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is a small
village in the south west of leicestershire,
with a population of approximately 2,700. The well-known inland scuba
diving site Stoney Cove is nearby.
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A look at our village's heritage
By Sapcote Parish Archaeological and Heritage Warden, Keith B. Hextall
Sapcote is an attractive village with a long history. An early Bronze Age occupation site has been discovered here, and a
Roman Villa and Bath House dating from the 1st century AD. From the 12th-14th century the village was the home of the powerful
The oldest surviving Building in the village is the 12th century All Saints Parish Church. The Methodist Church in Leicester Road is later, it opened in 1905 and is a fine example of the Arts and Crafts period.
Other historical buildings include several Thatched Cottages and Park Farm, a timber-framed house in Stanton Road which is dated 1683. A bath house was built over the so-called Golden Well in Stanton Road in 1806, in an attempt to turn Sapcote into a Spa. The Old School in Leicester Road was built in 1819 and the Stanley Burrough's Almshouses in Cooke's Lane, were erected in 1847.
At one time there was a Tower Mill in Leicester Road and a Water Mill on the banks of the River Soar dating back as far as Domesday.
Sapcote's Natural History Heritage includes Freeholt Wood, an area of medieval woodland off Hinckley Road. Several Fields are also of special interest. For the rambler there are a number of interesting Footpaths and Bridleways. One section of the parish boundary includes a portion of the Roman Fosse Way.
The early 19th century Cast Iron Milepost at the corner of Grace Road and Leicester Road is a relic of the days of The Turnpike Trust.
See a picture of where the bombs hit in the blitz
With so much of interest in the village there is much research to be done. Hopefully the formation of a Sapcote Village Heritage Group working in conjunction with the Leicestershire County Council Museums, Arts and Records Service will discover more of interest in future years.
|My Mother- Margaret Hamilton- nee Wood- was born in Sapcote
late 1920's. She attended the village school and then went to the
Hinckley Grammar School.
Our family the Wood's and various relatives ( Grundy, Kirby etc) were
farmers in Sapcote and Sharnford- owning various farms- for about 200
years. 9 generations are buried in the Sapcote Church yard!
The picture on the Stanton road page of labelled as thatched cottages
is in fact Bath Farm House which was demolished circa 1905 and
replaced with a new building- demolished in 1969/70. I have the
original hanging on our wall!
Much of the village is now built on what was Bath Farm which my
Grandfather- Joseph Wood farmed from 1920 to his death in 1967.
My Grandmother -Mary Wood was very active in the Anglican Church-
serving on the Parish Council- and largely raised the money for the
Mother is very interested in your history project and has a wealth of
information and memories about Sapcote in the 1930's and 40's which
she would be happy to share- and great knowledge of earlier times of
her numerous Uncles, Aunts and cousins who lived and farmed in and
around Sapcote. The village population at the time was approx 440.
She was recently telling me about taking in refugees from the fire
bombing of Coventry - and remembers watching the city burn in the
distance-and an evacuee child from the London Blitz lived with them
for a year at Bath Farm.
About 20 evacuee children came to the village , 2 staying for the
whole of WW2.
My Grandfather had the opportunity in the early 60's to buy Stoney
Cove which was close to his farm- but could see no use for it!
She has also commented on the several inaccuracies in the accounts
and picture labelling!
If you would like her to contribute information please email.
We now live in Warwick.