On Wednesday 10th May Nick Hill will be speaking on ‘The Buildings of The Manor of Lyddington.’

Nick will be talking about the buildings of the three villages which comprise the manor including Caldecott, Thorpe Langton and Lyddington. Nick has been involved with the Lyddington Manor Project with Rosemary Canadine, who spoke to us in May 2015, and he has been physically investigating the many buildings in Lyddington to complement the discoveries of village history found in manuscripts.  Nick, who lives in the Welland Valley and works for Historic England, has an incomparable knowledge of the vernacular architecture of the Welland Valley and beyond formed by surveying and examining so many of them in detail. His exposition of them is always revealing and enlightening.


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


DON’T FORGET that our SUMMER 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 as indicated in your annual programme.



Events and Dates for your Diary



‘The Crying Sin of England’ – a talk by John Goodacre Tuesday 9th May, on the impact of enclosure past, present and future and how the land around us has been divided and used. At The Cotesbach Educational Trust, Main Street, Cotesbach, Nr Lutterworth, LE17 4HX Tel: 01455 – 558373,


The History of Palitoy by Bob Brechin, former Chief Designer at Palitoy who will be giving an illustrated talk on the history of the company. This will be taking place at Harborough Museum on Friday 12th May at 2.30pm. The talk is free but places are limited, so please book. Contact details: Tim Savage, Market Town Museums Officer, Harborough Museum, The Symington Building, Adam and Eve Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7LT Tel: 0116 305 2566 Email:;


❋ ‘Captain Pouch’s Dream’ a play by Len Holden on the Enclosure Riots of 1607 in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire. Performances are at Cotesbach on Friday 9th June and Saturday 10th June at 7 p.m. and at Geddington Village Hall on Saturday 17th June at 2 p.m. Tickets £5 from Idle Torque 01455 – 207980 or email


❋ At the Jewry Wall Museum on 20th May 2017 at 7pm. An evening of historical narrative poetry. Tickets are only £10 each and are limited and this includes the wine and cheese too! Available from Jewry Wall Museum reception or by calling 0116 2254971. Jewry Wall Museum, St Nichols’ Circle, Leicester, LE1 4LB


❋ The 1620s House & Garden Friends of the Jacobean Craft Group. First Saturday of every month May to September 11 am to 3:30 p.m.this Saturday 8th April at Donnington-le-Heath. For further information phone Mark Wilkinson, Engagement Officer on 0116 – 3055910 or 01455 - 290429


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