Market Harborough Travel Guide

  • The Old Grammar School
    The Old Grammar School
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  • Typical late Victorian factory
    Typical late Victorian factory
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    The Old Grammar School
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Market Harborough Things to Do

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    by colin_bramso Updated Sep 10, 2011

    I think a must visit is to Foxton Locks, a beautiful area near Market Harborough. It's a series of canal locks built 200 years ago that raise or lower narrow boats an amazing 75 feet over a very short distance.

    There's parking at the top and the bottom, a small general store, a couple of pubs for drinks and meals, a museum, riverside walks, all set in beautiful countryside.

    At the top The lower lake area. Riverside walks Dropping 75 feet Rest a while.
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    by leics Written Nov 9, 2008

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    Dating from the early 1600s and built by one Robert Smyth, this is an interesting bit of architecture.

    It's up on wooden 'stilts: Mr Smyth made it so, in order that the market folk would take shelter 'in time of foul weather'. Which was nice of him.

    The brick part was added in the mid 1800s.

    There is some pretty 'pargetting' on the white plasterwork.

    The wood should be brown, and the plasterwork over the 'wattle and daub' should be cream.......it was the Victorian fashion to paint timber-framed buildings black and white. When it is next restored the building will revert to it correct colours.

    It has not actually been a school for many, many decades, of course.

    Old Grammar School Pargetting
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    by leics Updated Nov 9, 2008

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    Built in the 14th century, St Dionysius towers over the main street of Market Harborough.

    Although quite old, it has little of historical interest inside (it's usually open on Saturdays for visitors) The stained glass is pretty, but not old.

    Unusually, there are wooden galleries along the nave. These too are not especially old, but are not commonly seen in English churches.

    The steeple was considered by Pevsner to be particularly pleasing.

    St Dionysius was used by the Cromwellian 'Roundheads' as a 'prisoner-of-war' holding point during the English Civil War, after the nearby battle of Naseby in 1645.

    I did spot a couple of old stone heads carved into the doorway. Photos with this tip.

    Carved head The nave Stained glass St Dionysius
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Market Harborough Hotels

  • Premier Inn Market Harborough

    Melton Road, Market Harborough, LE16 7TG, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Best Western The Three Swans Hotel

    21 High Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7NJ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Market Harborough Desborough

    B576 Harborough Road

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Angel Hotel

    High Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7NL, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

  • The George at Ashley

    21 Main Street, Ashley, Market Harborough, LE16 8HF, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Nevill Arms Inn & Restaurant

    12 Waterfall Way, Market Harborough, LE16 8EE, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • The Bulls Head

    Kelmarsh Road, Market Harborough, LE16 8JZ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

  • The Union Inn Hotel

    Leicester Road, Market Harborough, LE16 7AY, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Copperfield Hotel

    66 Northampton Rd, Market Harborough, LE16 9HE, United Kingdom

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