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Welcome to the Kibworth Village Online Museum. Here you will find a range of artefacts about Kibworth and its people from pre-history down to contemporary times.

 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 13:32

Domesday Book entry - Chiborne = Kibworth

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Entry from the Domesday Book (1086) for the Gartree Wappentake (Area) including section on Chiborne = Kibworth. Translation below on 4 pages.

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  • Date Monday, 30 November -0001
  • Acknowledgement The Kibworth Improvement Team thank and acknowledge the Warden and Fellows of Merton College, Oxford for permission to use images on this website of the college and archived material.

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  • Date Wednesday, 26 July 2017
  • Acknowledgement The Kibworth Improvement Team thank and acknowledge the Warden and Fellows of Merton College, Oxford for permission to use images on this website of the college and archived material.
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 11:21

Stained glass windows in St Wilfrid's Church

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STAINED GLASS descriptions in St Wilfrid's Church starting with the north window to the right of the north porch (Harcourt side), proceed clockwise around the church : each description gives subject, inscription, date and artist.  Photographs will be added as obtained, although one photo of the stained glass depicting Walter de Merton in the bell tower, that is only visible inside the bell tower, is shown (see 13 below). 1. North Aisle: The Raising of Lazarus (John 11).  Scrolls above - I am the resurrection and the life. John 11:25; inscribed below: He cried with a loud voice / Lazarus come…

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  • Date Monday, 30 November -0001
  • Acknowledgement The Kibworth Improvement Team thank and acknowledge the Warden and Fellows of Merton College, Oxford for permission to use images on this website of the college and archived material.
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 11:01

A sobering thought

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During the sorting and archiving of St Wilfrid’s Parish records in the mid 1990s, a number of interesting documents came to light.  One such document which was written by James Beresford (Rector, 1812-1841) for distribution throughout Kibworth Beauchamp, Kibworth Harcourt and Smeeton Westerby (the ‘three townships’) is reprinted here together with the article that was delivered to every household.  Clearly the community must have been suffering from considerable drunkenness for this step to be taken!  What effect would such a step have today?  Would we need to replace drunkenness with drug addiction? Kibworth Rectory, Aug 17. 1834    In the…

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  • Date Monday, 30 November -0001
  • Acknowledgement The Kibworth Improvement Team thank and acknowledge the Warden and Fellows of Merton College, Oxford for permission to use images on this website of the college and archived material.
St Wilfrid’s Church history: part 3 recent years (1902 - present)
Many local people still remember Canon Edward Fletcher (1902-1933). The antics of his dozen-ish children will also be remembered as they ‘terrorised’ the village for a generation (including air-gun attacks on people as they walked past the church!); several of them achieved distinction in their own right including Anthony, who himself was ordained, spent time in North Africa with the Army during the second world war and finally emigrated to become a fruit farmer in Canada. He recently returned to Kibworth for a visit in 1995 at the age of 85, and he had not been in Kibworth since a…

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  • Date Monday, 30 November -0001
  • Acknowledgement The Kibworth Improvement Team thank and acknowledge the Warden and Fellows of Merton College, Oxford for permission to use images on this website of the college and archived material.
St Wilfrid’s Church history: part 2 middle years (1660 - 1902)
After the Puritan period of John Yaxley (Rector, 1654-1660), Kibworth became a centre of Protestant dissent. In 1669, a 200 member conventicle (or clandestine religious meeting) of Presbyterians and Independents was held in Kibworth Harcourt. The leaders of the meeting were Matthew Clark (who might well have been related to the Richard Clark who helped eject Yaxley) and another ejected minister called Southam. A building, the Meeting House, off the Leicester Road (behind the White House on Leicester Road), was licensed for Presbyterian worship. John Jennings from West Langton moved to Kibworth in 1690 and set up as pastor of…

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  • Date Monday, 30 November -0001
  • Acknowledgement The Kibworth Improvement Team thank and acknowledge the Warden and Fellows of Merton College, Oxford for permission to use images on this website of the college and archived material.
St Wilfrid’s Church history: part 1 early years (1220-1660)
The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester by John Nicholls, Volume II, part II, and published in 1798 gives some fascinating stories about the Gartree Hundred area of South Leicestershire and several detailed accounts of the Kibworths. Copies can be found in local libraries. The church on Church Hill in Kibworth Beauchamp is dedicated to Wilfrid.  Who was he, and why is our church dedicated to a Romish saint? Wilfrid was born a Northumbrian noble in 634.  He lived for 75 years after entering the religious life as a 14 year old, studying at Lindisfarne and Canterbury before…

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  • Date Monday, 30 November -0001
  • Acknowledgement The Kibworth Improvement Team thank and acknowledge the Warden and Fellows of Merton College, Oxford for permission to use images on this website of the college and archived material.
Thursday, 20 July 2017 13:40

The changing pews of St Wilfrid’s Church

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Most English parish churches had no formal seating arrangements until the late 15th century. Prior to this, the congregation either stood, sat or knelt on the hard mud, sand or stone floors or leant against the outside walls or pillars. Services included stories from the bible, the reading of psalms, and prayers but little formal "music". Sermons or talks were very short. After Charles I was executed, the Puritans’ concept of lengthy teaching sermons soon helped speed up the introduction of seating! Families began to bring their own benches or chairs and group them together. This became more formalised with…

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  • Date Monday, 30 November -0001
  • Acknowledgement The Kibworth Improvement Team thank and acknowledge the Warden and Fellows of Merton College, Oxford for permission to use images on this website of the college and archived material.
Friday, 14 July 2017 12:26

A Walk Thru’ Main Street, Kibworth Harcourt

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The old centre of Kibworth Harcourt lies 200 yards east of the present main road where the principal street, known as Main Street, leads into Albert Street and has remained much the same since mediaeval times and is the main part of The Kibworth Harcourt Conservation Area.. The principal route along Main Street was bypassed by the present A6 Leicester Road in 1810. (see Modern/ TheTurnpikeRoute through Kibworth Harcourt). Main Street runs from Leicester Road in in an easterly direction until it reaches The Old House (see Early Modern/The Old House) when it turns right to return to the main…

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  • Date Monday, 30 November -0001
  • Acknowledgement The Kibworth Improvement Team thank and acknowledge the Warden and Fellows of Merton College, Oxford for permission to use images on this website of the college and archived material.
“A Country Parish” from "Reminiscences of an Octogenarian, 1847 to 1934" by Edmund Knox  researched by Dr Kevin Feltham (2000) Edmund Arbuthnott Knox was born in 1847 and became a Sub-Warden of Merton College in Oxford before being offered the parish of Kibworth in 1885. He moved on, in 1891, to become Rector of Aston in Birmingham and eventually was appointed Bishop of Manchester. In later life he published “Reminiscences of an Octogenarian, 1847 to 1934” and this includes a chapter on his time in the Kibworths. This is a fascinating insight into the parish more than a century ago.…

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  • Date Monday, 30 November -0001
  • Acknowledgement The Kibworth Improvement Team thank and acknowledge the Warden and Fellows of Merton College, Oxford for permission to use images on this website of the college and archived material.
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