Markfield Local History Group meetings

The Group usually meets on the evening of the second Tuesday of alternate months, either in the rooms behind the Methodist Church on Main Street, or out and about 'on location'.  

Church Hall meetings usually include a guest speaker presenting a topic of interest, followed by refreshments and a short group business and planning discussion. Meetings are open to members and non-members alike. Non-members are usually asked to pay £3 per meeting, which includes light refreshments.


16 July - village walk

The annual Village walk will take place, as part of the Archaeology Fortnight. 

Meet on the lower part of The Green LE67 9WD for 7.15pm. This is opposite the Methodist Church, Main Street, Markfield.  The walk will finish around 9.15pm.

Please wear stout footwear, as the route includes the former Hill Hole quarry and similar terrain.


17 September - Overseers of the Poor, and the plight of the village pauper

In this talk, Michael Ball will explore role of Overseers of the Poor, and the plight of the village pauper. We will visit the village workhouse(s) and the Market Bosworth Union Workhouse established in 1838. Secondly, we will explore the varied duties of the Parish Constable, from earliest times. We will then explore more stories from the village doctor and further stories from the school records of Markfield and the surrounding villages of the Bradgate Estate. 

This study will begin in the era of the Tudors and Stuarts, then turn to the turbulent times of late 18th century. Finally we will look in detail at the Victorian era, exploring the rich legacy of stories to be found in the local newspapers and parish documents of  particular interest.


19 November - Public Houses in Markfield

Laurence Lock will speak on the rise and fall of public houses in Markfield.