Although records are scarce, the Melton Mowbray Town Estate appears to have its roots in the Guild system of local government, where guilds provided employment, education and healthcare to the local community. With the Reformation and decline of the guilds, the enterprising people of Melton Mowbray took it upon themselves to pick up the mantle of local government for the people, beginning with the purchase of land for a local school in 1549.

Over the centuries, the Town Estate’s responsibilities grew as it expanded to include upkeep of roads and bridges, and other civil functions. In the mid-nineteenth century, the Town Estate acquired the Manorial Rights of the Lord of the Manor of Melton Mowbray. By the late nineteenth century, many of these roles had been taken by national and local government, and as the Town Estate’s responsibilities shrank, it became a regulated charity in 1986. The Town Estate is now led by 12 annually elected Feoffees and 2 Townwardens, who guide its decision-making.

Today, Melton Mowbray Town Estate still manages the parks in the town, ensuring they are maintained and well-served with amenities, attractions and events. It also manages the twice-weekly market at Market Place in Melton town centre and the leisure park at Sysonby Acres, which includes an 18-hole golf, foot golf and disc golf course, camping facilities, and a shop.