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Kibworth Harcourt  Kibworth Beauchamp Smeeton Westerby
Unlike any before it, this was not the story of Kings and Queens and Lords and Ladies, but a history of ordinary people as told through collections of old documents and memories. The series was based around the ancient parish of Kibworth in the Gartree hundred, which today comprises three villages: Kibworth Harcourt, Kibworth Beauchamp and Smeeton Westerby. The project began for the villages on a weekend in July 2009 with the Big Dig, organised by Michael’s production company (Maya Vision International) and co-ordinated by Dr Carenza Lewis, who, with local archaeologists, worked alongside over 150 volunteers to dig 55 one metre square test pits in their gardens and recorded everything they found as they worked their way back through time to the Roman period. One of the pits, dug in the corner of the car park of The Coach & Horses pub on the A6, where the team were based throughout the weekend, produced one of the most interesting artefacts – a tiny fragment of bone comb from the Dark Ages. Moving between the national and the local narratives, Michael and the production team filmed until October 2010 to set the lives of the ordinary people from the three villages in the context of great events: from the Viking invasions and the Norman Conquest to the Industrial Revolution and the two World Wars. Fittingly, the series finished in September 2010 with the burial of a time capsule in The Coach & Horses’ car park by Michael Wood and the pub landlord, Andrew Southerden.
Kibworth started on this journey in July 2009 with the 'Kibworth Dig' where many of our villagers dug up their own gardens to find more information on the history of the village and the ordinary people who lived there. Mayavsion began a major 6 part television series which has delved into the history of our village and its people over more than a thousand years. The final event was the burying of a time capsule in the car park of the Coach & Horses on 12th September 2010. Both the book and DVD of Michael Wood’s story of England are available.
You can see more video clips and find out more about the series by clicking here........
“Kibworth! But why Kibworth?” was the perplexed tone down the line from Radio Leicester. An ordinary place on the A6 with Chinese and Indian takeaways, a co-op, and housing estates, you’d drive through it without a second look. But perhaps that is the point. Story of England is based on a very simple idea: to tell the story of one place through the whole of English history, from Anglo-Saxons and Vikings to the Suffragettes, the Somme and D-Day, with the people, not the rulers at the centre of the story......
Why Kibworth?
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