Broughton Astley Parish Council

Serving the people of Broughton Astley

Clerk: Debbie Barber
Council Office, Station Road
Broughton Astley, Leicester

Tel: 01455 285655

Broughton Astley Heritage Society

Broughton Astley Heritage Society


The primary aims and objects of Broughton Astley Heritage Society are:
• To promote interest in and awareness of the historical heritage of Broughton Astley, Primethorpe and Sutton-in-the-Elms and the surrounding area
• To collect and preserve artefacts and documents relating to the area.
• To provide an educational resource for the use of local people, schools etc.
• To promote the preservation of the natural, built and historical heritage of the area.
• To research and answer requests from home and abroad.


The Society meets on the first Tuesday of every month (apart from August when there is no meeting) in the Allan Talbott Room of the Village Hall. The evenings open at 7.00pm with an opportunity to examine the Society's archival material. The evening's talk is given by a visiting speaker, usually has a local connection and starts at 7.30pm. Refreshments are provided after the talk, with time for discussion and an exchange of news and views. In addition, the Society organises trips out to places of local and historical interest.


5 April 2016 - “The Other Odeons” - Brian Johnson
The history of cinemas in Leicestershire villages

3 May 2016 - “The Song of the Soar” - Brian Langtry
The river, its treasures, folklore, heritage & people with music & film

7 June 2016 - “Tom Brown’s Schooldays”
A visit to Rugby School to explore its heritage

5 July 2016 - “Life in a Medieval Village” - Peter Liddle
An illustrated talk charting the rise & decline of the Medieval Village

August 2016 - No meeting

6 Sept 2016 - “We will have peace even if we have to fight for it!” - Nick Marshall
The role of Women in the Great War

4 Oct 2016 - “A family affair” - Philip Warren
The story of R & W H Symington of Market Harborouigh.

1 Nov 2016 - “Stone walls do not a prison make” - Richard Foster
The History of Leicester Prison

6 Dec 2016 - “The Art & Craft of Radio Drama” - Nigel Deacon
Experience one of the most intimate & expressive dramatic mediums including a trip down memory lane.

3 Jan 2017 - “The Battle of the Beams” - Bob Titterington
The birth of Radio Navigation in WW2

7 Feb 2017 - “These birds are a hoot!” - Paul Riddle
A review of the owls of Leicestershire

7 Mar 2017 - “Cast your Votes” - AGM and Annual Project Report

Special Events


5 May 2016 - A visit to Leicester’s Jewry Wall Museum
Discover the archaeology of Leicester’s past and find out about the people of Leicester from prehistoric times to the medieval period on this guided tour.
View the Roman Mosaic floors described by Prof. Susan Tebby in her talk last season. The visit starts at 11.00am.


Broughton Astley Heritage Society have recently republished booklets of the history of the village :

“Broughton Astley, A short history” by Mr Phil Jeanes 52 pages price £3.00

This booklet was originally written for the Village Exhibition in 1974 and covers the history of the village from the Doomsday Book through to the mid 1970’s. In the centre of the booklet are 8 period photos of the village.

“The Betsey Crowson Cottage and other village memories” by General Hon. Samuel Swinfen Burdett 15 pages price £2.50.

In the early 1840’s S S Burdett, the son of the Minister of Sutton in the El;ms Baptist Church, would help read parts of the Manse’s copy of “The Leicester Chronicle” newspaper to villagers gathered in Betsey Crowson’s cottage just across the road. Mr Burdett later emigrated to America and held many high offices in the US Government of the time. He died in 1914 on a visit back to the village, was cremated at Gilroes and is buried in Arlington Cemetery in USA. The booklet is a small and intriguing cameo of village life in the early 1840’s.


Please contact Bob, the Society's Secretary, if you need any information about our programme or events or have any questions about Broughton’s history that you would like to ask :

Telephone : 01455 285366

If you would like to contact the Society by email or go on our emailing list to receive reminders and information about our meetings and outings as well as other heritage events in our area, please send an email to:

Contact:Bob Wrathall (Secretary)
Telephone:01455 285366
Categories:Community Groups
Organisation Type:Community

Information last updated Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:27.