Category Archives: Market Harborough

Market Harborough

Market Harborough was a ‘new’ town created in the 12th century and lies about halfway between Leicester and Northampton.  According to Nicholls, Market Harborough was first mentioned in 1170; it was mentioned again in a Pipe Roll of 1199 relating to … Continue reading

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Agnes Bowkers’ Cat

I love the weird and wonderful and this story is definitely that.  I have taken most of the information from, Agnes Bowker’s Cat; Travesties and Transgressions in Tudor and Stuart England, by David Cressy. Agnes Bowker, aged 27, daughter of … Continue reading

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Plague!

Oh Lord save us!  A great pestilence is upon us. Reports reached London in 1347 of a terrifying and incurable disease which was spreading from the East.  It reached England in 1348 and is thought to have killed millions of … Continue reading

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The October Fair

Market Harborough used to hold an annual fair in October.  The Fair would begin on 18th October, the eve of St Dionysius, and last for nine days.  It was something which was looked forward to for months.  The town would … Continue reading

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William Bryan

One of the interesting headstones which survive in St Mary in Arden’s graveyards is this one: Sacred To the Memory of William Bryan Late of Spode in the Parish Of Clun County of Salop Who died Suddenly In Harborough The … Continue reading

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St Mary in Arden

A short walk from the train station at Market Harborough, Leicestershire and you find an old ruined church surrounded by old headstones and trees.  St Mary’s in Arden has fascinated me from the first time I saw it. I have … Continue reading

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