Staunton Harold – July Bulletin

Three months on, and we’d like our lives back please Boris. If this ‘social distancing’ M’larkey is reduced to one metre that will make a huge difference, though some people, scared witless by all the doomsters, will still be isolating themselves a year from now....

Staunton Harold – June Bulletin

Some recent conversations have set me thinking about the farms around Staunton, how they’ve changed in my lifetime and are set to change again. When the twelfth Earl Ferrers put the estate up for auction in 1954 it included eight tenanted farms. The biggest had 266...

Staunton Harold – May Bulletin

Have we ever seen a more glorious spring? I don’t recall one, and that not because we have more leisure to enjoy it. The miserably wet winter has resulted in a profusion of wild flowers, blooming earlier and more abundantly than ever. Now, paradoxically, the warm...

Staunton Harold – April Bulletin

‘May you live in interesting times’, a Chinese saying for a Chinese virus. A strange time indeed. Staunton has been almost as quiet as when I first walked through the grounds exactly seventy years ago. We have not closed the car park or foothpaths, and in the last few...

Staunton Harold – Covid-19 & March Bulletin

Very strange times. As a boy I spent many nights in our damp cold cellar, sheltering from German bombers; now I’m confined to the kitchen, but at least it’s warm. Here at Staunton we are adjusting to the new reality. The Nurseries are fully open while at the Ferrers...

Staunton Harold Bulletin – February 2020

Some of the coal seams which give Coalville its name come to surface on our estate. They have been mined continually since medieval times; the last pit, New Lount, was sunk in 1927. All the deep mines had closed by about 1980, but they kept on pumping the mine water...