Barlestone - Newbold Verdon - Cadeby Circular

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Barlestone is a village 2.5 miles NE of Market Bosworth. The church is a neat Early English structure, with a tower and two bells and was rebuilt (with the exception of the chancel, restored at the same time by the rector) in 1854, at a cost of £1,367, raised by subscription. There is also a Baptist Chapel, built in 1798 and rebuilt in 1865; and a Methodist Chapel, built in 1833. The Winding Wheel in the village centre shows that once most of the village workforce was involved in the mining industry.

Newbold Verdon is situated about ten miles to the west of Leicester in the Borough of Hinckley and Bosworth. Originally an agricultural village, it became a mining community in the late '50s and early '60s. The church at Newbold Verdon is dedicated to St James. There is evidence that a church existed as early as the thirteenth century and indeed, the oldest parts of the church are said to be Norman. In 1811, the church had a tower holding two bells, a nave, chancel and south porch. There was a plain, octagonal font. A spire by L G D Ogden was added in 1960.

Cadeby: the late Rev Teddy Boston (the inspiration for the Fat Controller of 'Thomas the Tank Engine'), former rector of the parish of Cadeby, in common with many other men of the cloth, was a railway enthusiast. During his time at Cadeby he built up a collection of narrow-gauge railway equipment and model railway collections. The famous Cadeby Rectory narrow-gauge railway, only about 200ft long, runs round the garden of the rectory. Originally built in the 1960s, it now remains as a memorial to him. Following his death in 1986, his widow maintained the collection, holding regular open days to raise funds for the adjacent church. Unfortunately, there are no open days at the moment and the rectory is up for sale. Cadeby Church is well-known for brass-rubbing, having images of knights along the aisles.

England - Central England - Leicestershire - Countryside

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Good for Kids, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Wildlife, Woodland
13/08/2011 - Walkingworld Administrator

Our thanks to Roy Davenport for his updates for this walk. August 2011. Adrian (Admin)

04/05/2008 - Tracy Ayres

Did this Sunday 4th May 08. The villages of Leicestershire, particularly around Market Bosworth, are lovely - quiet &  peaceful. Easy to follow directions and farmers made pathways clear across fields. Lovely carpet of Bluebells in small wood at point 7. Very enjoyable and recommended.   

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