On Wednesday 8th March George Marshall will be speaking on  ‘Francis Hammond and his Arboretum’

The Arboretum next to the Robert Smythe School is a little-known gem of Market Harborough. Francis Hammond, headmaster of the Grammar School 1887 -1923, having successfully overseen the move in 1909 from the Old Grammar School in Church Square to Herbert GO Coals’ new school premises in Burn mill Road, began to plant trees in 1913 on land he had purchased. He continued planting until the 1930s making meticulous notes of his work. Hammond has bequeathed the town a legacy of national significance. George Marshall will tell the story of the Hammond Arboretum. See  

PLEASE NOTE: THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING has been postponed until the April meeting. Anyone wishing to stand for the committee please contact Len Holden 01858-446067


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

❋ 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 Archaeologyfrom 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