Enquiry Answered: Did the framework knitters use wool from local sheep?

Enquiry: The framework knitters in Anstey – did they make woollen stockings and if so did they use wool from local sheep? When boot and shoe manufacture took over were they using hides from local cattle? (hence Harry Roberts Leather Tannery – when did that come into existence?). If that’s the case, did local farms…

Enquiry Answered: Was there ever a paper mill?

Enquiry: Were there/are there Anstey businesses using cardboard (for boxes) and paper, e.g. Anstey Wallpaper, Artisan Press, Suburban Press, Ulverscroft Large Print Books. Where did the paper/cardboard come from originally? Was there ever a paper mill? (as in Papermill Row, Paper Mill Close). I’m aware of Broughton’s Timber Yard – was the timber used for…

Enquiry Answered: What was the old building behind Bradgate Brides?

Enquiry: What the old tall building behind Bradgate Brides was originally used for? There’s a sign on the wall LUXURY OFFICES TO LET. Brian Kibble Replies:  The building in The Nook (near) you refer to was originally built in the 1870’s for Burton and Stone boot and shoe factory – the machinery was driven by…

“John Bull” – Anstey’s first full-sized motor vehicle

The Story of John Bull” “Fifty years ago (1969) as I was preparing for Anstey’s Local History Exhibition, Anstey’s George Salisbury answered our appeal for photographs and sent me the 1909 picture of the arrival of John Bull and shortly afterwards Josie Bryan put forward the picture of John Bull at it’s garage in Church…

A new lease of life for old Kirby and West Milk Float

Thanks to Brian Kibble for sending over this photo of the reconditioned Kirby and West Milk Float at the 2019 Anstey Gala.  The vehicle now sells coffee for The Bridge charity, which “helps people in Leicester on their journey from hopelessness to hope.”

June Meeting: “Leics Framework Knitters”

     Anstey Local History Society Our next meeting will be held on: Wednesday June 19th2019 at 7.00.p.m. in Anstey Community Library Leicestershire’s Framework Knitters Speaker: Jess Jenkins (Leicestershire Records Office) Anstey was a large part of the county’s framework knitters community.  Members: Free                                    Non-members: £2.00  http://www.ansteyhistory.com     Tel:07870197958

February 2019 Newsletter

Anstey Local History Society Welcome to the first Anstey Local History Society newsletter. Thank you to those of you who were able to make it to our first AGM in January. It was a really interesting evening discussing the objects and photos that were brought along. There were even some photos brought along that Brian…

Change in upcoming talk – now “Christmas Memories”

Our lined-up speaker for this week is unable to attend due to illness and we wish her a very speedy recovery and look forward to hearing about her research in the future.  Instead, Jane will be running a session on “Memories of Christmas” and we very much hope to see you there.  See below for…

Old Anstey Photographs – A. P. Ross Grocers on Cropston Road

We would like to give our thanks to Angela Driver who has given us permission to publish this family photograph of A.P. Ross Grocers on Cropston Road, Anstey.  The family are descendants of the Ross’s Provision Market’s owner and any information that anyone can give us on the date of the photograph, or on the…

Thomas Sketchley of Anstey, Architect of Old John, Bradgate.

A few months ago our team was contacted by a family who are decedents of Thomas Sketchley, the architect commissioned by George Grey, the 5th Earl of Stamford, in 1784, to build the well known Leicestershire landmark – the mock ruin known as Old John. We were able to provide some starting points for information…

Cropston Road in the Early 1900s

We often get enquiries, and one received this week led our archivist Brian Kibble to retrieve these fascinating photographs of Cropston Road circa 1910 and 1923. Today this stretch of road is where you will find such shops as the Yum Yum Cafe and A Stitch in Time, opposite the Anstey Co-Op.

Anstey WW2 Community Sharing Day – In Pictures

On Wednesday 18th April 2018,  Anstey Local History Society hosted a WW2 Community Sharing Day, where we welcomed the whole community to take part and share memories, reunite with old friends and talk to experts about artefacts they had brought in from home. A big thank you to the Anstey Town Charity, who gave us…

Beaumanor History Fair – In Pictures

A big thank you goes to Jane for creating our wonderful stall, and to Paul, Alison, Kath and Beck who volunteered on the day. Our team in action … Here’s a glimpse of the other organisations there on the day. A fieldwork tent was set up outside, exhibits included the most recent roman mosaic to…

Upcoming February 2018 Talk: Ned Ludd, by Ian Porter

This month’s Local History Talk will be by Ian Porter on Anstey’s very own Ned Ludd. Everyone is welcome. Wednesday 21st March, 7pm-9pm. Members: Free Visitors: £2 – includes refreshments. At Anstey Community Library You can read Ian Porter’s introduction to Ned Ludd on our website here: The Ned Ludd Story of Anstey

Anstey History Team at the Anstey Christmas Gala

This being our first year, this was our first ever Anstey Christmas Gala.  We entered a tree into the Christmas competition, where every bauble had memories of Anstey gathered from our meetings. Our tree joined many others, which lined the walls of Saint Mary’s church. Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill…

Fire at the Nook Yard 1938

Fire at Nook Yard 1938 An article by Sharon Grey and Michael Tedd Loughborough Library Volunteers were told by a visitor to their stand, at the Century of Stories Event Day at Anstey Library on 25th January 2017, a family story about an ancestor,  John Heggs who spoke  about a lady he knew who lived…

Introduction to the Ned Ludd Story of Anstey – by Ian Porter

“It is well documented that Ned Ludd who hailed from Anstey smashed his masters’ frame in a fit of temper. What is not so well known is that frame breaking existed as a tactic to control fraudulent process within the trade…this was long before Ned was born in the mid 18th century. So if frame breaking existed before…