Fowke Street, Rothley: book launch & exhibition

28 February 2015

10.30 am to 12.00 pm – Sat 28 February 2015 – Old School Rooms, School Street, Rothley

Fowke Street, Rothley by Terry Shepherd – a new 216 page history of this special village street – is to be launched at a venue close by the very street it is based on.

The book answers the question of where the Fowke Street name came from and traces the 240 year story of The Grange, the big house around which Fowke Street bends.  It features the Industrial Co-operative Society which prospered and then had to be rescued, the 13th century cruck cottage which survived into the third millennium, the school which was created, enlarged and, in 2004, transformed into community rooms and the story of the long-serving vicar who raised a fortune in 1877 to restore and reformat the medieval parish church.

Readers will learn about the farmyard, some cottages and a field which became first a knitwear factory and then a family of seven modern business units, as well as the ‘big house’ built over the site of an extensive Saxon cemetery and which has now been developed into apartments.

In addition to launching the book, the event includes an exhibition featuring a detailed survey of the village at the 1782 Enclosure and mapping and documentation from the Inland Revenue’s valuation exercise of 1909-1914.

The Old School Rooms are in School Street, just off Fowke Street and also accessible from Church Street and the Churchyard.

Copies of the Book will be on sale at £15 each.