On 8 December, 1911, Will Moorhouse of Spratton, a friend of Edgar Mobbs, landed an aeroplane on the Harborough Cricket Field. He had come by arrangement from Huntingdon, and a great crowd awaited him. The combination of a difficult cross wind and too small a landing area meant that the plane came down too steeply, digging its still-spinning propeller about a foot into the ground. The plane reared up and nearly flipped over, the supporter struts crumpling like matchwood. Nevertheless it was an historic occasion, the first landing of an aeroplane in Market Harborough.
Acknowledged to “Yesterday’s Town: Victorian Harborough