Rothley Pauper Heritage Centre

A book written by Terry Sheppard tells about life in the workhouse and is based on true stories researched by volunteers using internet technology. Priced at £9 it is available at the events or by contacting Terry Sheppard 0116 2302931.


After a few years of research, looking at new ideas using technology, costings, applying for grants and, most important of all, designing an exhibition that can travel around the villages that formed part of the Barrow-upon-Soar Union, the Rothley Heritage Trust announces that the project is being assembled for viewing.

The Official Opening is on Friday 11th May 2018 but the volunteers will have a private viewing on Saturday 5th May 2018 to see how their part of the project fits into the whole picture.

The first public viewing is at Rothley Parish Church on Saturday 16th June 2018 from 1-5pm.

Exhibition Viewing Dates for the public at the Rothley Cemetery Chapel, Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley:

Saturday 21st July 2018 1-4pm

Saturday 18th August 2018 1-4pm

Sunday 9th September 2018 1-4pm as part of the Heritage Open Days

Sunday 14th October 2018 1-4pm

Groups by arrangement.

Contact Terry Sheppard 0116 2302931 or Marion Vincent 0116 2375156

Marion being fitted for her pauper uniform. When you entered the workhouse your clothes were taken away and you were given a uniform. When you left the workhouse the uniform was handed back and your own clothes returned. If you left wearing the uniform and you were caught then you would end up in court with a short prison sentence.


Rothley Parish Council kindly allowed the Rothley Heritage Trust the use of the Cemetery Chapel for its Workhouse Project. The chapel consists of one room where the service was held and a small side porch where the Minister would prepare for the Funeral Service.

All the equipment used in the exhibition had to be collapsible so that it could be transported around the 31 villages that were part of the Barrow-upon-Soar Union. These dates have still to be organised and premises found to house the exhibition for the day.