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Wednesday, 27 November 2019 11:38

The Kibworth Theater

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The Kibworth Theater (Theatre) is believed to have been situated on the turnpike road in Main Street, Kibworth Harcourt during the 18th and 19th centuries. The exact location has not been confirmed but is believed to have been to the rear of 25 Main Street. This location would have been convenient to entertain passengers taking a rest break at the many inns when journeying through the village on the many stage coaches travelling along the turnpike route. Indeed travelling theatre players would also have also used the coaches and taken advantage of the theater to perform plays. In addition local…

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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.
Sunday, 10 November 2019 10:38

Historic Gathering at Kibworth 1863

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Historic Gathering at Kibworth 1863 The Leicestershire Architectural and Archaeological Society AGM The Leicestershire Architectural and Archaeological Society held its two day AGM in Kibworth in August 1863. The following article is a transcript of a detailed report recorded in the Leicester Journal published on Friday, 7 August, 1863. The original newspaper report had very few paragraph breaks and no headings. This transcript has introduced paragraphs and headings. This Society held its annual general meeting (in union with the Architectural Society of the Archdeaconry of Northampton) on Tuesday and Wednesday last, at Kibworth Beauchamp. At the commencement of the proceedings…

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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, 07 October 2019 16:26

JOHNSON & BARNES LTD

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JOHNSON & BARNES LTD Dover Street, Kibworth Beauchamp The company was started by John Thomas Johnson who was working for a hosiery manufacturer in Fleckney when he decided to start his own business.  He installed two knitting frames in a shed in Kibworth Beauchamp and started production.  He was joined by William Barnes in 1901 and the Johnson and Barnes Company was created. A factory was built in Dover Street and equipped with knitting machines to manufacture fully fashioned hose. The company expanded rapidly and in 1906 a factory was opened at Lutterworth and two years later new machines were…

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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, 16 August 2019 09:58

Harcourt House and Marsh Drive

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Harcourt House, Harcourt Estate and Marsh Drive, Kibworth Harcourt Harcourt Estate fronts onto the A6 Leicester Road opposite the Coach and Horses Inn and Marsh Drive, which runs between the A6 Harborough Road and Langton Road, and are both 20th century developments. Prior to 1931 part of that area was occupied by Harcourt House which, for many rears had been the home of the Marriott family. (See Sir Charles Hayes Marriott MD, FRC- Modern). The gardens of Harcourt House occupied approximately 2 acres.   Harcourt House looking from Church Road Following the death of Sir Charles Marriott’s widow, Lady Marriott,…

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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, 05 August 2019 09:37

The Coach and Horses Inn

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The Coach and Horses Inn, an 18th century Coaching Inn, situated on the old turnpike road in Kibworth at the junction of Church Road and the A6 Harborough Road. The turnpike Road was built in 1726 and ran from Scotland to London passing through Leicester, Kibworth and Market Harborough. (see The Turnpike Route Through Kibworth Harcourt-Early Modern) Originally a wooden pump and a horse trough with a mounting stone stood at the front of the Inn. The trough served as a watering place for horses using the turnpike Road and after the railway through Kibworth was completed in the mid…

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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.
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 12:37

Sir Charles Hayes Marriott

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Sir Charles Hayes Marriott MD, FRCS, DL,  (1832 – 1910) Charles Hayes Marriott was born in Kibworth Harcourt on 18 October 1832, he was the son of John Marriott MRCS, and his wife Georgiana. The Marriott family had a history of medical practice in Kibworth, his father practiced for fifty five years and his grandfather also practiced in Kibworth for over fifty years. Charles attended Uppingham School and after leaving school went to Northampton Hospital where he was a pupil of Henry Terry, a Surgeon at the hospital. After three years' apprenticeship at Northampton Hospital he moved to University College…

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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.
Wednesday, 03 July 2019 08:54

John Theodore Kenney

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John Theodore Kenney (1911 – 1972) John Kenney was born in 1911. He studied at the Leicester College of Art in the Hawthorn Building in the Newarke.  After his graduation, Kenney joined J.E.Slater, the Kibworth-based firm of commercial artists for whom he worked for over forty years. It was at Slaters that he met his wife, Peggy. She was the daughter of a farming couple in Smeeton Westerby. The Second World War disrupted Kenney’s work, and he was called up.  He served with the 44th Searchlight Regiment and the 121st Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment.  He landed in Normandy on D-Day and, although…

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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, 09 April 2019 08:58

Kibworth Hall

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On the north-east boundary of Kibworth Harcourt and to the east of Carlton Road stands Kibworth Hall, a grade ll listed building. The Hall is a square Georgian mansion standing in an extensive park and has an embattled parapet and hoodmoulds to the windows. Internally there was a fine staircase with an iron balustrade. Built c1825 by the Humfrey family who lived in the Old House, Kibwirth Harcourt. (See The Old House-Early Modern) John Benjamin Humfrey and his wife Charlotte moved into the newly built Hall. When John Benjamin Humfrey died in 1864 his son and heir Richard Buckley Humfrey…

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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.
Thursday, 04 April 2019 10:38

Kibworth Railway Station

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Midland Railway (MR) was a railway company formed in 1844 and ceased trading in 1922. The company opened Kibworth railway station in 1857 on what is now the Midland Main Line. Plans had been made in 1847 for a line from Leicester to Bedford but this did not materialise. The Midland Railway Company was running to Rugby at that time and was dependant on the London and North Western Railway for its path into London. The company was looking for an alternative route and a plan to route a line from Leicester to Bedford was reconsidered. This improved the possibilities of a railway station at or near Kibworth…

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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.
Article written by Angela Hall General James Lochhead Jack lived in Kibworth Harcourt from 1923 until 1962, he was a well-known local figure and is still remembered. Childhood and Early Military Career: James Lochhead Jack was born on 18thApril 1880, the eldest son of Peter and Mary Jack of Paisley. His father was a carpet manufacturer who owned a business in the town. Tragically his mother died when he was only seven. From an early age Jack developed a passion for horses and riding which lasted throughout his life. His father regularly hunted with the Lanark and Renfrewshire Foxhounds and…

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    This article first appeared in The Harborough Historian in 2006 and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the author, Angela Hall. The copyright of the article remains with Angela Hall.

    GenJackPlaque 2015

    In 2015, Leicestershire County Council installed a green plaque on The Old House in memory of “General Jack.”

  • Acknowledgement My thanks go to Mr. Kenneth Jack for allowing me access to General Jack’s memoirs and diaries and for his permission to reproduce certain extracts and photographs. I also acknowledge the Orion Publishing Group for their permission to quote extracts from the publication: General Jack’s Diary edited by John Terraine, Cassell Military Paperbacks 2000. ISBN 0304353205. Various extracts have been reproduced from the Market Harborough Advertiser.
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