Shearsby

Shearsby

Shearsby is a rural village in the English county of Leicestershire.

It is in the Harborough district around nine miles due south of Leicester and north east of Lutterworth.

Shearsby Spa

A Holy Well on the road south and west of the village – between the main Leicester-Northampton road (now the A5199) and Bruntingthorpe – was converted into a spa that was popular during the first half of the nineteenth century. The waters were held to be efficacious in treating skin diseases, indigestion, rheumatism, bilious and nervous disorders. Analysis of the mineral content revealed the major constituents to be sodium sulphate and sodium chloride. [British Association for the Advancement of Science. "A Guide to Leicester and District". Leicester: Edward Shardlow, 1907 ] As early as 1855 it was reported to have fallen out of popularity. Nonetheless the 'Bath Hotel and Shearsby Spa' (gbmappingsmall|SP621900) remains in business at its site.

References

* [http://www.bath.ac.uk/lispring/sourcearchive/fs1/fs1clp1.htm re Holy Well / spa]

External links

* [http://www.marketharboroughonline.co.uk/pp/gold/viewgold.asp?ID=1131 Brief details]
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