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 2018 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


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 […]

Deene Park

Local History – September

At the August meeting, we welcomed Alan Langley.  He had researched one of the registers of the inmates at the Market Harborough Workhouse and some very interesting stories emerged. On Tuesday 18 September, we will be visiting Deene Park.  For those booked on the minibus, this will leave from outside the Market Hall at 1.15 […]

Local History – August

At the July meeting, David Bell kept us entertained with stories of murder cases in Leicestershire over the last few centuries.On Tuesday 21 August at 2.00 pm, we look forward to welcoming Alan Langley, giving us an insight into The Harborough Workhouse: Who Were The Inmates. Reminder:  Our visit to Deene Park on Tuesday 18 […]

Local HIstory – July

We had a very successful visit to Holdenby House in June.  It was lovely to experience this wonderful family house with so much history. At our meeting on Tuesday 17 July we look forward to welcoming David Bell, who will be giving us a talk on some of the famous murder cases in Leicestershire.  The […]

Local History – June

In May, we had very interesting talk from Bob Trubshaw on Little-known Leicestershire and Rutland. Concentrating on the Standing Stones, Holy Wells, Ancient Crosses and Medieval Carvings, within the 2 counties and discussing their history and legends and position. There is no meeting in the Hall in June. Instead 44 Members of the Group have booked […]

Local History – March

The age of coaching always conjures up a romantic image, but nothing could be further from the truth.  At our last meeting, Dr Len Holden gave us a fascinating insight into the rise and decline of the coaching trade in Market Harborough. On Tuesday 20 March, we will welcome Pat Perkins, who will be giving […]

Local History – November Meeting

Thirty five members of The Local History Group met on the afternoon of Tuesday 21st November in the Jubilee Hall of the Congregational Church to enjoy a very interesting and informative talk on the history of LOROS. Our Speaker, Jacky McBlain, also gave us exciting information with regard to LOROS’s plans for Market Harborough whereby, […]

Local History

As you may be aware, we are taking over the roles of Group Leaders of the Local History group from 1st January 2018 and we have pleasure in enclosing a list of speakers for the first quarter of the year:  Local history programme 2018 A full list of speakers planned for 2018 will be published in […]

Local History – October meeting

On the afternoon of Tuesday 17th October, twenty-two members of the Local History group boarded a coach and headed off to the Framework Knitters Museum, based in the village of Ruddington, just outside Nottingham.  What a very interesting afternoon.  The museum is a group of buildings based around a courtyard garden, but we started our […]