Local History


We enjoy exploring the history of our local area and as you will see from our schedule of events, I have tried to make things as interesting and varied as possible.  I hope, therefore, to have continued support from all current and (hopefully) new members of the Group:

For further details of our 2016 programme, please click here:  Local history programme 2016

Where and when

We meet at 2pm on the third Tuesday of the month in the Congregational Church and new members are always welcome.

Other information

We have a varied and exciting programme lined up for 2016 including four visits to places of historical interest, together with a 'catch' of very good speakers and we very much hope you are able to join us.  Do please contact me for full details.

Contact details

Jan Tilley 01858 461186   email: janicemwilson@hotmail.com


Market Harborough

Local History – August meeting

On the afternoon of 15th August last, forty-one members of the Local History group met together at the Congregational Church for a fantastic talk from Neil Lyon who is the Assistant Director of the Lamport Hall Trust.  Mr Lyon gave his very informative and interesting visual talk for over an hour with no notes.  It […]

Market Harborough

Local History – July meeting

On the afternoon of Tuesday, 18th July, thirty-four members of the Local History group met at the Congregational Church to listen to a fantastic talk given by Douglas Clinton on ‘The Death and Afterlife of Wistan, Saint of Mercia’.  This was a departure from our normal local history subjects, being local history but with a […]

Market Harborough

Local History – June meeting

On Tuesday 20th June, thirty-one members of the Local History group thoroughly enjoyed a very interesting talk on the history of the Co-Operative Society.  It is amazing to think that, from the original meeting of a few business men in Rochdale in the late 19th Century, the Society now flourishes in all corners of the […]

Market Harborough

Local History – May meeting

On Tuesday, 16th May, the Local History group had the pleasure of a very interesting and informative talk from the President and Secretary of Market Harborough’s Rotary Association.  We were taken back to the first meetings which were held in Chicago.  At that time, membership was made up of local tradesmen and dignitaries and the […]

Market Harborough

Local History – April meeting

On the afternoon of Tuesday, 18th April, members of the Local History group met at the Congregational Church for a very informative and interesting talk given by Stephen Warden (retired paramedic), on the history of the Paramedic Service in the East Midlands.  Most interestingly, Stephen was Market Harborough’s very first Paramedic, based in our local […]

Market Harborough

Local History – March meeting

The second meeting of the Local History group in the Main Hall at the Church, on Tuesday 21st March, proved a much smoother event than our previous one in February.  I was extremely grateful to Peter Wilford and Colin Sole from Harborough Film Makers for agreeing to come to us at the last minute when […]

Market Harborough

Local History – February meeting

Tuesday afternoon, 21st February, saw the Local History group meet in the Main Hall of the Congregational Church for the first time.  Unfortunately we had a few teething problems which, hopefully, will be remedied before our March meeting.  Fifty-seven of our members listened to an interesting talk on Social Housing in the East Midlands and […]

Market Harborough

Local History – January meeting

Tuesday, 17th January, saw the first meeting of 2017 of the Local History Group.  Thirty-eight of us thoroughly enjoyed a talk given by Bob Hakewill on Market Harborough’s Carpet Industry in the 18th century onward and of the remarkable Clarke family.  A lot of this talk was illustrated by some very old photographs of Harborough […]

Market Harborough

Local History – November meeting

A very interesting and informative presentation by Louise Bunce on the old and new history of the Market Harborough Building Society – and Building Societies in general – and the MHBS Charitable Foundation was enjoyed by 40 members of the group at our November meeting.  The growth and progress of The Society since the middle […]

Market Harborough

Local History – October meeting

On Tuesday, 18th October, twenty-six members of the Local History Group boarded a coach which took them for a trip to see the Charles Rennie Mackintosh House at 78 Derngate in Northampton.  This is the only house (in fact it combines three Victorian town houses) in England designed by this famous architect.  Outside, the house […]