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 – November

It was good to welcome back Bob Trubshaw, this time taking us around Leicestershire and Rutland churches with photos and stories of gargoyles, corbels, etc.  Those medieval masons have left us a legacy of some amazing sculptures of animals, humans, self- portraits, expressed at times with a great sense of humour. On Tuesday 19 November […]

Local History

Last month we visited the National Gas Museum in Leicester – what a wonderful experience.  We were told the remarkable story of gas – from the early manufacture of town-gas to the introduction of natural gas, plus viewing an amazing display of artefacts, including a fully equipped 1920’s kitchen. On Tuesday 15 October we will […]

Local History – September

At the August meeting, Colin Brooks gave an entirely different slant on the search for Richard III – from a photographer’s perspective.  His account was humorous, as well as informative. There will not a meeting in the hall this month, but instead we will be visiting the National Gas Museum in Leicester on Tuesday 17 […]

Local History – August

We had a most interesting and enjoyable talk in July from Brian Johnson on Country Railway Station. We were very pleased to be joined by a number of the Members from the Railway Exploration Group Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 20 August, when we are looking forward to welcoming Colin Brooks who was the Official Photographer […]

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 […]