Lutterworth, Leicestershire is where the first turbojet engine was patented and manufactured by the much-honored Sir Frank Whittle, a RAF engineer who pre-empted German scientists in the invention. Whittle later suffered several nervous breakdowns because of the stress related to his monumental invention. The town is still very proud of its connection to Whittle.
Another illustrious figure in the town history was the philosopher John Wycliffe, who was the first to translate the Bible into everyday vernacular, and who completed his translation in Lutterworth.
Magna Park, one of the first of the mega-distribution centres in the UK, was built near Lutterworth in 1988. It is a major employer of some of the roughly 8,500 residents of Lutterworth.
There were many coaching inns in Lutterworth owing to its location between Rugby and Leicester; some survive today.