Fox’s Confectionery Used Stuffed Polar Bears To Promote Their Famous Glacier Mints

For a number of years, Leicester based confectionery company Fox’s used stuffed Polar Bears in its Glacier Mints advertisement campaigns. The history behind the stuffed animals is of significant interest. The mascots, which at one point in history had attracted large crowds of potential customers. However, with the introduction of television and radio advertisement, they…… Continue reading Fox’s Confectionery Used Stuffed Polar Bears To Promote Their Famous Glacier Mints

St Helen’s Finger Pillory, Ashby De La Zouch

The quaint town of Ashby De La Zouch offers many diversions to visitors but none as unorthodox as the 300 year old finger pillory in St. Helen’s Church. St. Helen’s church boasts the finest stained glass windows depicting the life of Christ in the Midlands. It is one of the most picturesque churches in the county.…… Continue reading St Helen’s Finger Pillory, Ashby De La Zouch

Hallaton Bottle Kicking

Imagine a rugby scrum involving hundreds of willing participants. Pushing, shoving, rucking, mauling, punching and kicking each other over a small keg of beer. In a field full of hedgerows, trees and barbed wire fences. The goal lines being two brooks, over a mile apart. There is one aim, to get the keg of beer over your village’s brook.

Bilstone Gibbet

In Leicestershire, along a minor road to the village of Bilstone. A little unknown piece of local history has stood for over 200 years. A Gibbet. Used only once for a rare, tragic murder in the village. Location Located along Gibbet Lane, just outside Bilstone Village. It is standing by the side of a little lay-by. It can be…… Continue reading Bilstone Gibbet

The Last Man In England To Be Gibbeted, James Cook.

May 1832, in the busy town centre of Leicester, the brutal murder of John Paas took place. The killing is particularly worthy of note, not merely for the horrific circumstances which accompanied it, but the other factors surrounding the incident. Join The Leicester Chronicle as we explore the story of the last man in England to…… Continue reading The Last Man In England To Be Gibbeted, James Cook.