Latest news from the Archives...

At our last Open Evening we had a very interesting presentation on Chaterhouse Farm and The Trotter family; a guide on how to start a research project; and a review of the Archive Catalogue. The Guide can be found on the Catalogue page and the Presentation can be found on the Projects page.

We continue with the project the Nicknames of the local Family Statham - click here to see the project’s page and get the latest nicknames  -  if you have any other then please tell us - use the Contact form

Last updated 4th July 2024

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Welcome to the Parish Archive of Newbold Verdon - a village in West Leicestershire

This site is part of the ongoing work of a group of volunteers who want to make the history of our parish more accessible to everyone. 
Whether you are curious about the history of the house you live in, the street it is on, or the parish of Newbold Verdon in general, this site may well be able to answer some of your questions. 
If you have ancestors who once lived in our parish and you are keen to find out more about them and the place in which they lived, we hold a number of unique and rare artefacts that could really help. 
If you have any questions you can contact us by scrolling down to the bottom of this page and clicking here which will take you to our contact page.

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Newbold Heath: The Okey Bloke 
Newbold Heath in the 1940s and 50s was a lively and close-knit community where people not only knew their neighbours but were often related to them. In this article we are lucky to have recollections about life in the village from Lynne Airey, Rex Wilkinson and Lynda Coleman. 
There was a corner shop (pictured here) run by Mrs Clarke where you could sit on a stool whilst you waited for your order. Milk was supplied from Chater Farm by Gerald Bates, measured out into a jug or bowl. Rex remembers bread delivered daily by Priestnalls of Desford. Freeman’s from Ratby delivered meat and a pork butcher from Ellistown supplied bacon, sausage and pies. A special treat was the Sunday afternoon arrival of Eric’s ice cream van, known by Lynne as the ‘Okey Bloke.’

Were you ever a Gorby Knobber?!
This was once the nickname given to Newbold Heath by the villagers of Newbold Verdon. No one seems to know where the name came from, but it stuck for a while, and if  you lived at the Heath you were known as a “Gorby Knobber.” 

The picture is of the Bagworth and Merrylees Road junction. The house in the foreground succumbed to subsidence, as did others in the area. It was only saved by what was then an untested process involving jacking the house up and placing strengthening pillars underneath. 

Our Projects/Events

Our Projects and Events are continually evolving as we are new to archiving and are discovering more all the time. 

See them at our Projects and Events pages


Find out how our research into Newbold Heath has developed over the past twelve months. We have been collecting historical information in the form of photographs, documents and spoken recollections of the Heath over the past 70 years or so. 

More on the Projects Page


See the latest on the Statham Nicknames Project for a current list on the Projects page



Do you want to be involved with our group?

There are many ways for you to be involved.

We have a number of roles that we are always looking to expand and would welcome hearing from you if you are interested.

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