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Melton Heritage Trail

Anne of Cleves

Anne of Cleves


Melton Carnegie Museum


Melton Mowbray,
LE13 1AE


The Anne of Cleves, now a pub, was built in the fourteenth century. The Priory of Lewes in Sussex, set up by Cluniac monks from Cluny in France, owned this house and it was later home to fourteen monastic priests. It came by its present name after a later owner and adviser to Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell, fell from favour and the building was gifted to Anne of Cleves in a divorce settlement, although it is unlikely she stayed there.

Across the street at the junction with Mill Street is a blue plaque on the Manor House, former home to renowned organist Sir Malcolm Sergent. Walk further down Burton Street to view the Harborough Hotel, a venue popular with visiting hunters. In 1874 the Empress of Austria, along with 21 horses and several noblemen, visited Melton to hunt and gave the proprietor of the Harborough Hotel only a day's notice of their impending arrival.

Further down the road on the other side and next to the Boat Inn (named so as it stood by the canal basin formerly in this area), is Cardigan House. It is named after the Earl of Cardigan who lived here during the nineteenth century and he is famous for leading the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War. The charge head-on with deadly artillery was due to a miscommunication on the battlefield but Lord Cardigan fortunately managed to reach the Russian guns.

You should now be stood outside the entrance to the train station and the borough council offices.

Trail: Melton Heritage Trail

Waypoint: 11


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Map reference: SK 753189  Lat: 52.76259 Long: -0.88477