you know where this is in Charnwood and it's link
the abolition of slavery?
is Rothley Preceptory or Rothley Temple. It is attached to Rothley Court
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
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.
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?
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.
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.