Wigston Framework Knitters Museum is a Master Hosier’s house with a two story Victorian frameshop in the garden. The house dates from the last years of the seventeenth century and shows signs of various alterations. At the rear is a cobbled yard and a water pump. A two storey workshop extension has been added to the rear of the house.
The brick floor of an earlier frame shop can be seen in the garden; not unusual for this part of Leicestershire, with its long tradition of worsted knitting. The museum is unique, because when the last master hosier, Edgar Carter died in 1952, the workshop was locked and left. Inside on the ground floor were eight hand frames for making gloves, mitts and fancy ribbed tops for golf hose, together with all the moulds and tools associated with each machine.
There is a large garden, well stocked with flowers, shrubs and fruit trees. The "Yarn Room" (light refreshments available) and small shop complete the museum
BICENTENARY OF METHODISM
IN WIGSTON MAGNA 1818 TO 2019
This year the Wigston Magna Methodist Church in Cross Street is marking 200 years of Methodism in Wigston Magna with special events throughout the year. 6 exhibitions are planned with a central Open Day during each exhibition. Each exhibition will look at what was happening in the Country, in Wigston Magna and how individual Methodists and Churches responded to God’s love in their context.
The periods covered will be:
1818-1886 The Beginnings Open Day 2 February
1886-1945 Buildings for The Future Open Day 30 March
1945-1983 Growth and Decline Open Day 25 May
1983-1990 Uniting the Church Open Day 3 August
1990-2019 Life as WMMC Open Day 21 September
2019 and beyond A Vision for The Future Open Day 16 November
Refreshments of the era will be available alongside tea, coffee and biscuits
Services will be led by Preachers from around the Methodist Connexion
21 April Rev. Canon Helen Cameron Chair Of The Northampton District
26 May Rev. Dr. Jongikaya Zihle Chair of The London District
23 June Rev. Dr. Chris Swift Director of Chaplaincy and Spirituality MHA
04 August Rev. Ruth Gee Connexional Ecumenical Officer
17 NovemberRev. Jill Marsh Northampton District Mission Enabler
01 December Rev. Edson Dube Superintendent Leicester Trinity Circuit
There will be other services led by Preachers with roots in Wigston Magna.
For full details go to the website:
HISTORY AND HERITAGE SHOW 2019
THE MUSEUM OPENS FOR 2019 ON
SUNDAY 3RD MARCH