Groby, The Pool c.1960
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Before the birth of theme parks, a day out in the late 1950s (when comparatively few people owned a car) was by Midland Red bus to Groby Pool, Swithland Woods and Bradgate Park, with the statutory climb up to Old John. Once it was larger, but its 40 acres qualified the pool as the largest sheet of water in the county until the 19th century, hence the saying 'to thatch Groby Pool with pancakes' indicates any impossible undertaking. The photograph looks north, with Pool House glimpsed on the extreme right, while the granite quarries are beyond the trees.

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A Selection of Memories from Groby

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Heading out of the village, our next port of call is the Scout Hut.  Was it still there?  Well the old gravel path that we used to walk or cycle up was blocked by new buildings.  So back to the main road and a scramble up the grassy bank, through the small wooded area, and there it was.  As luck would have it, due to a children’s party, the hut was open, and we ...see more
Stopping briefly outside the Working Men’s Club, the meeting place on Saturday lunchtimes for us Groby footballers before away games, we pass the chippy, the old blacksmiths where the old Smithy had let us watch him shoeing the horses on our way home from school, and Chaplin’s the family butcher. We had considered going down to the field on the road to Groby Pool, where we ...see more
How many of us as fresh faced five year olds, on our very first day at school, look around the classroom and think ‘will any of these children be classed as ‘true’ friends fifty years from today’? Well none of us of course, we are far too young and nervous to be thinking of anything other than ‘when can I go home?’, but about a year ago my great buddy, John Hughes, pointed out ...see more