Posted by Stephen Sat, April 01, 2017 07:59:32
Posted by Stephen Sat, February 11, 2017 16:10:50
John worked across many genres, from magnificently-detailed paintings of the hunting scenes of south Leicestershire to avdertisements for Wicksteed Park in Northamptonshire, the illustrations for 31 Ladybird books and six Thomas the Tank Engine stories.
I shall be joined by John's friends and former colleagues at the Kibworth design Studio of J.E.Slater.
Please contact Kibworth Community Library or the Kibworth Bookshop if you would like to join us.
Posted by Stephen Sat, February 04, 2017 08:01:31
By happy co-incidence, I was recently looking through the souvenir programme of the famous Leicester Pageant and found this photograph of Pochins. The Pageant took place in 1932 so this must be very similar to how the store looked when Wilkinson was working there.
Posted by Stephen Fri, February 03, 2017 07:15:33
Posted by Stephen Thu, February 02, 2017 07:04:28
This old coaching inn has a long history. The oldest part is the section facing Main Street, which dates to the late 17th century. In 1815, the route of the turnpike through Kibworth was changed to avoid the dangerous bends along Main Street, effectively making a 'bypass' and the A6 route as we know it today. This made the elevation facing the A6 more important. It was the busiest of the many inns along the route because the bypass diverted business from the inns along Main Street.
Since the closure of Raithas, the building has deteriorated. One hopes that the present owners will soon develop the site and retain at least some of the historic features that remain.
Posted by Stephen Wed, February 01, 2017 06:42:46
I recently met Tony Wilkinson, former Chairman of Wilkos, and son of the founder of the company. His father was James Kemsey Wilkinson, who opened his first hardware shop in Leicester's Charnwood Street in 1930. Tony gave me this photograph of his father, and told me of his memories of childhood, and later when he joined the family business and became manager of the company's first Leicester store in Charles Street.
Posted by Stephen Tue, January 31, 2017 14:23:12
St Giles has been long associated with Medbourne, and St Michaels with Hallaton. It was not until the twentieth century that they were united to create one ecclesiastical parish. It is said that St Giles was founded by Richard I. John Nichols informs us that this was in recognition of the gallantry of Hugo de Nevill:
By king Richard I, the lordship of Blaston was given to Hugo de Nevill, a valiant knight, who being a servant in court to king Richard the First, was in 1193 with that king in the Holy Land, where he performed the part of a stout soldier; and likewise flew a lion by a shot with an arrow into the breast, then piercing his body with a sword.
St Giles served the greater part of the valley in which Blaston lies. For centuries it was associated with Medbourne but maintained its independence as a free chapel with no obligations other than the payment of a pension of 5s per year which allowed parishioners from Blaston to be buried there. Nichols believed that the chapel's independence arose from being founded on royal demesne.
It was rebuilt between 1710 and 1714 with a round-headed doorway, two-light mullioned windows, and a small bell-cote, and it is this building that is illustrated in Nichols with a nave and small chancel and measuring just 50 feet 6 inches in length.
Both chapels were rebuilt
again in 1878 by the Revd. G. C. Fenwicke. The architect was George Edmund
Street who also designed the Parish Church of St Peters in Highfields in
The chapel of St. Michael is first mentioned in about 1220 as belonging to that part of Hallaton church owned by the Martival family, and was even smaller than St Giles, being only 33 feet 6 inches in length and 17 feet 6 inches in width.
The small chapelry of St Michael comprised the eastern part of the village and a number of fields, and was served for three days of each week from Hallaton. The paddock, to the south of the main street, in which the chapel is situated, was owned by the rectors of Hallaton until it was sold in recent years.
St. Michael's seems to have been kept in very good condition in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Longmate’s engraving in Nichols shows it as a simple post-Reformation building with square-headed windows and gables with parapets; but in 1838 the archdeacon reported that the roof was in disrepair and the east and west ends cracking away from the side walls. In 1842 he described St. Michael's as ‘a most mean building in a dilapidated condition, its timbers rotten, slates loose, and ceiling falling.’
The chapel was allowed to
fall into worsening repair. In 1858 it was described as 'dilapidated, dirty and
dangerous'. Finally, in 1878, it was rebuilt, and services continued to be held
there until about 1922. It was partly
demolished in 1967 and is now an evocative ruin in a very peaceful setting.
Posted by Stephen Tue, January 31, 2017 12:18:39
In its natural state Knightstone was a barren island reached only at low tide. It was a good fishing spot, a salmon of 30lbs once was landed there. The causeway, bath house and swimming pool were among the first features developed to create the health and holiday resort of Weston-super-Mare.
The causeway was heightened using granite from a quarry near Falmouth, owned by Dr Joseph Fox. This weighty cargo was transported round Lands End in ships belonging to his cousin G.K.Fox. Granite was also used for the characteristic Cornish bastions protecting Knightstone from the sea. Contemporary reports state that Dr Fox spent £20,000 or more on the island.
This view is from the building whch once accommodated Dr Fox's medical baths, and which are now Dr Fox's Tearooms.