Category: Melton Borough Villages

  • Thorpe Arnold

    Thorpe Arnold

    Lag Lane – 1961 After taking the remake, I walked down Lag Lane, crossed Saxby Road (B676) and continued on the public footpath to Brentingby. There is a historical connection between both small farming villages. According to the Leicester Survey (c.1125), in the early 12th century, the Earl of Leicester held the manor of Brentingby […]

  • Belvoir


    Belvoir Castle – Root and Moss House – 1920s Tom Webster, Belvoir Castle’s head gardener, drives me with his Land Rover close to the Root and Moss House, a fairytale-like hideout in the middle of the Duchess’s Garden. When Tom asks how long it will take for the remake, I tell him I have no […]

  • Melton Mowbray

    Melton Mowbray

    North Railway Station – 1970 The so-called Beeching’s cuts of British railways swept across the country in the mid-1960s, dismantling 4,000 miles of railway tracks and closing one-third of the 7,000 railway stations. Lots of them were demolished, with the much-loved architectural Melton Mowbray North railway station buildings and the nearby Scalford Road bridge among […]

  • Wycomb


    Stowleigh – 1900s For 18 months since this series has been running, I have been looking for a postcard or old picture with a street view of Wycomb, a hamlet north of Melton Mowbray. Last month my patience was rewarded when getting in touch with Janice and Will Pickard. Browsing through family documents, which they […]

  • Stapleford


    Stapleford Park – 1960s The miniature railway, roaring lions, and small ship rides on the park lakes. These are three scenes etched on people’s memory who has been living in the wider Stapleford area in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. For Sally Hatton, Stapleford Park was her place of birth: “My gran was in service […]