Place:Knossington, Leicestershire, England

Alt namesClosintonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 161
Nossitonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 161
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.667°N 0.817°W
Located inLeicestershire, England
See alsoGartree Hundred, Leicestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was included
Melton Mowbray Rural, Leicestershire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1935
Cold Overton, Leicestershire, Englandcivil parish absorbed into Knossington in 1936
Melton and Belvoir Rural, Leicestershire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1936-1974
Melton District, Leicestershire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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source: Family History Library Catalog
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Knossington is a village in the Melton District or Borough of Leicestershire, England. It is located close to the border with the county of Rutland, around 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Oakham.

Since 1974 the civil parish has been renamed Knossington and Cold Overton. It has been a designated conservation area since 1977.

Knossington is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086, having 31 households, in the hundred of Gartree. In the south of the village is the Manor House, dating from the 16th or early 17th century. The west side of the village is dominated by the grounds of Knossington Grange, a large Tudor style mansion built in the late 19th century, now a school. The 14th-century St Peter's church, restored in 1830, is a Grade II* listed building.

Between 1894 and 1936 Knossington was a civil parish in Melton Mowbray Rural District and from 1936 until 1974 in the Melton and Belvoir Rural District. In 1936 it absorbed the neighbouring parish of Cold Overton.

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 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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