Burrough Court has a wealth of history with strong links to the Royal family and World War II.
Today it is a family run estate which diversified in 2000 to a rural business park set in the heart of the picturesque Leicestershire countryside, 6 miles south of the rural food capital, Melton Mowbray.
Built in 1906, Burrough Court was the site of a grand country house used as a popular hunting lodge for the gentry and royal family. During the 1930’s the Prince of Wales regularly visited his good friends, Lord and Lady Furness at Burrough Court their country retreat. It was whilst enjoying an evening reception that the Prince met his future wife, Wallis Simpson who had a close relationship with Lady Furness. You can discover more on the forbidden Royal romance and hear untold stories on DVD purchasing directly from Burrough Court on 01664 454690.
At the end of World War II in the 1940s the house was destroyed in a fire, allegedly due to the 10th Battalion, Parachute Regiment using explosives to get to a sealed wine cellar before they were posted off to the Battle of Arnhem on September 18th, 1944 to carry out a fateful drop behind the enemy lines.
In memory and legacy of the brave men of the 10th Battalion and so their part in history shall never be forgotten, the Friends of the Tenth have erected a commemorative stone sculpture set within a memorial garden at the bottom of the Get Busy Living Centre driveway. The memorial garden is open to the public and free.
The Get Busy Living Centre, founded by Matt Hampson (who sadly broke his neck playing for England rugby under 20s) was in its previous life an aircraft hangar where Lord Furness housed his private aeroplane.
Visit our history page to find out more.