Market Harborough Facts:
Established during the Anglo-Saxon times, Market Harborough was a small hamlet populated by Anglo-Saxon tribes during medieval times. Today, it is one of the fastest emerging and distinguished market towns in the UK. From education, hotels, tourist attractions, parks and recreational places and to historical landmarks and restaurants, Market Harborough attracts hundreds of admirers every day. To double your love for this town, here are some historical facts about Market Harborough that you might want to know.
- Victorian Corset Factory – The Symington Factory
In the mid of 19th century, R & W H Symington & Co Ltd. laid the foundation of a coreset manufacturing factory in Market Harborough. Operated in partnership, this Victorian Corset Factory in Market Harborough instantly gained popularity as females were still into the Victorian style clothing. You can visit the factory ruins by visiting the Harborough district Council offices situated at Adam and Eve Street. It still has large windows from factory time.
- St Dionysius Church Roof Bosses
In 1953, St Dionysius Church Market Harborough underwent refurbishment where few structures including the nave roof were replaced because it was heavily damaged. Upon its removal, workers seven figures on top, five were depicted as angels and one was considered devil. To this date, no one really knows the purpose of such figures and the reason placing them on the church roof.
- Church with no Churchyard
St Dionysius Church in Market Harborough is one of the few churches in the UK to have a unique history. It was built in 1320 as a chapel, it was supposed to serve as a branch office of St Mary Church in Adren. Also, the catholic by-passing travellers need a place to worship which also led to its construction. This is why it never had a churchyard. Some Historians have written (not confirmed) that it did have a place to bury but was demolished and no one knows why.
- Headquarters of the King’s Army
During English Civil War of 1645 (June), the forces of King decided to make Market Harborough their frontline to confront the Parliamentary forces. In fact, the captured forces were imprisoned at the Harborough Chapel. Oliver Cromwell also wrote the famous ‘Victory’ announcement letter (over King Charles I’s army) to Speaker of the House of Commons by sitting in a Market Harborough Pub.
- Centre of Fox Hunting
Market Harborough became the prominent centre of fox hunting in the 19th century. It was first started by Tailby who was the first to hunt in 1856. Proper fencing between Harborough and Billesdon were installed to corner foxes as they are good jumpers while in danger.