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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.

 

Sunday, 27 June 2021 12:00

The Grand Union Canal - Leicestershire Line

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THE GRAND UNION CANAL - LEICESTERSHIRE LINE The Leicestershire line of the Grand Union Canal meanders from Leicester to Market Harborough passing through the Parish of Smeeton Westerby from a point southwest of the Smeeton Road Bridge (No. 70) to Debdale Wharf. In 1793 an Act of Parliament was passed enabling the construction of the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Union Canal. This new section of canal was intended to link the Soar Navigation near Leicester to the River Nene in Northamptonshire. Construction of the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Canal commenced and by 1797 the canal had reached Debdale where the Debdale Wharf…

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  • 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.
Tuesday, 01 June 2021 10:08

The Railway Arms

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The Railway Arms, 6 Station Street, Kibworth Beauchamp   The Railway Arms © The Bitterman and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence The Railway Arms Inn, also known as The Railway and the Railway Tavern was built in 1845 shortly before the Midland Railway Company obtained powers to build a line from Wigston to Market Harborough via Kibworth. The Inn’s location at 6 Station Street was close to the Kibworth Railway Station. (see Kibworth Railway Station-Modern) At the Market Harborough Petty Sessions on 3rd January 1846 the first licence for the Railway Tavern was granted to William Hall, butcher…

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  • 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.
Friday, 28 May 2021 10:43

The Great Famine and the Black Death

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THE GREAT FAMINE AND THE BLACK DEATH The 14th century was a difficult period for Kibworth Beauchamp, Kibworth Harcourt, Smeeton Westerby and indeed the whole country. 1314 saw the start of the Great Famine, followed by The Black Death in 1348, with both leaving a trail of death and economic problems for the three villages. The Great Famine 1314 to 1317 During 1313 severe gales caused havoc in the villages damaging buildings, hedges and trees. Hard frosts in the first months of 1314 persisted until April followed by a hot dry summer which baked the ground resulting in a poor…

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  • 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.
Monday, 29 March 2021 15:14

Smeeton Westerby Manor

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SMEETON WESTERBY MANOR 1086 – 1888 Before the Norman Conquest of England there is no record of holders of land in Smeeton Westerby. 1068           The Domesday Book first draft completed in 1086 contained the following entry for Smeeton Westerby: Land of King William. Households  10 villagers. 73 freemen. 32 smallholders Land and resources  Ploughland: 2 lord's plough teams. 26.5 men's plough teams. Other resources: Meadow 36.5 acres. Valuation Annual value to lord: 10 pounds 2 shillings and 5 pence in 1086; 1 shilling when acquired by the 1086 owner. Owners  Tenant-in-chief in 1086: King William.…

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  • 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.
Saturday, 13 March 2021 18:07

The Foxton Family of Kibworth

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1571 – 1797 The first recorded trace of the Foxton family in Kibworth was the birth of John Foxton in 1571. He was the son of Samuel Foxton born 1530 in Leicester. John married Annis, born, c1575, in Kibworth Beauchamp. They had four daughters and two sons; Richard born 20 Nov.1609 and William born1613 who died in the year of his birth. John Foxton died leaving a will dated 29th August 1767 and Annis died in1635. Their son Richard Foxton lived in Kibworth Beauchamp and in 1646 married Agnes/Ann born 1626 in Leicestershire to parents’ unknown. Together they had eight…

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  • Year 1571 – 1797
  • Reference

    Jeni Molyneux

    Pembrokeshire Archives, ref: D /WIL/63

    The Gentleman’s Magazine 

    Transcription of the Gentleman’s Magazine entry- June James; Credit June James; File line  number 192) 

    Wik­i T ree genealogy 

    Family Search

    Ancestry 

Sunday, 27 December 2020 12:21

POYNTZ ADAMS 1789-1870 Part 2.

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POYNTZ ADAMS 1789-1870 Part 2. POYNTZ ADAMS 1789-1870 Part 2. POYNTZ ADAMS 1789-1870 Part 2.
POYNTZ ADAMS 1789-1870 Part 2. May 1811 Dr Poyntz Adams left London to set up as a general practitioner in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire. His career as a country practitioner was ahead of him with a set of expensive instruments bought for him, by his uncle Rev.Thomas Thomas. In a letter from Poyntz Adams at 5, St Thomas’s Tents, Southwark to his uncle. ‘I go to church every Sunday and it is Mr Neve who does duty, his wife called to see me about a poor woman that I am attending. I have got already twenty -six patients on my books.I…

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  • Year 1811
  • Acknowledgement Northampton County Record Office
    Pembrokeshire County Record Office
    National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Sunday, 27 December 2020 12:13

POYNTZ ADAMS 1789-1870 Part 1.

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POYNTZ ADAMS 1789-1870 Part 1. POYNTZ ADAMS 1789-1870 Part 1. POYNTZ ADAMS 1789-1870 Part 1. POYNTZ ADAMS 1789-1870 Part 1.
Grandson of George Foxton of Kibworthcorrespondence with his uncle Rev.Thomas Thomas. ‘A youngest son who had to make his own way’ Whilst Poyntz Adams did not live in Kibworth except on visits his grandfather was George Foxton who lived in Manor Farmhouse, Main Street, Kibworth Harcourt and his aunt Elizabeth Thomas, nee Foxton. His mother Sarah was born, lived her early life and was married in Kibworth before moving to Essex. (see The Foxton Family of Kibworth-modern). From the Rev Thomas Thomas’s’ correspondence we see that Dr Poyntz Adams was educated and financed by him. The letters reveal the difficulties…

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  • Year 1789
  • Acknowledgement Northampton County Record Office
    Pembrokeshire County Record Office
    National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
Friday, 16 October 2020 15:08

Manor House, 30 High Street, Kibworth Beauchamp

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Manor House, Summer 2020 The Manor House and garden wall, 30 High Street, Kibworth Beauchamp, is a grade II listed building and possibly the oldest surviving house in the village dating from the 16th century. The house is H-shaped in plan, the lower part of the walls being of ironstone and the upper story timber-framed. The hall, with a room above it, occupies the central block. The hall is lit by a stone-mullioned window in the front wall, and has a stone chimney at its west end. Behind the chimney is the former crosspassage, its front entrance now blocked. The…

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  • 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.
The Mud Cottage,70 High Street, Kibworth Beauchamp, an 18th century thatched cottage was demolished in the late 1940’s.The remaining Mud Wall is a Grade ll listed building. The cottage may have been a farm worker’s home developed from a farm outbuilding on land at the edge of the village.  The 1886 Ordnance Survey map shows the cottage as the last residential property on the north end of High Street. The last occupants of the cottage were Charlie Everitt and his son, Ted.  The cottage was damaged by fire which apparently causing quite a spectacle with many villagers flocking to the…

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  • 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.
Saturday, 01 August 2020 09:55

Kibworth Beauchamp Manor 11th to 20th Century

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Kibworth Beauchamp Manor 11th to 20th Century 1042 - 1066 During the reign of Edward the Confessor, 5 carucatesi and 6 bovatesii of the Kibworth Beauchamp Manor were held by Edwin and Alferd, and 6 carucates by Ailmar. 1086 The manor of Kibworth Beauchamp was held by Robert (the dispensator) and consisted of 11 carucates and 6 bovates. 1121 Geoffrey Ridel held 1 carucate of the manor on his death 1130 11 carucates were held by Walter de Beauchamp and one carucate by Richard Basset. Walter, whose wife’s uncle was Robert (the dispensator), acquired the land from him. Richard Basset…

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  • 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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