Resources

Support groups, information, practical guides and assistance

The Leicestershire & Rutland Heritage Forum (LRHF) is for all museums and heritage organisations covering the city and county of Leicester. It has over 40 member organisations (including the Belgrave Heritage Trust), that are run mainly by volunteers who are passionate about preserving, researching and displaying the heritage of their community and sharing it with the world.

 

The definitive book for anyone who is interested in the history, geology and symbolism of the slate headstones found in many of the churchyards in Leicester, Leicestershire and some of the adjacent counties is David Lea’s “Swithland Slate Headstones“, which includes headstones in St. Peter’s churchyard. Not only is it a comprehensive source of information, illustrated with high quality images, it is also available as a free download from the “Heart of Albion Press” at the link above.

The PDF can be downloaded for free,  but please note it’s over 80Mbytes so maybe slow on less-than-ideal web connections.

An article on Charnwood slate gravestones in Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire (which suggests these are evidence of ‘return loads’ along trade routes) is available on the same webpage.

Also available on the same website is Alex Hando’s extended essay “Cleft from the Hills” which explains why the slate industry of Blaenau Ffestiniog was more successful than the Charnwood Forest quarries.

 

Local Interest Books

A selection of pre-owned books about different aspects of Leicester is available at the Trust’s display room in the “Old Laundry” at Belgrave Hall, priced £5 each.

The display room is open every Wednesday from 11 am to 4 pm from April to September, and also on the first full week-end of each month between April and September.

Payments can be made by card or cash.

In our ‘Map images’ resource you can access and view all the maps we have scanned as high-resolution, colour, zoomable images. The maps date between the 1560s and 1970s and relate primarily to Scotland. We also have maps of areas beyond Scotland, including maps of England and Great Britain, Ireland, Belgium, and Jamaica.

Friends of Belgrave Cemetery

The Group was formed in September 2004 to protect, preserve and promote interest in this Victorian cemetery. They are now using their FACEBOOK page for all updates and contacts.