Hoby & District Local History Society Lecture

‘Death is a Marketplace Where All Men Meet’ – an Introduction to Swithland Slate Headstones
by Colin Hyde

Colin Hyde from the University of Leicester will give a talk on ‘Death is a Marketplace Where All Men Meet’ – an Introduction to Swithland Slate Headstones at the Hoby & District Local History Society on Wednesday January 15th, 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 

Many people have noticed Leicestershire’s rugged and characterful Swithland slates on the roofs of older buildings in the county. Quarried from Roman times to the end of the 19th century, Swithland slate has been used for many things over the years and this talk will be a look at its use for headstones in churchyards. The grey, blue and purple tinges of the slate add huge visual appeal to the region’s churchyards, while the content of the carvings – like headstones across the world – tell us something of the people and cultures that created them.

Colin has been working with oral history archives since the 1980s and is currently managing the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project at the University of Leicester. Colin also has an interest in local history in Leicestershire & Rutland, and photographing and recording urban and rural environments, which is how the current talk developed

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.