Hallaton, Leicestershire: A Guided Walk Led by Rosalind Willatts

On the Evening of June 29th a party of 17 met in the Stone Village of Hallaton, Leicestershire. “Hallaton” is the Hallowed or Holy Place. It was also an iron-age place of gatherings and religious ceremonies and feasts. Many iron-age coins were found in the parish which made international news. Hallaton is also home to the Roman religious site of St. Morrell’s chapel and a well which was a place of pilgrimage nearby.

And then began the walk around the church and village. It is much diminished in size from its early beginnings as an ancient market town which is indicated by the number of roads which make up the complexity and add to the interesting layout of this ancient stone settlement. Hallaton, spelt Alctone was first recorded in the doomsday book in 1086.

We began in the churchyard after a visit to the museum which has been moved to Churchgate, behind the church, to look at a copy of an almost perfect Roman helmet found in the area. The original is in the museum in Market Harborough.

The church is medieval; we began at the wrought iron gates to the churchyard from which you can see the superb thirteenth century tower and spire, one of the most imposing in Leicestershire. We continued to walk around the village noting the development with various styles of architecture.

We ended the very pleasant evening in the local pub where a group of us enjoyed supper.

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