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 – September 2020

It is pleasing to see that several of the outdoor groups have resumed, but unfortunately it seems unlikely that our indoor group will be able to meet again in 2020.  We were attracting quite large numbers at the beginning of the year and in the present climate social distancing would not permit us to continue […]


We have been in touch with the Abbey Pumping Station in Leicester and they are unable to gain access to the museum at the present time and are awaiting a decision from the City Council as to when they can. In the light of the uncertainty of the situation, we have therefore made the decision […]


And so we continue and although lockdown is easing, these are still uncertain times.  We think it best that we cancel our intended August meeting and we will assess the situation with regards to our proposed visit to the Abbey Pumping Station in Leicester in September.  Please don’t worry about cancelled topics, because wherever possible […]

Local History – June 2020

We continue in these uncertain times and, unfortunately, no decision can be made as to when we will resume our meetings.  The visit to Abbey Pumping Station in September is still being reviewed and we will be in touch with all members once we are able to make a decision. There are a few websites […]

Local History

Due to the continuing uncertainty of the current situation, we have now decided to cancel the planned visit to Naseby battlefield in July.  However, we aim to include the Naseby talk and visit in the 2021 programme, together with the other cancelled meetings. We will be in touch regarding the August meeting, but meanwhile take […]

Local History – April 2020

Unfortunately, due to the current situation, our meetings for April, May and June have had to be cancelled.  This may well also affect our intended visit to the Naseby battlefield in July, but we will re-assess the situation nearer the time and be in touch with you. It is a difficult time, but try to […]

Local History – March 2020

At our February meeting our member, Bob Hakewill took us through the history of boat builders in Market Harborough, illustrating his talk with photos and newspaper articles.  The first boat in the area was built at Great Bowden Hall, before Giles Baker of Market Harborough rented space at The Basin and started building boats as […]

Local History – February 2020

A record number of members met to learn about Lost London.  Colin Cohen explained how London owes its existence to the Romans in 100 AD, its destruction by Boudicca and its rebirth by the Romans in 200 AD, remains of which can still be seen today.  Colin illustrated his talk through the years of growth […]

Local History – January 2020

  We wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year. Our first meeting of 2020 will be on Tuesday 21 January at 2.00 pm.  Colin Cohen, one of our members, will speak to us on Lost London.  Not so local you might say, but our capital city is only just under an hour […]

Local History – December

Thomas Tresham certainly left some iconic buildings – Rothwell Market Hall, Triangular Lodge and Lyveden New Bield.  Last month Douglas Goddard gave us a very interesting talk, outlining the history of the Tresham family, and then taking us around these buildings with photos, stories and explanations of the crests, inscriptions, etc. There will not be […]