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Melton Heritage Trail

Play Close

Play Close


Melton Carnegie Museum


Play Close,
Park Lane,
Melton Mowbray,
LE13 0PW


You are standing in the Play Close, which was owned by Lord Melbourne in the nineteenth century and used for recreation by the people of Melton Mowbray. The owner of a bakery in Park Lane which borders the Play Close built pigsties and allotments on the parkland. People felt this was contrary to their enjoyment of the open space and in 1848 the Playclose Riots took place which saw these buildings pulled down.

The Town Estate eventually bought the land in 1850 and later expanded the size of the parkland. Religious guilds had provided education and maintained the parish but this came under threat during the sixteenth century, when Edward VI wanted to seize their property. In 1549 to keep these benefits Nicholas Colishaw and Thomas Postern bought land from the guilds and created the Town Estate which owns and maintains the parkland in the town.

Trail: Melton Heritage Trail

Waypoint: 12


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Map reference: SK 751189  Lat: 52.76278 Long: -0.88764