Rectory Place/Toothill Lane



At the time of his death, Thomas Messenger owned five properties on Rectory Place. These may have been the residue of the houses he received planning permission for in February 1874[1]. The planning application permitted him to build seven houses on land he owned facing onto Rectory Place[2] and Toothill Lane[3], about a hundred yards north-west of the Parish Church. At the same time as he was seeking planning permission, he was unsuccessfully trying to purchase additional land in Toothill Lane from the Local Board[4]. Presumably, this land was adjacent to his existing holding for in July 1885 he was accused by the Local Board of encroaching onto Toothill Lane. Thomas Messenger claiming that the work he had undertaken “was in the public interest[5]. The Local Board disagreed and insisted on him removing the obstruction; however, to placate him they arranged for a small elected committee of council members to meet with him[6]. Whether the encroachment is a result of work on a washhouse that he received planning permission for the April[7] is unknown, neither is the exact nature of the encroachment.



The 1884 Loughborough Town Map shows eight properties on the west side of Rectory Place, between the school and the end of the road. Six of these formed a uniform terrace of six 3-storey brick-built houses with a significantly larger property on the junction with Bridge Street and a significantly smaller property closer to the school. It is likely that the terraced properties and the larger property on the corner were those built by Thomas Messenger and probably contained the five he held at the time of his death. The terraced houses have had small lean-tos, with a tall plan brick chimneys built along the rear of the properties that were probably built later, possibly around 1885, when Thomas Messenger applied to build a washhouse[8]. Of the six terraced houses, known as Rectory Cottages, only one remains. The other five were replaced by a modern brick building, at one time used as offices and known as ‘Coltex House’. More recently, it has been converted into flats and renamed as ‘The Terrace’. The larger property on the corner of Bridge Street, whilst containing original features, with essentially the same footprint has been significantly altered and in 2011 was occupied by Straw and Pearce, solicitors.





  1. The Loughborough Advertiser, 10th April 1873.

  2. Rectory Place which runs from Toothill Road Street to Steeple Row, was originally a cul-de-sac, leading to the Parish Church.

  3. Now known as Toothill Road.

  4. The Loughborough Advertiser, 10th April 1873.

  5. The Loughborough Herald and North Leicestershire Gazette, 9th July 1885.

  6. Ibid.

  7. The Loughborough Herald and North Leicestershire Gazette, 2nd April 1885.

  8. Ibid.