I am researching my husband's family the Bacon's of Whitwick and Markfield. John Bacon died 1918. He was a coal carrier.His wife was Elizabeth Toon. Elizabeth's brother John Toon was executor of the Will. Elizabeth Bacon died in Portsea in 1940 leaving land in Shaw Land and Whitwick. I have had an enormous help from the Leicestershire Record Office with Wills and etc. I have a story on the Bacon family who went to Deptford and Portsea
Jenny Thorpe commented
I am a descendant of George Worth of Markfield who migrated to Australia in 1945. I believe his family may have been long time residents of your area. I am currently compiling information for member of the family here. We are quite a large family, spread over the east coast of Australia. I have traced back to a Mrs Worth born in 1580, via the internet
Wonderful site, very informative and has obviously taken a great deal of time and effort, which is very much appreciated. I may have found my “missing” link, more investigation required!
In brief, I am trying to find the parents of John Branston (or any family members) born Market Harborough in 1914, could your “Branston’s” be the same family?
Great site and thank you
Congrats on your excellent website! I am a member of Uppingham Local History Group and am currently researching Rev Timothy Moxon who was Oakham Circuit Minister 1948-58 Tilton and Halstead were included on his 'round'. Could you please tell me if the chapels still exist, also Tilton Grange where he stayed with the Shilcock family when visiting
Thanks for a useful and interesting website.
There is a useful forum for discussing genealogy and local history in Leicester & Leicestershire it's at www.leicesterforum.co.uk
I am also a volunteer for the National Trust talk service and guide at Stoneywell near Loughborough. I am hoping to do a talk about lost Leicestershire mills to our local history group later in the year and I wonder if C you can help by putting me in touch with anyone in your local history group with photographs or information about windmills that existed in the Tilton area. I have seen one picture in the book by Nigel Moon of Tilton Post Mill. Thanks
Jon Bill commented
Brilliant site! I remember Tilton well, my father farmed at Whatborough on the hill, and at Rodhill Farm, and I went to old village school there, I remember the Meakin family having a shop down way past the Church
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This site is totally awesome and a credit to its creators. Through your site I have discovered much useful information and vital dates. I have also discovered that there are 11 members of the Springthorpe family buried in Tilton Parish Church grave yard. Could anyone please tell me if there is a plan of the plots in the graveyard as I would dearly love to pay my respects.
Many thanks again for a beautiful and informative site. Looking forward to any updates that you might make
Pam Rabon commented
Thanks for bringing back so many memories. I had done a search on greasy pete hawkhill and your site appeared!
Had many happy memories in Airlie Hall 65-69 but I was a pure scientist. Incidentally was also the librarian of Airlie Hall but only remember 2 stories on the corner with the library on the top floor - also with a grandfather clock - Enjoyed 3 years in the Hall and still have copies of TAMP magazine to which I also contributed!
I am constantly amazed by the extent and presentation of the articles that make up your site. You and your associate editors must be congratulated on the incredible detail to be found in all of the pages, stories and histories. Your site isn't just extensive, it's fascinating and your attention to detail is second to none. I hope that you will be able to keep it all going for many years to come -- very well done!!
Dave hamilton commented
Do you have any photos of the mill William Addison worked at, I have found he lived at the Manor House, which is mid way between the old water mill and wind mill both now gone. Or photos of William Addison? When his wife died he moved and became a Baker with his son. I am the village Archivist and would love to know more about the miller and his life.
