On Wednesday 12th April Mike Frost will be speaking about ‘The Revd Dr William Pearson, Rector of South Kilworth, Astronomer.’


William Pearson (1767 -1847) was one of those educated 19th century parsons who from private research added knowledge to the world. From 1817 – 47 he was Rector of South Kilworth, where he found time to pursue his astronomical interests, building an observatory wing on to the Rectory and then a separate observatory in the village, both of which still stand. In 1820, through his efforts, the Astronomical Society of London was formed; a few years later it received a Royal Charter to become the Royal Astronomical Society. Mike Frost, Director of the British Astronomical Association's Historical Section, will talk about William Pearson and his achievements.   



PLEASE NOTE: THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING postponed from March will now take place at this meeting. It is usually over within 10 or 15 minutes. The meeting will start 5 minutes early at 7:25 p.m. Anyone wishing to stand for the committee please contact Len Holden 01858-446067



Our outing this year is to Warkton Church near Kettering, to see the monuments to the Montagu family discussed by Prof Philip Lindley last season. NOTE it is on THURSDAY 15th June 2017 not Wednesday 14th June.



Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the talk begins 7:30 p.m. at The Roman Way Community Centre, Roman Way, Market Harborough, LE16 7PQ


Events and Dates for your Diary


❋ Writing Historical Drama a talk by Len Holden at The Cotesbach Educational Trust – Tuesday 11th April 6 – 8 p.m. £5 entry including refreshments. Tickets: 07928 628317 or 01455 552697 or from Len Holden 01858-446067 or see website:



❋ Natural Boundaries: Traditional Midlands Hedge Laying and Dry Stone Walls – Andrew Brown-Jackson An insight from a professional hedge layer on how our landscape has been shaped over the centuries. At The Cotesbach Educational Trust – Tuesday 24th April 6 – 8 p.m. £5 entry including refreshments. Tickets: 07928 628317 or 01455 552697


❋ The Re-Opening of the 1620s House & Garden this Saturday 8th April at Donnington-le-Heath at 10:30 a.m. For further information phone Mark Wilkinson, Engagement Officer on 0116 – 3055910 or 01455 - 290429


❋ The Bosworth Battlefield Trust – presents Clare Mulley, a poet in residence on Tuesday 18th April at 7.00 pm. Clare particularly enjoys writing on historical themes, and aims to raise awareness of the work done by the Battlefields Trust through a series of new poems inspired by major sites and commemorative events. For more information for this and other events call 01455 – 290429 or view the website at


❋ Leicestershire and Rutland Festival of Archaeology – from July 15th to July 30th 2017 Over the last few years many groups across the 2 counties have organised guided walks, talks and exhibitions as part of the Festival and this is the real strength of the local Festival. At the County level we print at least 10,000 leaflets and publicise on line and by social media all the events registered and national registration. Information from Peter Liddle if you or your group wish to take part.


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For more information contact Len Holden on 01858 – 446067. Email



Market Harborough Historical Society was founded in 1931 and became a Registered Charity in 1984 and was re-registered in 2014 Charity No. 1157244