February 2021 Meeting

Thanks to a grant from Anstey Parish Council, Anstey Local History Society now has the use of Zoom. This means our monthly meetings are able to re-commence. and by the time this article is published we will have held our first meeting. Our February Meeting will take place on Wednesday February 17th at 7.15 p.m….

The History of Marwin Machine Tools, by Brian Kibble

The History of Marwin Machine Tools, by Brian Kibble The two founders of the Marwins were Ernie Hopwell and Derek Robinson – they both worked for the well known Wadkins woodworking and cutting tool machinery company on Leicester’s Green Lane and old Mr Wadkin had been hoping they would take over after his retirement –…

“Army Days” – Recollections of being a soldier by Tony Muddimer

“Army Days” – Recollections of being a soldier by Tony Muddimer “I left Loughborough by rail on the morning of 5th November as Mr Tony Muddimer and arrived at Norton Barracks Worcester and became Sapper Muddimer 22933638 Royal Engineers. We had an introductory briefing in which we were told that it was to be an…

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…