QLHS visit to Melton Mowbray - 3rd September 2015
Following an enjoyable coach journey we arrived in Melton Mowbray, where we had two hours to see the town. As time was limited we decided to visit St Mary’s church, then to walk round as much of the town as possible.
Parts of the church date from 1170. Pevsner called it “the stateliest and most impressive church in Leicestershire” in his book Buildings in Leicestershire. The church has many stained glass windows, some dedicated to people from the town for example the great west window is dedicated to two local families of solicitors. A President of the Royal Academy, Sir Francis Grant, a well known local artist, also has a window dedicated to him as does Sir Malcolm Sargent, who was organist and choirmaster at the church from 1914 to 1924. There is also a window, known as the Martyrs’ Window dedicated to Bishops Ridley, Latimer and Cranmer who all died for their faith.
The Parachute Regiment, who flew to Arnhem from the parish, are remembered by a plaque in the church. There is also a memorial Banner of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps.
During our walk round the town we saw many interesting buildings including the “Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe”, which was visited by most of our party.
Guildhall, Pork Pie Shoppe, Anne of Cleves Pub and below
Bede House, Corn Cross, Colles Hall and Cardigan House
Near where the coach was parked there was a lovely little park which ran down to the water’s edge and seemed to be the grounds to a rest home.
Egerton Lodge(built 1829) and St Luke’s Church
After a short journey we arrived at the Golden Fleece in Upper Broughton, where we enjoyed a very good lunch. Following this the landlady suggested that we take a look at the local church, which was just round the corner. The church is dedicated to St. Luke and has a quilt made by the Upper Broughton Patchwork Group and records village events.
Back in the Golden Fleece we were given a demonstration of how to make a hand raised pork pie by a lady from Brockleby’s. It proved to be a difficult thing to do, as two of our members discovered when they tried to replicate hand raising a pie. However they made a very good job of it. When the demonstration was over we were all given a pork pie.
Yet again Bernard you have taken us to an interesting destination and we had an enjoyable time. Thank you
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