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The Groby conservation area, centred around the historic core of the village, was designated by the council in January 1976.
The extent of the designated area includes land to the south of the A50, Markfield Road, part of Leicester Road and Chapel Hill.
The most important groups of structures are in the Castle Mound and The Old Hall, adjacent to the A50. The earliest surviving parts of The Old Hall date back to the 14th century.
During the 16th and 17th centuries, the village experienced relative prosperity and it was during this period that many of the ordinary vernacular buildings were constructed.
Although framework knitting was important in the 18th century, this was superseded in the 19th century by the development of Groby Quarry for roofing slate and road stone.
Until the early part of the 20th century, the character of the village was that of a mixed agricultural and quarrying settlement. However, the development of the motor car in modern times has changed its character into a commuter village.
Last updated: 28/11/2023 09:45