have been attacted to the Melton Mowbray area for the best part
of 200 years.
foxhunting became an important feature of local life, other means
of entertainment were developed to soak up the aristocrats
time and money.
gambling at the races and cockfighting to drinking heavily at the
Old Club, there was plenty to do much of it dubious
for the good-time gentlemen.
certainly played its part in Meltons rich history with thousands
of pounds bet every week by punters on everything from steeple-
chasing to cockfighting.
and more events had sprung up since the town achieved its foxhunting
fame and there was plenty to keep the visiting sporting
entertained from the early 1800s onwards.
of the most famous of these visitors in the 1930s was the late Duke
of Windsor then Edward, Prince of Wales who reputedly
met his future wife, the American Mrs Wallis Simpson, when they
were house-guests at Burrough Court.
Prince had been a frequent visitor to Melton since his first look
at the town in 1921. He hunted with the Quorn and stayed at Newport
and Craven lodges.
took possession of private quarters built for him at Craven Lodge
and until 1929 he spent much of his time at what he called his second
home hunting, entertaining and attending social events.
the middle of the 1929
the Duke of York, later to become King George VI, was also a frequent
visitor, taking apartments at Craven Lodge.
Kings third son, the Duke of Gloucester, also began to find
his way into the heart of foxhunting country.
Royal Highnesses attended many social events including dances at
the Corn Exchange and the annual dinner of the National Farmers
Union Melton branch.
prince became Edward VIII on the death of his father in January
1936 but abdicated in favour of the present Queens father.
abdicated because of his love for Mrs Simpson, the Amercian divorcee,
and was created the Duke of Windsor. They later married.