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Thorpe Bridge


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The tower which you can see at the end of Thorpe End was part of Langton and Sons brewery, set up in 1865. It sold mild, strong, pale ales, stouts, produced mineral water, ginger beer and had freehold licenses for fourteen pubs in and around Melton Mowbray.

In 1890 the Brewers' Journal reported that Harry Langton had created a tap which prevented the build up of '…insects, dust, or mould.' After George Langton passed away, the business was sold in 1910 and the single-storey building to the right became the Picture Palace cinema, seating 400 people.

Thorpe End toll gate was situated on Thorpe Bridge, just in front of the brewery and collected tolls from travellers in order to maintain the road. The Marquis of Waterford famously painted the toll gate red in 1837 as part of his spree and was almost shot by the keeper.

In 1856 after the toll gate moved outside of Melton Mowbray, the keeper and his grandson were murdered by Peppermint Billy. Billy, a convict sent to Tasmania for stealing, was caught and was the last publicly-hanged person in Leicester.


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Map reference: SK 757192  Lat: 52.76520 Long: -0.87876