Place:Nether Broughton, Leicestershire, England

NameNether Broughton
Alt namesBroctonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 162
Nether-Broughtonsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.817°N 0.967°W
Located inLeicestershire, England     ( - 1936)
See alsoFramland Hundred, Leicestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was included
Melton Mowbray Rural, Leicestershire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1936
Broughton and Old Dalby, Leicestershire, Englandcivil parish into which it was absorbed in 1936
Melton District, Leicestershire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"BROUGHTON (Nether), a parish in Melton-Mowbray [registration] district, Leicester; on the verge of the county, near the Fosse way and the Grantham canal, 6 miles NW by N of Melton-Mowbray [railway] station. It has a post office under Melton-Mowbray. Acres: 2,110. Real property: £4,296. Population: 519. Houses: 107. The property is divided among a few. Broughton Lodge is a chief residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value: £397. Patron: alternately the Hon. P. P. Bouverie and the Rev. W. H. Sawyer. The church has an embattled pinnacled tower, and is very good. There are a Wesleyan chapel, and charities £17."

Nether Broughton is at the western edge of Leicestershire where its border is with Nottinghamshire. Its neighbouring hamlet of Upper Broughton is in Nottinghamshire.

Much of the parish land was used for grazing and Stilton cheese was made. Sufficient iron ore was found in the neighbourhood for four blast furnaces to be built by the Holwell Iron Company. (Source:GENUKI)

Local Administration

The parish was part of Melton Mowbray Rural District from 1894 until 1935 when the rural district was abolished and replaced by the Melton and Belvoir Rural District which covered a 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 this change Nether Broughton was abolished and the area was joined with the neighbouring parish of Old Dalby to become Broughton and Old Dalby.

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.

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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.