museums and attractions

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Wigston Framework Knitters Museum

A Master Hosier’s house with a two story Victorian frameshop in the garden. The house dates from the last years of the 17th century and shows signs of various alterations. At the rear is a cobbled yard and a water pump. A two storey workshop extension has been added to the rear of the house.

Facilities

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop

Address

42-44 Bushloe End Wigston Leicestershire LE18 2BA

  • 0116 288 6243
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  • View website

Open days

3 Mar-Dec Sun 1400-1700. (Last entry 1600.) (Closed Christmas & New Year.)

Travel

By Bus: 48

By Rail: South Wigston / 1 mile

The brick floor of an earlier frame shop can be seen in the garden; not unusual for this part of Leicestershire, with its long tradition of worsted knitting. The museum is unique, because when the last master hosier, Edgar Carter died in 1952, the workshop was locked and left. Inside on the ground floor were eight hand frames for making gloves, mitts and fancy ribbed tops for golf hose, together with all the moulds and tools associated with each machine.

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