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Welcome to the Kibworth Village Online Museum. Here you will find a range of artefacts about Kibworth and its people from pre-history down to contemporary times.

 

They were the land girls who fought the Nazis from fields of Leicestershire – growing and farming food for an Allied army which marched on its stomach. And now, those members of the Women’s Land Army and the Women’s Timber Corps have received official recognition for helping preserve our freedom during both World Wars. Kibworth Harcourt residents, Betty Ward, 86, and Rose Holyoak, 88, were among more than 2,000 local Leicestershire and Rutland women who were awarded a veteran’s badge of honour by the Government in respect of their services in the summer of 2008. Rose Holyoak and Betty Ward…

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  • Year 2008
Manor House has medieval origins and is a Grade II listed building. Originally a peasant house in the 14th century, it became the Bailiff’s house in the 15th and 16th centuries. After that it was a yeoman farmer’s house however it has never been a Manorial House. Adam Brown, a merchant of considerable standing, lived in the house which later became known as Manor House although it is shown in Merton College archives as ‘Brown’s  Place’ no doubt because Adam Brown and his family lived there during the 14th and 15th centuries.  Dendrochronological investigation when the Story of England TV…

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  • Date Tuesday, 01 August 2017
Philip Doddridge was born after thirty-six hours labour in London in 1702. He was the last of twenty children of Daniel Dandridge, a prosperous merchant, and his wife, Monica. Philip and his sister Elizabeth were the only survivors of the twenty children. From an early age his mother began to teach him the history of the Old New Testament In his youth, Philip Doddridge was educated first by a tutor employed by his parents and he was later boarded at a private school in London. In 1712 he attended a grammar school at Kingston-upon-Thames where he studied under the Rev…

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 14:32

Domesday Book entry - Chiborne = Kibworth

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Entry from the Domesday Book (1086) for the Gartree Wappentake (Area) including section on Chiborne = Kibworth. Translation below on 4 pages.

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  • Year 1086

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  • Date Wednesday, 26 July 2017
  • Acknowledgement The Kibworth Improvement Team thank and acknowledge the Warden and Fellows of Merton College, Oxford for permission to use images on this website of the college and archived material.
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 12:21

Stained glass windows in St Wilfrid's Church

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STAINED GLASS descriptions in St Wilfrid's Church starting with the north window to the right of the north porch (Harcourt side), proceed clockwise around the church : each description gives subject, inscription, date and artist.  Photographs will be added as obtained, although one photo of the stained glass depicting Walter de Merton in the bell tower, that is only visible inside the bell tower, is shown (see 13 below). 1. North Aisle: The Raising of Lazarus (John 11).  Scrolls above - I am the resurrection and the life. John 11:25; inscribed below: He cried with a loud voice / Lazarus come…
Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00

A sobering thought

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During the sorting and archiving of St Wilfrid’s Parish records in the mid 1990s, a number of interesting documents came to light.  One such document which was written by James Beresford (Rector, 1812-1841) for distribution throughout Kibworth Beauchamp, Kibworth Harcourt and Smeeton Westerby (the ‘three townships’) is reprinted here together with the article that was delivered to every household.  Clearly the community must have been suffering from considerable drunkenness for this step to be taken!  What effect would such a step have today?  Would we need to replace drunkenness with drug addiction? Kibworth Rectory, Aug 17. 1834    In the…

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  • Date Monday, 30 November -0001
  • Acknowledgement The Kibworth Improvement Team thank and acknowledge the Warden and Fellows of Merton College, Oxford for permission to use images on this website of the college and archived material.
Many local people still remember Canon Edward Fletcher (1902-1933). The antics of his dozen-ish children will also be remembered as they ‘terrorised’ the village for a generation (including air-gun attacks on people as they walked past the church!); several of them achieved distinction in their own right including Anthony, who himself was ordained, spent time in North Africa with the Army during the second world war and finally emigrated to become a fruit farmer in Canada. He recently returned to Kibworth for a visit in 1995 at the age of 85, and he had not been in Kibworth since a…

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  • Date Monday, 30 November -0001
  • Acknowledgement The Kibworth Improvement Team thank and acknowledge the Warden and Fellows of Merton College, Oxford for permission to use images on this website of the college and archived material.
After the Puritan period of John Yaxley (Rector, 1654-1660), Kibworth became a centre of Protestant dissent. In 1669, a 200 member conventicle (or clandestine religious meeting) of Presbyterians and Independents was held in Kibworth Harcourt. The leaders of the meeting were Matthew Clark (who might well have been related to the Richard Clark who helped eject Yaxley) and another ejected minister called Southam. A building, the Meeting House, off the Leicester Road (behind the White House on Leicester Road), was licensed for Presbyterian worship. John Jennings from West Langton moved to Kibworth in 1690 and set up as pastor of…

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  • Date Monday, 30 November -0001
  • Acknowledgement The Kibworth Improvement Team thank and acknowledge the Warden and Fellows of Merton College, Oxford for permission to use images on this website of the college and archived material.
St Wilfrid’s Church history: part 1 early years (1220-1660)
The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester by John Nicholls, Volume II, part II, and published in 1798 gives some fascinating stories about the Gartree Hundred area of South Leicestershire and several detailed accounts of the Kibworths. Copies can be found in local libraries. The church on Church Hill in Kibworth Beauchamp is dedicated to Wilfrid.  Who was he, and why is our church dedicated to a Romish saint? Wilfrid was born a Northumbrian noble in 634.  He lived for 75 years after entering the religious life as a 14 year old, studying at Lindisfarne and Canterbury before…

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  • Date Monday, 30 November -0001
  • Acknowledgement The Kibworth Improvement Team thank and acknowledge the Warden and Fellows of Merton College, Oxford for permission to use images on this website of the college and archived material.
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