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 – 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 […]

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 […]