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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.

 

Thursday, 14 March 2019 10:29

THE OLD HOUSE KIBWORTH HARCOURT Part 2

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In 1609 William Parker (the elder) purchased the land where The Old House is currently situated. There were several cottages on this land and by 1635 they had been replaced by a stone house which faced to the north (not the present Old House). William Parker was succeeded by his son William Parker (the younger) and by 1678 he had built the Old House. When William Parker the younger’s son Geffrey, who had inherited the estate, died in 1714 the estate in Kibworth Harcourt included two mansions (The Old House and the stone mansion on the site of current White…

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  • 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.
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 11:21

THE OLD HOUSE KIBWORTH HARCOURT - part 1

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The Old House Main Street (front) aspect The Old House stands at the junction of Albert Street and Main Street in Kibworth Harcourt. The house, dating from 1678 and the garden walls are Grade 1 Listed Buildings. The house is a red brick building with stone dressings and is remarkable for its period, both because of the use of brick is early for this district and as an example of the fully developed Renaissance house which is rare in Leicestershire before the beginning of the 18th century. The house consists of two stories, cellars, and attics. It is approximately rectangular in shape…

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  • 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.
Tuesday, 20 November 2018 15:03

The Parker Family of Kibworth Harcourt - part 1

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  • 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.
Article written by Angela Hall General James Lochhead Jack lived in Kibworth Harcourt from 1923 until 1962, he was a well-known local figure and is still remembered. Childhood and Early Military Career: James Lochhead Jack was born on 18thApril 1880, the eldest son of Peter and Mary Jack of Paisley. His father was a carpet manufacturer who owned a business in the town. Tragically his mother died when he was only seven. From an early age Jack developed a passion for horses and riding which lasted throughout his life. His father regularly hunted with the Lanark and Renfrewshire Foxhounds and…

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    This article first appeared in The Harborough Historian in 2006 and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the author, Angela Hall. The copyright of the article remains with Angela Hall.

    GenJackPlaque 2015

    In 2015, Leicestershire County Council installed a green plaque on The Old House in memory of “General Jack.”

  • Acknowledgement My thanks go to Mr. Kenneth Jack for allowing me access to General Jack’s memoirs and diaries and for his permission to reproduce certain extracts and photographs. I also acknowledge the Orion Publishing Group for their permission to quote extracts from the publication: General Jack’s Diary edited by John Terraine, Cassell Military Paperbacks 2000. ISBN 0304353205. Various extracts have been reproduced from the Market Harborough Advertiser.
Monday, 05 February 2018 15:37

The Big Dig

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The Big Dig
On the weekend of 25th and 26th July 2009 two hundred villagers, volunteer diggers and professional archaeologists worked together to open fifty test pits in the villages of Kibworth Beauchamp, Kibworth Harcourt and Smeeton Westerby in south Leicestershire.The event was organised by Michael Wood and his production team from Maya Vision International as part of their new BBC TV series the “Story of England” and under the direction of Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA). Big Dig volunteers outside the Coach and Horses InnAndrew Southerden (pub licensee), Michael Wood and Prof. Carenza Lewis in foreground The volunteers gathered in Kibworth Grammar School…

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  • 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.
Saturday, 25 November 2017 10:41

The White House and Nonconformity

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The White House (The Crown Inn), 51 and 53 Leicester Road, Kibworth Harcourt. The first record of a house on the site of the White House was in the sixteenth century when the Parker family resided in a stone mansion on Leicester Road, Kibworth Harcourt where the White House stands today. Although the Parker family built a house on the site of the Old House, Main Street, Kibworth Harcourt and later in 1678 built the present Old House some members of the family continued to reside in the Leicester Road mansion. After the death of Geffery Parker in 1714, his…

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  • 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.
Monday, 23 October 2017 11:52

Kibworth Harcourt Village Centre

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 Where Main Street, leads into Albert Street the road widens at the junction and is fronted by The Old House, a superb Carolean Grade I Listed house of 1678 (see Early Modern/The Old House). The curved iron railings of the Old House on Main Street encroach on the space which once formed a market area and where stood a market cross along with the village pump, and a water trough.

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    Land Family and Inheritance in Transition, Cecily Howell

    Story of England, Michael Wood

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    History and Antiques of the County of Leicester, John Nichols, 1795

They were the land girls who fought the Nazis from fields of Leicestershire – growing and farming food for an Allied army which marched on its stomach. And now, those members of the Women’s Land Army and the Women’s Timber Corps have received official recognition for helping preserve our freedom during both World Wars. Kibworth Harcourt residents, Betty Ward, 86, and Rose Holyoak, 88, were among more than 2,000 local Leicestershire and Rutland women who were awarded a veteran’s badge of honour by the Government in respect of their services in the summer of 2008. Rose Holyoak and Betty Ward…

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Manor House has medieval origins and is a Grade II listed building. Originally a peasant house in the 14th century, it became the Bailiff’s house in the 15th and 16th centuries. After that it was a yeoman farmer’s house however it has never been a Manorial House. Adam Brown, a merchant of considerable standing, lived in the house which later became known as Manor House although it is shown in Merton College archives as ‘Brown’s  Place’ no doubt because Adam Brown and his family lived there during the 14th and 15th centuries.  Dendrochronological investigation when the Story of England TV…
Philip Doddridge was born after thirty-six hours labour in London in 1702. He was the last of twenty children of Daniel Dandridge, a prosperous merchant, and his wife, Monica. Philip and his sister Elizabeth were the only survivors of the twenty children. From an early age his mother began to teach him the history of the Old New Testament In his youth, Philip Doddridge was educated first by a tutor employed by his parents and he was later boarded at a private school in London. In 1712 he attended a grammar school at Kingston-upon-Thames where he studied under the Rev…

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