Steps taken to preserve district’s important heritage assets

Published Tuesday 22 February 2022

Some of the Harborough district’s most historically significant buildings and places are being preserved for future generations thanks to the Council. 

Within the Harborough District there is a wealth of nationally recognised heritage assets with 1,281 listed buildings, six historic parks and gardens, 65 scheduled monuments and 63 conservation areas, all of which are designated heritage assets and protected through national legislation.

Waller Bedingfield former home

In addition to these, Harborough District Council has now identified a list of local sites of interest, known as ‘non-designated heritage assets’, which are deemed worthy of protection due to their historic, architectural or archaeological interest.  

‘Designated heritage assets’ can include World Heritage Sites, listed buildings, conservation areas and scheduled monuments; and ‘non-designated’ assets are sites identified by the local authority as having local interest.

A non-designated heritage list is a way for the Council and communities to identify and celebrate historic buildings, archaeological sites and designed landscapes which enrich and enliven the area.

Once identified, assets are scored and if they meet the criteria, they are included on the Council’s Local List of non-designated heritage assets which, as well as helping to preserve them for the future, can attract tourism, business and investment.

Last year, the Council launched a public consultation asking people to nominate assets for inclusion in the list. Assets can also be identified through Conservation Area Appraisals or Neighbourhood Planning.

The following are the first entries to have been included in the Local List, which will be reviewed annually:

  • Home Farm, Bakehouse Lane, Saddington – historic bakehouse which would have had an important role providing food for the local community
  • Keyham Bridge, Hungarton Lane, Keyham – an unusually-decorative road bridge over the Barkby Brook, built in 1832 for a cost, at the time, of £140
  • Claybrooke Magna Village Hall, Main Road, Claybrooke Magna – a purpose-built village hall likely dating from the later Victorian or Edwardian era
  • The Yews, London Road, Great Glen – located at an important junction of the London turnpike and the road to the former station
  • Pillbox Oakham RoadHighfield Farm, Main Street, Cold Newton – 18th Century farmhouse which displays traditional construction techniques and forms part of the shrunken Cold Newton settlement
  • Carmel Baptist Chapel, Wolsey Lane, Fleckney – non-conformist chapel in a village setting; the datestone from the 1813 building it replaced is incorporated in the chapel
  • Castle Inn, Main Street, Caldecott – railway inn dating from the opening of the Rugby and Stamford Line in 1850 and located on the former Nottingham to Kettering turnpike
  • Three Gates Farm, Melton Road, Illston on the Hill – traditional red-brick farmhouse from late 18th or early 19th Century
  • Waller Bedingfield’s House, Bitteswell Road, Lutterworth (pictured top) – house built, and lived in, by Waller Bedingfield, a prominent local and nationally recognised architect. His notable works include helping to design Lutterworth Memorial Gardens, and the former Goddard Plate Powder factory (1932) in Leicester, which is grade II listed for its Art Deco design
  • The Red Arrow Pub, Coventry Road, Lutterworth – pub was built as the ‘Flying Saucer’ and the original advertisement shows a model of a flying saucer as part of the sign. The name was later changed to the Red Arrow.
  • Former Temperance Hotel, St Mary’s Road, Market Harborough – grand two-storey building has likely links to Thomas Cook, who lived in Market Harborough, and the former Temperance movement, a major societal movement in the 19th Century
  • Northampton Road Cemetery, Nothampton Road, Market Harborough – municipal town cemetery opened in 1878
  • The Old Rectory, Chapel Lane, Misterton – 1840s rectory associated with the adjacent Church of St Leonard and the settlement of Misterton
  • Former Toll House – Chestnut Cottage, Uppingham Road, Tugby – rare surviving example of a tollhouse where tolls for the Leicester to Peterborough turnpike were collected
  • WWII Pillbox, Oakham Road, north east of Fox Lodge, Withcote (pictured) – rare surviving WWII hexagonal pillbox put in place to secure key infrastructure routes in the event of an enemy invasion in WWII – the only one in Harborough district and one of 14 within Leicestershire
  • The White House, Scraptoft Lane, Scraptoft – ambitious, grand and curious residence, built by a successful businessman TH Crumbie in the interwar period, which was characterised by local prosperity and urban expansion. Tom (TH) Crumbie was an influential figure in the early development of Leicester Tigers Rugby Club

Inclusion on the list does not mean it is open to the public. People can read more and view photos of all the heritage assets on the Council’s website.   

Cllr Phil King, Leader of Harborough District Council, said: “Whilst not an exhaustive list, the assets identified so far play an essential role in building and reinforcing the sense of historic character and distinctiveness of the district. By identifying and protecting these assets, we are in a stronger position to preserve them for future generations through, for example, the Local Plan or planning applications. Thank you to everyone who helped us compile this list.”

Anyone who wants the Council to consider a site or building for future inclusion in the list can email

A programme of appraisals of conservation areas in the district is also underway to define, record and justify why a place should be designated as a ‘conservation area’. A conservation area has ‘special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance’. Shearsby conservation area is the first to undergo an appraisal, as part of the programme, which, following consultation with villagers, has been recommended for approval by the Cabinet.