"Little Known Leicestershire & Rutland"

November 2005 Meeting Report

Guest Speaker -Bob Trubshaw

The November 2005 meeting of the Keyworth & District Local History Society was held in The Centenary Lounge, Keyworth, on the 4th November 2005. The speaker for the evening was Bob Trubshaw and the subject was “Little Known Leicestershire & Rutland. For the first time for a while The Centenary Lounge was packed to capacity. The talk was presented in the form of a slide show with an accompanying talk.

The presentation began with slides depicting a selection of Standing Stones, which were situated at such places as Grimston, Rearsby, Anstey, Market Harborough and Bradgate Park. The history relating to the stones was unknown, their origins and purpose being lost in antiquity. Various hypotheses have been forwarded relating to their individual histories but all are based on speculation. Next a selection of stone crosses was shown. The first was a cross situated at Frisby-on-the-Wreake. This is known as The Pilgrim’s Cross and is situated in the village centre. It used to stand in the middle of a road junction but has been moved by the local Council. The Council have put five granite setts in the road to indicate where the cross used to stand, an action much appreciated by historians. The remains of another cross were shown located at Hoby, here the cross is reduced to a stump with a sundial surmounted on it. Other locations which were shown boasting crosses were Ragdale, Mountsorrel, Bottesford, Harby, Muston, Hathern, Tilton on the Hill, and Sproxton.

Next a selection of ancient, and not so ancient, wells was shown. Well were shown located at Ab Kettleby, Holwell, Beeby, Waltham on the Wolds, Eastwell, Oakham, Ashwell, Greetham, and Croxton Kerrial. The audience was then shown a large selection of church carvings and decorations. These were extremely numerous and varied. Almost without exception very little was known relating to any of the carvings and decorations. Some were fairly crude in their execution, others quite obviously the work of highly skilled stonemasons. None could be attributed to specific people, nor is it possible to ascertain the idea behind the work. The variety involved with the carvings and decorations was vast, ranging from the incredibly intricate and beautiful to the downright lewd.

The audience were then shown a selection of items such as maypoles, stocks, village pumps and a particularly interesting item in the form of a turf maze situated at Wing. The maze is one of only eight known surviving medieval turf mazes in Britain. It is fifty feet in diameter and has been maintained by the villagers of Wing for over five hundred years. If anyone wishes to know more about the places of interest related to in this talk Bob Trubshaw has written a book entitled “Little-known Leicestershire & Rutland” which deals with all of the slides shown in the presentation and much more besides. The presentation lasted for over an hour and a half but was always interesting. The last talk of this year’s Society’s meetings was very well received by an appreciative audience. Well done Bob!!