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Desford & District Local History Society

Now in its 32nd year the society has:

Established an archive collection, which is housed at Sport in Desford

Resources available at Desford Library, ask the librarian

Restored the Winding Wheel from Desford Pit

Restored the Village Pump

Installed a series of plaques in the Village Hall depicting the history of Desford.

Desford Village Pump

  • We meet bi-monthly at Desford Free Church, Chapel Lane.
  • Meetings begin at 19.30 and are free to members
  • Visitors are welcome on payment of visitors fee

Officers for 2015

President: Caroline Wessel
Chairman: Colin James
Secretary: Angela Thomas
Treasurer: Bernard Grimshaw

Committee Members:

Gwyneth Reed ,Brian Ward, Pat Crane, John Richards, Molly Marcus, Steve Thorpe


Pat Crane, Jane Crowson, Pat Kirby, Beth Bates, Angela Thomas, Gwyneth Reed, Lynda Grimshaw, Janet Clarke

Photographers: Steve Thorpe, Huw Thomas and Molly Marcus

What we do ....

As well as holding bi-monthly meetings with speakers at Desford Free Church we also take part in:

      • An annual outing in June
      • Local visits during the summer months
      • Research
      • Projects
      • Exhibitions

We maintain an archive collection, produce a regular newsletter for members and other occasional publications

Events for 2015




January 20

AGM & Mini talks

March 17

Earl Shilton to Waterloo

Paul Seaton

May 19


Alan Tyler

June 20

to Anderton Boat Lift and Nantwich

Arranged by Brian Ward

July 21

The building of Kirby Muxloe Castle

Peter Liddle

September 15

Bur for these things: Leicester and its people in WW2

Vince Holyoak

November 17

Honest men but destitute: the plight of Leicestershire's framework knitters

Jess Jenkins

DLHS Newsletter

To read the latest Society's newsletter, please click on the link below (Adobe Acrobat, or any other 'PDF' reader is needed)

Newsletter and Document Archive

Click here to enter the Newsletter Archive Area

Publications Available

Recollections £2.00 & A Brief History of Desford 50p.

Both publications are available from Pat Crane and can be purchased from St Martin's Church (which is also open on 1st Saturday morning in the month). Recollections can be purchased from the Bluebell public house.

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