Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Wigston Magna (A Guided Walk in Wigston Magna)

“Wigston Magna” is a Guided Walk devised and led by the Leicester-based Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby, of Colin Crosby Heritage Tours.

These strolls are an enjoyable way of soaking up some Local History.

The walk starts outside Heards of Wigston, the pie and meat shop on the corner of Long Street and Bell Street, and opposite the County Record Office.

Wigston Magna was, throughout the Middle Ages, the largest town in Leicestershire apart from Leicester itself, and was known as “Wigston Two Steeples” because of its two mediaeval churches.

During the walk, Colin will be pointing out many places of interest. In addition to the two churches, these will include almshouses, the site of Wigston’s pinfold (a sort of prison for animals), the framework knitting master’s house which is now a museum and the historic Congregational chapel.

He will also be discussing two of Wigston’s more famous inhabitants, George Davenport and Abigail Herrick.

The route takes in an extraordinary complex of lanes in the town centre, and explains their origin.

Wigston Magna is served by buses from Leicester City Centre.

Dates, costs and where to meet

A place on 'Wigston Magna' costs £5.00 per person, or £4.00 if paying in advance. The guided walk begins at Heards of Wigston, and is running on:

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If you would like to book a place on one of these dates, please telephone Colin on (0116) 2611576 or email him at

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