Leicestershire News and events

Exploring Leicestershire's History
Leicestershire VCH Trust thanked donors, volunteers and other supporters on 19 November with an afternoon of local history talks and a viewing of two of the short videos we have made as part of our Heritage Lottery-funded Charnwood Roots community project. After a welcome by our Trust chairman,...
Volunteers getting to know Charnwood’s rocks
Leicestershire VCH Trust's 2016 Newsletter is now available to download. It includes details of our research into poverty and charity in Charnwood, land transactions in medieval Buckminster and Sewstern, the geology and woodland of Charnwood, a report of our 2015 Wikipedia event, test-pitting...
The lucky winners of the June 2016 draw of the Leicestershire VCH 200 Club were: 1st prize No. 14, Mr George Weston (£122.50); 2nd prize No. 25 (no publicity, £81.67); 3rd prize No. 30 Mr Robert Collins (£40.83). There were 49 numbers in the draw. March 2016 winners were: 1st...
Come and see us during this year's Archaeology fortnight. We have research displays at Lutterworth museum next Saturday, 23rd July 10am-4pm, you can find out more about Castle Donington church and our recent research on the 'St Mary priest' on Wednesday 20th and Wednesday 27th, both at...
The winners of Leicestershire VCH Trust's 200 club draw for December are 1st prize (£135) - no. 40, Mr David Beeson 2nd prize (£90) - no. 37, Sir Lyonel Tollemache 3rd prize (£45) - no. 50, Mrs Janet Arthur Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all...
We've been very busy in Leicestershire over the last 12 months. The Leicestershire VCH Trust's 2015 Newsletter is now available to download, detailing some of the highlights. If you would like to support our work across the county, please click on the link on our county page.
Lutterworth market
It can be all too easy to focus on the history of an individual town or village and overlook how everyday life was shaped by wider events and relationships. The students taking part in this year's summer project chose from a range of topics looking at the history of Lutterworth in the post-...
The winners of Leicestershire VCH Trust's 200 club draw for September are 1st prize (£135) - no. 10, Mr Ian McAlpine 2nd prize (£90) - no. 1, Squire de Lisle 3rd prize (£45) - no. 17, Mr Peter Holden Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all our...
Feilding Palmer Cottage Hospital
Twelve undergraduates from the University of Leicester took part in this year's County Historian programme, run by Dr Pam Fisher of Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust and funded by the University of Leicester. The project ran for 7 weeks across June and July, providing our student...
The winners in the Leicestershire VCH Trust 200 Club draw which took place in June 2015 are as follows: 1st prize £125, no. 21, Mr Michael Holmes 2nd prize £83.33, no. 48 3rd prize £41.67, no. 39 Our 200 Club draws take place quarterly, and we welcome new members. All proceeds...
Students getting to grips with original records at Leicestershire Record Office
Undergraduate students from the University of Leicester have begun a 7-week summer project with Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust, examining selected themes in the history of Lutterworth from the 16th to the 20th century. Their research will be displayed at a free local history...
The winners of Leicestershire VCH Trust's most recent 200 Club draw, which took place in March, are: 1st prize £142.50 - number 48, Mrs R Holmes 2nd prize £95.00 - number 11, Mrs C McAlpine 3rd prize £47.50 - number 56, Mr M Chamberlain For an annual payment of £50,...
The school built in Leire to commemorate the peace of 1814
The village of Leire in south Leicestershire is believed to take its name from Legra, the pre-English name of the stream on which the village stands. The name Leicester has the same origin, probably taken from the name of the people who lived in this area. With two other villages near Leire, Walcot...
St Mary's church, Lutterworth
John Nichols (1810) and a number of later writers recorded that the steeple on St Mary's church in Lutterworth (Leics.) blew down in November 1703. Recent research for Leicestershire VCH shows that the storm which brought down the spire occured on Christmas Day 1701. An assessor valued the...
Leicestershire VCH Trust 200 Club
Christmas came early for three lucky people this week, when the December draw of Leicesteshire VCH Trust's 200 Club took place. The winners of this quarter's draw are: 1st prize No. 21 (£135) M. Holmes 2nd prize No. 1 (£90) Squire De Lisle 3rd prize No. 38 (£45) J....
St John the Baptist, Buckminster
St John the Baptist church in Buckminster, north-east Leicestershire, opened after restoration 130 years ago this month. That restoration (as at so many other churches) involved stripping off all the interior plaster and whitewash to expose the stone. The squire’s pew ‘with sides so...
St Mary's church, Lutterworth, restored by Gilbert Scott in 1867
There is huge interest across Leicestershire (and elsewhere) about the plans for the reburial of Richard III, ‘the king in the car park’. On 29 October 2014 it was announced that prize-winning composer Judith Bingham has been commissioned to write an anthem for the service, which will...
Moated site north of Kirby Bellars church
Good progress continues to be made in Leicestershire, with a full parish history of Kirby Bellars now available online - see Volume VII of our Work in Progress pages. Highlights include identification of the site of the priory (which is not at the place indicated on OS Maps, interpretation of...
Leicestershire VCH News
Leicestershire VCH Trust's 2014 Newsletter is now available to download, containing details of some of the activities we have been doing with volunteers over the last 12 months.
Lutterworth's Elementary School
As we reflect on the events of 1914, students from the University of Leicester have been looking at the impact of World War I on the elementary school in Lutterworth, a town which is currently being researched for the VCH. Under a scheme put forward by the Endowed Schools Commissioners, the...
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