WIGSTON STREET NAMES INDEX NOW ONLINE ON THE GREATER WIGSTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY WEBSITE
Wigston Framework Knitters Museum is a Master Hosier’s house with a two story Victorian frameshop in the garden. The house dates from the last years of the seventeenth century and shows signs of various alterations. At the rear is a cobbled yard and a water pump. A two storey workshop extension has been added to the rear of the house.
The brick floor of an earlier frame shop can be seen in the garden; not unusual for this part of Leicestershire, with its long tradition of worsted knitting. The museum is unique, because when the last master hosier, Edgar Carter died in 1952, the workshop was locked and left. Inside on the ground floor were eight hand frames for making gloves, mitts and fancy ribbed tops for golf hose, together with all the moulds and tools associated with each machine.There is a large garden, well stocked with flowers, shrubs and fruit trees. The
(light refreshments available) and small shop complete the museum
The Wigston Framework Knitting Museum is recruiting volunteers to fulfil various roles within the museum. This can range from meeting and guiding visitors, general maintenance and housekeeping to demonstrating machines.
If you would like to help keep this little museum running and meet other people with an interest in social or industrial history, then this is an ideal opportunity.
Full support and training will be given.
Contact: Bill Boulter
Tel: 07977 169440
SMELTING EXHIBITION TO RECLAIM AND REPAIR OLD BROKEN NEEDLES
"Due to the Leicester lock down which affects some areas of the County, the Museum can no longer reopen on Sunday 5th July as planned.
This is very disappointing, not only for us but many other organisations. Our volunteers have put in a great deal of work in preparation for reopening.
We'll advise of when we can welcome our visitors back again"