all Melton Mowbrays fame for making pork pies and Stilton
cheese, there was one thing which really put the quiet market town
on the map hunting.
it or not, nothing else has had such a singular impact on Melton
Mowbray as the huntsmen and their supporters.
first associations with the sport started in the 1700s and soon
it became as fashionable to rent a house in Melton as it did
be seen at a society ball in London.
town was reputedly discovered by colliery owner W.H.
Lambton who was looking for somewhere quieter than the usual but
raucous Quorndon Hall, Earl Shilton, to stay for the hunting season.
rented a house in Sherrard Street and others quickly followed suit,
helping to build Melton into the town it is today.
for The Daily News wrote in October 1872: But
its being the rendezvous for so large and hard riding a set of hunting
men, Melton would probably have remained in the peaceful obscurity
which surrounds the names of so many small country towns.
has not ever done anything else to attract celebrity, unless it
be to make some especially succulent pork pies and it might be fairly
argued that even this trade is in great measure provoked by the
presence in its midst of hunting men.