From Richard the Lionheart to the Prince of Wales, the mediaeval town of Melton Mowbray and its beautiful surrounding countryside have received royal visitors. Melton Mowbray is a bustling market town and the area is famed for its local delicacies.Stilton “The King of Cheeses” and pork pies are both made here.
Melton market is oneof the busiest markets in England, and is the only Leicestershire market recorded by the Domesday Survey of 1086. Large street markets are held in the market place on Tuesdays and Saturdays with small craft markets each Wednesday.
The Cattle Market moved to its present Scalford Road site in 1870. Visitors are welcome to visit free of charge on a Tuesday, the market runs from 8.00am – 3.30pm throughout the year.
St Mary’s Church dates back from 1170 and is said to be the stateliest and most impressive of all Leicestershire churches. Cathedral-sized, it has a 100ft tower and impressive stained glass windows. Sir Malcolm Sargent began his career here as organist and choirmaster.
Anne of Cleves House, built in 1834, housed chantry priests until the dissolution in 1539. It was then allowed in the estates of Anne of Cleves by Henry VIII. Opposite you can see the “Maison Dieu”, built in 1640 by Robert Hudson as almshouses.
Mention Melton Mowbray and one immediately thinks of Pork Pies and Stilton Cheese, but do you think about “Painting the Town Red?” That’s exactly what the Marquis of Waterford and his pals decided to do after a day at the races in 1837. The paint has faded but the saying is international.