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

The Anstey Memories Project

One of our ongoing projects throughout 2018 and beyond will be to collect local residents’ memories of Anstey, as well as scanning photographs and documents and providing an online and accessible home for them here. If you have any photographs or memorabilia that could be scanned (and then returned to you!) for the project, please…