Do you know where this is in Charnwood and it's link

to the abolition of slavery?












This is Rothley Preceptory or Rothley Temple. It is attached to Rothley Court Hotel.

Rothley Preceptory was established around 1231 and consisted of both a hall and chapel. The chapel is thought to have been built in 1240 by the Knights Templar who had owned land in Rothley since the reign of King John (1199 - 1216).

In 1308, following the decline of the Knight's Templar, the Rothley Preceptory, together with the Templars' other properties in England, was seized by the Crown. In 1313 the Preceptory was transferred to the Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem or the Knights Hospitaller.  The temple was dissolved in 1540.

The Babington family bought the land and the Rothley Temple around 1550. The family owned it for nearly 300 years. They decided not to demolish the chapel and incorporated into the house that they built on the site.

So what is the link to the abolition of the Slave Trade? 

Thomas Babington (1758-1837) a prominent figure in the anti-slavery movement met frequently with William Wilberforce at Rothley Court where they drafted Wilberforce's Treaty for the Abolition of Slavery. In fact for many years, the Rothley Court Hotel sign incorporated a painting of William Wilberforce. The current sign incorporates the Babington Family coat of arms.

In 1893, ownership passed to the Merrtens and later to the current owner Clive Wormleighton who turned the Manor House into a hotel and restaurant in 1960.

The chapel still exists and houses a number of interesting artifacts including a recently restored effigy of a Templar Knight which was originally discovered in Rothley Churchyard in 1790. In the reception area of the hotel there's also an interesting tapestry and two stained glass windows depicting knights.


What is the bird seen on Swithland Reservoir?  It's  a great white egret or Ardea Alba to give it its latin name. 

You can distinguish it from a little egret by its size and its large yellow beak.  It stands just under 1 metre tall. About 35 birds winter in the UK every year and 6 were recorded at Swithland Reservoir in December.  This one was out in the open but they are more likely to be lurking in the long grass at the edge of the reservoir.  Good luck if you go to look at it.