HistoryFare Walking Tours
If you think that the Rural Capital of Food is just about Pork Pies and Stilton Cheese, then think again! The wonderful market town of Melton Mowbray is full of history dating back 1,000’s of years!
Considered the Monaco of its day in the 19th century, anyone who was anyone, from Kings to Maharajas, came to stay in what was the ‘capital of fox hunting’.
Melton Mowbray became famous as a centre for foxhunting. During the season the population was increased by those who assisted with and administered the hunt, from all over the country and Europe who took part. As a direct result, and to accommodate that fraternity, several noteworthy hunting lodges and hotels with their associated stables, yards and utility buildings were built during the early C19, many of which survive in alternative use today. There were about twenty hunting lodges which were, surprisingly, not in open country but just on the outskirts of the old town or the main roads out of it. They generally resemble suburban villas, although they were owned by some of the most exalted of the aristocracy.
It’s a town where Saxon coins were minted during the reign of King Aethelred II, where a market recorded in the Domesday Book is still held each Tuesday, and where Edward VIII’s royal fate was sealed when he met Wallis Simpson.
Why not plan your visit and join a HistoryFare 90-minute walking tour to Uncover the Stories of Melton Mowbray, the rich aristocracy history and famous characters including Lords of the Manor, The Magna Carta, Royalty, Socialites, Fox Hunting and much more.