Tom Baines commented
Love your web site it brings back a lot of memories. My mother lived in Wyngate Drive as a child (Josephine Bracey Nee Roll) until she married my dad Philip Bracey during the war. We then lived at 29 Gimson Rd, moving to Wigston in 1960. As kids we were all over the place, Fosse Park, Fosse cinema, Western park. Up and down the Hinckley Rd into town and all around the roads between Gimson rd. and Kirby rd. My kids now adults don't believe me when I tell them we had a Guy Fawkes bonfire on the middle of the road where Neville Rd meets Denton St. Your site has inspired me to do something I've been meaning to do for years, spend a few days finding out about the Leicester I missed as a child. Thanks again for your work and all the best for the future
Great family genealogy. My great grandfather was Edwin Jesse Tilley father of Sarah A Tilley my grandmother. She died 1971 in Beatrice road Newfoundpool Leicester
Like to see updates please
My father was Headmaster of Coalvilla School from 1917 to
1945 when he was asked to run a boarding school for misfits
of the evacuation scheme. This was at Oadby Hall near Leicester
He was there until he retired.
We lived and I was born at 17 Garden Village,Coalville
which is along the Derby Rd. from "Sproston's" corner.We were
just before the second crescent. He paid £750 for it.
I remember the Slinn family living next to the Burgesses.
In the second crescent were the Plumptons,the Bournes
the Melvilles,Foxes,Elsbys,the Hulmes and the Salts.
Not all of the above families attended Coalville as some
went to Leicester School. My father and my brother John and I
walked to school every morning but relished a lift,
sometimes with the Brook Bond van, which was a Trojan with
I can recall some of the names of the pupils----Locketts
Brassingtons,Cottons,Greensmith,Leeses from Cookshill and
Bothams,Paul and Denis Hollins from Roughcote Lane.
The Thompsons from further afield. The Lammomby sisters and
Donald and Duncan McPherson.
I remember the Pearson family who were farmers
I left to go to Narborough Grammar School in 1936,
At Loughborough we had great enjoyment from the Tennis
Club and spent all day there during the holidays.
Narborough Church attracted very large congregations and being in the
in the choir was a bonus in many ways. The Rev. Gower Jones
was a fiery preacher with a great interest in the village.
At the outbreak of war (I was 14)the organist was called up
and as I could play the piano I was asked to play for the
Services. I was delighted and I have been a fairly competent
pianist and organist ever since.
My last appointment was Head of a school near Abingdon and I
welcomed Fred Leese as the Woodwork instructor AND HE CAME
My grandmother was born in Leicester in 1941 at Braunstone
Her father was Thomas Shenton and mother Mary (nee Lovatt )
I would be interested if there are any family graves or memorials in the parish church.
Dear all, have just found your excellent site - I lived in Leicester from 1949 - 1967, went to the school in New Street and lived in Meldon Road at no. 22 next door to the Mortimores on one side and the Wards on the other! Went to Leicester Grammar School on an ancient Arscotts bus - no heating - brrrr! My father was Harold Randle (also known as Eddy) and my Mother, Mavis they ran a thriving Olde Tyme dance club for many years and were very much involved in Coalville carnival! My Garndparents (Alfred & Ada)are in yor beautiful churchyard, together with some other local relatives - Lily Hockin who was a tailoress wholived in Coalville and my great grandmother is also there somewhere. We left in late '63 to move to Melton, my Mother;s home town but still come back from time to time - have great memories - a wonderful place to grow up. Trish (Tricia/Patricia) Burridge nee Randle. PS Burridge is a local name too - my husband Gerald lived there for a time, his parents were Frank & Rene - agricultural haulage - later moved to Higher Thorn and then Loughborough to farm in the early 60s
George Wright commented
Alona Denchau(Denchaw) married James Hargrave Loughborough 1959.Seeking family of above.Valona born Drypool, Hull 1938 to Annie(nee Allen) and Chas Den Chau(aka Ching Denchaw or Chas Chan or Den Chow who had a medicinal herbalist business in Hull. Annie was my Grandfather's sister
Looking for an article from the front page sept 30 1976 featuring an article about a local girl who went to live in Tehran and a national newspaper claimed they were vice girls
My grandfather was posted to RAF Melton Mowbray during the war. Basically had an affair with a local woman who had a child by him - a daughter. We are led to believe that the daughter married an American serviceman - moved to USA and died in a plane crash late 50s early 60s. We have no names. Can anybody shed a light