Place:Belton, Leicestershire, England

TypeCivil parish
Coordinates52.781°N 1.338°W
Located inLeicestershire, England
See alsoWest Goscote Hundred, Leicestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was included
Loughborough Rural, Leicestershire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1936
Castle Donington Rural, Leicestershire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1936-1974
North West Leicestershire District, Leicestershire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Belton is a small village in the North West Leicestershire District of Leicestershire, England, The village is located approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) northwest of the town of Shepshed, 5.5 miles (8.9 km) west-northwest of Loughborough, and 6 miles (9.7 km) northeast of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The parish was in Castle Donington Rural District from 1894 until 1974. According to the 2011 Census, the parish had a population of 734.

A History of Britain through Time provides the following description of Belton from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"BELTON, a parish in Loughborough district, Leicester; 4½ miles NNE of Swannington r. station, and 6 WNW of Loughborough. Its statistics include the extra-parochial tract of Grace-Dieu; and its Post Town is Sheepshead, under Loughborough. Acres: 1,900. Real property: £5,259. Population: 781. Houses: 161. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value: £179. Patron: the Marquis of Hastings. The church is a fine old edifice, with tower and spire; and contains a monument of Roesia de Verdun, the founder of Grace-Dieu nunnery. There are two dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, a national school, and a great annual horse fair."

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