the turn of the century, hunting was still going strong and maintained
the high-profile links between Melton Mowbray and the upper classes.
Duke of Windsor, then Edward Prince of Wales, fell in love with
Melton in 1921 and lived at Craven Lodge with stables in Sherrard
the height of the Jazz Age from 1924 to 1929, he spent
of his spare time here in what he called his second home
hunting, entertaining and attending various social events in town.
the middle of the 1929 season the Duke of York, later King George
VI, took apartments at Craven Lodge, and the Duke of Gloucester
was also a fan of Melton. Hunting remained part and parcel of Melton
of the areas hunts, the
Belvoir, Cottesmore and Fernie, took it in turns to keep to the
tradition of the New Years Day hunt until the Fifties.
Melton Times faithfully recorded each of the meetings in its capacity
as the official hunt paper.
1983 the custom was revived when thousands turned out to watch the
Belvoir Hunts New Years Day meet.