Early Modern

Early Modern (17)

1485-1730

The Turnpike Route Through Kibworth Harcourt
Leicestershire’s first turnpike road was a section of the main road between London and West Scotland which is now the A6.  The road was built in 1726 and ran through Loughborough, Leicester, Kibworth Harcourt and Market Harborough. The Turnpike Acts authorised Trusts to levy tolls on those using the road and to use that income to repair and improve the road. Trusts could also purchase property to widen or divert existing roads. The trusts were not-for-profit and maximum tolls were set. In 1726 the first Turnpike Trusts, in Leicestershire were the Market Harborough to Leicester and the Loughborough to Leicester…

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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.
Sunday, 11 September 2016 21:15

Kibworth Harcourt Map 1609

Kibworth Harcourt Map 1609
This map, from the first decade of the 17 century, illustrated Kibworth Harcourt on the eve of the agricultural revolution, just prior to the enclosure movement that would wipe out the Medieval strip farming.

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  • Year 1609
  • 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.
Sunday, 11 September 2016 21:11

Kibworth Harcourt Map 1781

Kibworth Harcourt Map 1781
This map is of particular interest for several reasons. More generally it displays the advancement in cartography. More specifically to Harcourt, it shows the impact of the enclosure movement and the development of more modern land holdings and agricultural practices.

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  • Year 1781
  • 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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