Croxton-Keyrial is a village and civil parish in the Melton District (or borough) of Leicestershire, England. It is 6.6 miles (10.6 km) to the southwest of Grantham and 7.9 miles (12.7 km) northeast of Melton Mowbray and 0.5 mile (0.8 km) west of Leicestershire's boundary with Lincolnshire. The civil parish of Croxton-Keyrial, which includes the outlying hamlet of Branston (which was absorbed in 1936), had a population of 490 in 2001.
A History of Britain through Time provides the following description of Croxton-Keyrial from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
The parish was part of Belvoir Rural District from 1894 until 1935 when the rural district was abolished and replaced by the Melton and Belvoir Rural District which covered a much larger area. A year after the introduction of the new rural district its parishes were reorganized and reduced in number from 68 to 25.
In 1974 a new nationwide organization of local government was introduced in which rural and urban districts were replaced by "non-metropolitan" districts. In the northeast of Leicestershire this meant little save for the fact that the principal town of Melton Mowbray, formerly a separate urban district, was now governed by the same body (Melton District or Borough) as the rural area that surrounded it.
Croxton Kerrial can be described as a hilly area, with the highest point within the locality being five hundred feet above sea level. Nearby Branston lies much lower. Much of the land surrounding Croxton Kerrial is arable, and has been used as farmland for centuries.
Nearby places are Knipton and Harston (both in Belvoir parish), Belvoir Castle, Hungerton (over the border in Lincolnshire), Eaton and Sproxton. South Croxton is a separate village and civil parish some distance away in the Charnwood borough of Leicestershire, named with reference to its situation south of Croxton Kerrial.
An ancestor was born in Croxton-Keyrial, Leicestershire, however an 1851 Census gives his birth place as "Crowson, Lincolnshire".
The local pronunciation of Croxton-Keyrial sounds like Crowson. Croxton-Keyrial is in Leicestershire, but for census purposes it was in the Grantham (Lincolnshire) Registration District.
Maps on the place-pages for Belvoir Rural District and Melton and Belvoir Rural District illustrate the location of the various parishes and the geographical and administrative changes that occurred in 1936.