No: P/08/1966/2.