Monday, 23 October 2017 11:52

Kibworth Harcourt Village Centre

Kibworth Harcourt Village Centre
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 Where Main Street, leads into Albert Street the road widens at the junction and is fronted by The Old House, a superb Carolean Grade I Listed house of 1678 (see Early Modern/The Old House). The curved iron railings of the Old House on Main Street encroach on the space which once formed a market area and where stood a market cross along with the village pump, and a water trough.

The Market Cross

The market cross, dating from the 15th century or earlier, is described in the History and Antiques of the County of Leicester by John Nichols, 1795  as follows;

‘On a square pillar in the town street is a sundial, ball & weather cock, on a base of 3 large circular steps’.

The cross was removed in 1881 and the stones at the base were scattered about the village.

 

As the result of a village initiative the cross was re-erected at the entrance to Jubilee Green in the form of simple stone structure the base stones having been found in nearby gardens.New market Cross

 The New Market Cross

 

The Slang

Between Manor Farmhouse and Village Pump is an overgrown track which in the 13th century was known as the ‘Slang’ also referred to as a cartway or droveway running from the village to open fields. Such a broad slang would have acted as a boundary between the old settlement to the west and new settlement called the Apetoft sub-manor.

The Village Pump (Cross Pump)

Village PumpThe pump is located under a substantial Horse Chestnut tree and supplied a never ending flow of water to the dwellings in Main Street and Albert Street, in addition to steam traction engines that needed to replenish their water tanks. The pump has been restored, but is no longer in working order since part of the mechanism was removed.

 

 

 

 Village Pump

The Market

Merton College, Oxford holds a sketch which shows the Village Pump on an isolated island and the Market Cross in the centre of an open space much larger than today and although Kibworth Harcourt was never granted a royal charter for a market but there is evidence that markets were held at the junction of Main Street, Hog Lane (Albert Street) and the Slang. The market area contained the communal kiln and a horse mill and every Thursday the market stalls sold cloth, leather goods, shoes, tools, farm gear and food.

As the result of a village initiative the cross was re-erected at the entrance to Jubilee Green in the form of simple stone structure the base stones having been found in nearby gardens

 

The Pig Market

Main Street from the Market becomes Albert Street which was formerly known as 'Hog Lane' from a pig market that was once held there. 

Additional Info

  • Reference:

     

    Land Family and Inheritance in Transition, Cecily Howell

    Story of England, Michael Wood

    http://www.visitoruk.com

    History and Antiques of the County of Leicester, John Nichols, 1795

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