Smeeton Westerby Trail


  1. Smeeton House START
  2. The Elms
  3. Corner House, Mill Lane
  4. The King’s Head
  5. Sub Post Office
  6. Springfield Farm
  7. Main Street
  8. Village Hall
  9. Rose Cottage, Debdale Lane
  10. Farmhouse
  11. Blacksmith’s Lane
  12. 33 Main Street
  13. The Bank
  14. 62 Main Street
  15. Main Street Wall
  16. Beaker Close
  17. Stattis Fair area
  18. 53 Main Street
  19. 63 Main Street
  20. Westerby House
  21. Smeeton & Westerby border
  22. Christ Church
  23. Pit Hill Allotments
  24. Ivy Cottage, Gumley Road
  25. Smeeton Terrace
  26. Apple Tree Cottage
  27. Highfields
  28. Smeeton Farm
  29. Rose Cottage
  30. Footpath detour
  31. Debdale Wharf

 

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Kibworth Harcourt Trail

Harcourt Trail

  1. Coach & Horses Inn START
  2. Raitha’s Restaurant (formerly Rose & Crown)
  3. Main Street
  4. 10 Main Street
  5. 15 Main Street
  6. 16 – 18 Main Street
  7. The Barn at rear of 25 Main Street
  8. 20 Main Street
  9. 24 & 31 Main Street
  10. 28 Main Street
  11. Harcourt Terrace
  12. The Munt (Kibworth Castle)
  13. Turnpike Route
  14. 51-53 Leicester Road
  15. Paddocks Farm
  16. Congregational Chapel
  17. The Manse
  18. The Limes
  19. Priory Farm
  20. Boboli Restaurant – (formerly Three Horse Shoes)
  21. Manor Farmhouse
  22. 78 Main Street
  23. The Slang
  24. Cross Pump
  25. Jubilee Green
  26. The Village Cross
  27. The Old House
  28. The Old Barn
  29. Joiners Cottage
  30. The City
  31. Kibworth Harcourt Windmill
  32. Former Land Army Hostel
  33. Former Harcourt House
  34. Rector’s Plantation
  35. Lychgate & Cemetery

 

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Kibworth Beauchamp Trail

Beauchamp Trail

  1. Coach & Horses Inn START
  2. Grey House, Church Road
  3. 30 Church Road
  4. St Wilfrid’s Church
  5. The Villas
  6. Station Hollow
  7. Former Railway station (Isabel Lane)
  8. The Pharmacy
  9. The Railway Arms
  10. Village Hall
  11. Stuart Court
  12. Old School Surgery
  13. Former Infants’ School, Paget Street
  14. The Bank
  15. 33 High Street
  16. The Manor House, 30 High Street
  17. Cross Bank House, High Street
  18. Lantern House, 4 High Street
  19. Former Gas Works
  20. Thatched Cottage, Weir Road
  21. Barrack Yard
  22. Tudor Cottage
  23. Smeeton Road
  24. Smeeton Court
  25. Clock Tower
  26. 36 High Street
  27. Mud Wall
  28. St Wilfrid’s Hall
  29. Methodist Chapel, School Road
  30. Kibworth Grammar School Hall
  31. Old Grammar School
  32. Former Railway Sidings
  33. Ridge & Furrow
  34. Little Lebanon
  35. Navvies Row, Leicester Road

 

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Kibworth DigUnlike 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 Westerly.

The project began for the villages on a weekend in July 2009 with the Big Dig, organised by Michael’s production company (MayaVision 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 DarkAges. 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 one-time landlord and his wife, Andrew and Beverley Southerden.

 

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