Local History


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

You can see the programme for 2019 here.

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, including 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 us either by telephone or email for full details.

Contact details

Ian Webb 01858 440851 and Avril Pell 01858 414871   email: slu3alocalhist@gmail.com


Local History – July

LOCAL HISTORY We had a most enjoyable visit to Delapre Abbey in Northampton last month. It was lovely to experience this wonderful property with so much history and the guides were very informative. At our next meeting on Tuesday 16 July, we look forward to welcoming Brian Johnson who will be giving us a talk […]

Local History – June

From council houses to stately homes, David Bell entertained us in May with ghostly stories and legends from around Leicestershire, including a few for Market Harborough. On Tuesday 18 June there will not be a meeting in the Jubilee Hall, as we have arranged a visit to Delapre Abbey in Northampton.  The minibuses will leave […]

Local History – May

It was good to welcome back Peter Liddle, this time giving us a thoroughly enjoyable and informative talk on the Vikings in and around Leicestershire. He never fails to enhance our historical knowledge and frequently dispels the myths surrounding our past. In May, David Bell will return with another of his fascinating talks – his […]

Local History – April

Another fascinating talk by Caroline Roberts.  She is an absolute fountain of knowledge about Leicester and she certainly brings the city’s history to life. At our next meeting, we will welcome back Peter Liddle, one of our favourite speakers, who this time will enlighten us on the Vikings in and around Leicestershire.  We look forward […]

Local History – March

Last month Len Holden outlined the life of John ‘Paddy’ Logan.  What an amazing man – he was a civil engineer, who moved to East Langton Grange in order to supervise a local railway contract for his company.  He soon became involved with the community, was a JP for 40 years, built a children’s home […]

Local History Programme 2019

Speaker List 2019   DATE SPEAKER SUBJECT 15 January Bob Hakewill The Elms, Market Harborough 19 February Len Holden Paddy Logan 19 March Caroline Roberts Civic Pride: Leicester’s Town Halls and Mayoralty 16 April Peter Liddle Vikings in and around Leicestershire 21 May David Bell Leicestershire Ghosts and Legends 18 June Visit Delapre Abbey, Northampton […]

Local History – January 2019

A very happy New Year to you all. On Tuesday 15 January at 2.00 pm, we look forward to welcoming Bob Hakewill, who will be revealing the history of The Elms, Leicester Road (now Brooke House School). Future meetings for the beginning of 2019 will include talks on Paddy Logan, Leicester’s Town Hall and the […]

Local History – December

George Fisher – a name on a gravestone in Little Bowden Churchyard.  A plaque in the church revealed a little more – The Reverend George Fisher RN, MA, FRS, FRAS.  Michael Milsom decided to find out more about this person and what a fascinating and full life story it turned out to be.  Thank you, […]

Local History – November

On the 16th October, the speaker was Vicky Score from the University of Leicester Archaeological Department. who provided the Group with a fascinating talk on some of the archaeological digs that have occurred in the local area in the last number of years. Of particular interest was the dig at Hallaton, of a site of […]

Deene Park

Local History – October

We had a most enjoyable visit to Deene, the home of the Brudenell family for over 500 years.  It was the seat of the Earls of Cardigan, of whom the most notable was the 7th Earl who led the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava.  Our guides were very informative and certainly brought history […]