Bob Trubshaw, historian, will give a talk on ‘Medieval carvings in Leicestershire and Rutland’ at the Hoby & District Local History Society on Wednesday 17th July, 7.30pm, Hoby Village Hall (LE14 3DT). All are welcome; the price for non-members is £2.00 (pay on door) or visit www.hobyanddistricthistory.co.uk
Leicestershire’s churches contain a wealth of ignored medieval sculpture in both stone and wood depicting a wide variety of subjects including grotesque beasties, so-called ‘Green Men’ and even rather rude contortionists. In 2009 Leicestershire County Council instigated a project to photograph and record all the medieval carvings inside and outside the churches of Leicestershire and Rutland. So far about six thousand carvings have been recorded, offering significant insights into this neglected aspect of life in the centuries before the Battle of Bosworth. Work is underway to make these images available via the internet.
At our July meeting Bob Trubshaw will talk to us about the project and share with us some examples of the superb medieval art this project has recorded.Bob has been researching and writing about local medieval carvings for about thirty years. He is the author of numerous books and articles about local history, folklore and archaeology.
The Hoby & District Local History Society is a voluntary organisation. The Society brings together people from all walks of life who are interested in the local history of the Leicestershire villages of Hoby, Rotherby, Ragdale and Brooksby and the District around them. The society was founded in 2013.