(c. AD 410—1485)

The structure and names of modern day villages and market towns are all a product of this period. Successively the area came under Saxon Mercia, the Viking Danelaw, Scandinavian England and finally Norman feudal England. Churches were built with the introduction of Christianity. The period closed with the Battle of Bosworth and death of Richard III.

Sunday 5 May 2024

A Picture Postcard Puzzle: The burial and re-burial of Friar John

LAHS Member Nick Miller recounts the intriguing story of a medieval burial, re-discovered in Edwardian times on the site of an old friary, culminating in a funeral to remember for a local town.

Sunday 28 April 2024

New Angles on Saxon Leicestershire

LAHS member (and archaeologist at ULAS) Dr Gavin Speed, has recently co-authored a new book on the important discoveries of an early Anglo-Saxon settlement from Eye Kettleby. Here he looks at the growing archaeological evidence for the people and their places in early Anglo-Saxon Leicestershire and Rutland.

Sunday 21 April 2024

675 years ago, this weekend: a field headland at the Kilby parish boundary

LAHS Treasurer Simon Atkins assesses what features in the landscape can tell us about the past, through an analysis of maps and LIDAR images, combined with what is still visible today.

Monday 1 April 2024

Leicestershire and Rutland’s Holy Wells

LAHS Member Bob Trubshaw takes a fresh look at some of the area's Holy Wells, exploring both their roots and the folklore surrounding them.