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Newtown Linford

ISBN 1-871344-19-0 Price:  UK £7.95   International £9.95

Category: Leicestershire Local History

Key Subjects:
Newtown Linford
Village Life
Vernacular Architecture
18th Century England
Family History
Grey Family Estate

Joan Stevenson
NEWTOWN LINFORD: The Old Buildings and their Occupants

Publication date: Dec. 1998
Size: 156 pages, 210 x 200mm
136 photographs
format PB

Familiar to many as the picturesque village on the doorstep of Bradgate, this village was owned by the Greys of Groby for 500 years, until 1925. They did not pull down the ancient cottages and house their tenants in a model estate village. In fact, at the time of the sale, a number of cottages had rooms which were unusable because of damp, vermin or rotten thatch. They had, however, survived – a remarkable collection of some sixty timber framed and stone houses, with thatched or local slate roofs. This book looks in details at these ancient dwellings, and uncovers a wealth of history in the buildings and the villagers who lived there over the centuries.

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Joan Stevenson, well known for her local studies, has excelled herself with this absorbing account of old Newtown Linford. The vicissitudes of well over 50 old buildings, and their occupants, are followed in some detail from the 1838 Survey and Valuation of the parish to the Sale of the Bradgate Estate in 1925. Earlier history is augmented by parish records and by the impact of the Earls of Stamford, the chief landowner.
An introduction describes the vernacular building materials of timber, stone, thatch and slate, with the methods of construction. All the properties are well illustrated with excellent photographs, and frequent explanations are given of the internal arrangement of rooms, staircases (or ladders), kitchens (often external), and the various outbuildings. All this, added to the occupations and foibles of former inhabitants and we get a vivid picture of the way in which many of our rural forebears may have lived.
Two points stand out, firstly that the houses themselves have been altered again and again over the years, and secondly how often families moved from house to house as their needs and means changed. Written with knowledge and humour this book will be relished by any family historian whether or not they have roots in Newtown Linford.

For more information on Newtown Linford, including a comprehensive timline of the village, visit the Newtown Linford village website at www.leicestershirevillages.com/newtownlinford


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