The Greater Wigston Historical Society was formed in 1980 by Duncan Lucas and a group of keen local historians. The Society meets monthly with the exception of July. In the summer months we have two outings to visit places of historic interest whilst the other 9 meetings (see meetings page) are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
"WIGSTON WITH TWO STEEPLES" In the Middle Ages it was known as Wigston Two Steeples as, unusually, there were two mediaeval churches there, All Saints' and St Wistan's. St Wistan's is so called because it was one of the places where the body of St Wistan or Wigstan rested before burial. Wigstan was a Mercian prince who was assassinated, but was regarded as a Martyr. He was initially buried at Repton, but his body was then moved to Evesham.
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A JOURNEY THROUGH KILBY BRIDGE AND WIGSTON MAGNA TO THE "SPION KOP" BRIDGE ON STATION ROAD
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