Loughborough lŭf´bərə [key], town (1991 pop. 44,895), Leicestershire, central England, on the Soar River. It is a market town with engineering works. Manufactures include hosiery, shoes, pharmaceuticals, boilers, and pottery. Bell foundries were built in 1840 the great bell of St. Paul's Cathedral in London was cast there in 1881. Loughborough's war memorial, with a carillon of 47 bells, was built in 1923. In the town are the Loughborough College of Technology and a grammar school (founded in 1495).

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