Research and writing have been put aside during the last two weeks when present day family matters demanded attention. However, today I’ve become re-energised after a trip to a small village on the Leicestershire/Warwickshire border. Cotesbach is famous as the site of the Enclosure Riots; it is home to a Manor, Cotesbach Hall, an 18th century schoolhouse and today, during a Heritage Open Day it witnessed a slightly over excited family historian. That would be me then….
I’ve planned on visiting Cotesbach for several years and for no particular reason have never got round to it until today. It’s not as if its a long complicated trip, just a few miles down the road from home, yet it wasn’t until I noticed that the village was involved in a Heritage Open Day that I was spurred to grab my camera, a printout of my earliest Rainbows, my long suffering husband and head off down the slightly soggy, autumnal lanes of rural Leicestershire. The schoolroom at the Cotesbach Educational Trust was built in the late 18th century and there’s a good chance that several of my ancestors stared out of that window wishing lessons were over for the day.