|Granby Lodge with Redmile Church in the distance.|
|Best Kept Village 2015 Award|
|Dragon on the old Methodist Chapel overlooking Dragon Street|
|The Marquis of Granby|
King George eventually changed his poor opinion of the Marquis after the latter achieved success in his military career. Because of his courage and tactical skills he was recognised as a real British military hero. At the Battle of Warburg his men faced an army with three times their number of troops but the Marquis out-manoeuvred the enemy and led his men to victory. His opponent (the Duc of Broglie) was so impressed he commissioned Sir Joshua Reynolds to paint a portrait of the Marquis!
This famous portrait shows him as pilgarlic (bald headed ... I have always wanted to use that word!). Famously, in the chaos of battle, the Marquis lost his wig and hat subsequently forcing him to salute his commanding officer with his bald head uncovered. The British Army still has a tradition in force today that non-commissioned officers of the Royal Horse Guard (his regiment) are allowed to salute superiors without wearing headgear.
The Marquis died in 1770, nine years before his father so he never became the Duke of Rutland.
The other village pub, The Boot & Shoe, has recently closed down and the land purchased by housing developers.
The oldest cottage in the village bares a date stone for 1752:
|Date stone for 1762|
|Church of All Saints|
Inside the church is rather plain. There is a modern stained glass window over the altar (2002); the 19th century font sits on top of the 14th century font it replaced; the altar rail and the oak pulpit date back to the 1600s and there are two piscinas. Nothing unusual there then. The pews are interesting though. Each has an intricate carving on top. There is a mermaid and a merman, male figures holding shields, angels and grotesque animals. They were carved about 1440.
|Grotesque animal pew carving dating back to 1440|
|Abigail Frost tomb stone|
|Belvoir Angel on a slate gravestone from the 1700s|
This is a terrible tale of a miscarriage of justice .... obviously, since we now understand there are no such thing as witches, but in the time of King James I people truely believed in witchcraft. It was the summer of 1612 when King James was visiting the Duke of Rutland at Belvoir Castle. Joan Flowers (a local herbal healer from Bottesford) and her two daughters were employed as extra staff. The women were not well liked and arguments soon broke out between them and other workers. When some items went missing the Flowers were dismissed. Unfortunately for them they didn't go quietly and a few unpleasant words and curses were swopped.
A sickness bug spread through the castle soon after the King's visit and one of the Duke's sons failed to fully recover from it. He died in September 1613.
It was 1619 when another sickness bug carried off the second son and Joan and her daughters were arrested for causing the deaths through witchcraft. Joan asked for Holy Communion to prove her innocence .... as surely an evil witch would be unable to take Communion. Tragically she choked on the bread and died! Her daughters didn't stand a chance after that. They were hanged at Lincoln.
Now that could be the end of the matter but for one small detail ... King James I brought a 'special companion' with him on that visit, George Villiers. Although George was very attractive he was not very wealthy. The death of the Duke's sons meant his daughter Katherine was the sole heir to the Rutland fortune. Guess who married Katherine in 1620! Had he witnessed the Flowers being dismissed then poisoned the Rutland male heir? Could he have returned to finish the job years later? We will never know.
Well, anyway ... back to Granby!!
The older properties are all well maintained but this has not always been the case ....1808 to 1827 the vicars all lived out of the village "due to the unfitness of the vicarage". Surely the beautiful old rectory across from the church must be a different building.
|Roads to every where|
There was a Methodist chapel here but it has been converted into a house. Obviously at one time there was a large number of Methodists in this area as Granby also had a chapel. It makes you wonder how the pubs stayed in business with such a small population!
|Old Methodist Chapel, Sutton|
|Sutton water pump|
|US mail box|
Until 1879 a mill used to stand in the fields between Sutton and Granby (across the road from Grange Farm). It had been built on the site of a large moated house (which a Victorian historian described as a castle). We went looking for signs of either buildings but found only a few willow trees where the moat used to be.
With regards to the pub tally, this is our 25th village and here we have only the seventh pub (that's seven currently open). The Marquis of Granby is one of the finest. One village has a pub closed due to a fire and one has had its pub converted into an Indian/Italian restaurant while the remaining sixteen are all pub-less. Even so it was only a matter of a few months ago that there was a choice of pubs here. Sadly the Boot and Shoe has gone the way of so many public houses in recent times.
Map of Granby: click here.