Buckminster & Sewstern Historic Project Update – August 2016

Until now, almost nothing has been known about Buckminster & Sewstern in the middle ages. A project conducted by Leicestershire Victoria County History (VCH)  has been looking at many original documents, with the following findings reported:

  • There were as many as 300 deer in Buckminster Park in 1839
  • The 9th earl of Dysart was closely involved with the detailed specifications for Jubilee Cottages built in 1935
  • The medieval manor house which preceded the building of Buckminster Park in the 1790s was occupied by ‘widow Berkeley’ in 1543, was rebuilt shortly before 1562, and was a substantial home in 1670 with 15 hearths.
  • There were a total of 125 recorded land transactions in the parish before 1363, many of which living outside of the villages; the reason, however, will never be known!
  • Sewstern’s medieval chapel was at the west end of the village


In addition, VHC will be giving a FREE talk on the fascinating history of Buckminster & Sewstern. This will take place 19:00hrs on Wednesday 14th September 2016 at Buckminster Village Hall.