Leicestershire Work in progress

Leicestershire vol. VIII

  • There are around 300 Leicestershire parishes which have yet to be included in VCH volumes. We can't research them all at once, but with the help of enthusiastic and able volunteers we have completed a few draft parish histories and sections...
  • University undergraduates researched the religious histories of these parishes in summer 2012 as part of a VCH project, kindly funded by the University of Leicester.
  • Kirby Bellars was a thriving parish in medieval times, but enclosure in the early 17th century resulted in deliberate depopulation. The site of the priory has been disputed in the past, but research within this parish history has uncovered...
  • The village of Leire in south Leicestershire is believed to take its name from Legra, a pre-English name for the stream on which the village stands. For most of its history, residents have earned their living by farming. Like many places in the...
  • Sileby, 7 miles south of Loughborough, is a large and complex parish, shaped by canal, railway and industry. 
  • Welby is a shrunken medieval village two miles from Melton Mowbray. Substantial earthworks remain, revealing the extent of the medieval settlement. The draft chapters here have been researched and written by VCH volunteer Dr Alan Fox. When funds...

Leicestershire vol. VII

  • Two paperback histories will be published in 2020 (Ibstock) and 2021 (Lutterworth), and sections will appear here in draft form for consultation and comment ahead of publication.
  • This large village/town in NW Leics is on the eastern edge of the Leicestershire coalfield. The first coal mine was sunk in 1825, which also yielded large quantities of fire-clay and clay suitable for high-quality bricks. The population grew rapidly...
  • Lutterworth was a successful medieval market town which served a wide hinterland across south Leicestershire and parts of Northamptonshire and Warwickshire. John Wyclif was rector here in the 14th century, and a 19th-century memorial stands in St...

Leicestershire vol. VI

  • LOUGHBOROUGH Our Charnwood Roots project, which ran from 2013-17, involved over 600 volunteers and researched the histories of 35 towns, villages and hamlets across the Charnwood Forest area (stretching from Barrow-on-Soar in the Soar valley to...