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.