Place:Leicestershire, England


NameLeicestershire
Alt namesLEIsource: Curious Fox: UK Counties and Shires [online] (2002). accessed 16 Dec 2002
Leicsource: Gazetteer of Great Britain (1999) xviii
Leicestersource: Family History Library Catalog
Leicssource: Wikipedia
TypeHistoric county, Administrative county, Modern county
Coordinates52.667°N 1.167°W
Located inEngland
Contained Places
Borough (county)
Leicester ( 100 - 1997 )
Chapelry
Barkby Thorpe
Barlestone
Barsby ( - 1936 )
Bilstone
Blaston
Braunstone
Burbage
Carlton
Dadlington
Drayton
Earl Shilton
Fleckney
Gaddesby
Glen Parva
Goadby
Great Easton
Grimston
Holwell ( - 1936 )
Hoton
Ilston on the Hill
Keyham
Kibworth Harcourt
Market Harborough
Mowsley
Nevill Holt
Newton Harcourt
Newtown Linford
Noseley
Potters Marston
Quorndon
Rolleston
Sewstern ( - 1936 )
Stoughton
Stretton Magna
Stretton Parva
Sysonby ( - 1935 )
Thorpe Langton
Tur Langton
West Langton
Civil parish
Ab Kettleby
Allexton
Anstey Pastures ( - 1935 )
Anstey
Appleby Magna
Asfordby
Ashby Folville ( - 1936 )
Ashby de la Zouch
Aston Flamville
Atterton
Aylestone
Bardon
Barkby Thorpe
Barkby
Barkestone ( - 1936 )
Barlestone
Barrow upon Soar
Barsby ( - 1936 )
Barton in the Beans
Barwell
Beaumont Leys
Beeby
Belgrave
Belton
Belvoir
Bescaby ( - 1936 )
Billesdon
Bilstone
Blackfordby ( - 1936 )
Blaston
Bottesford
Branston
Braunstone
Breedon on the Hill
Brentingby and Wyfordby
Bringhurst
Brooksby ( - 1936 )
Broughton and Old Dalby ( 1936 - )
Buckminster
Burbage
Burrough on the Hill
Burton Lazars ( - 1936 )
Burton Overy
Burton and Dalby
Burton on the Wolds
Bushby
Cadeby
Carlton Curlieu
Carlton
Charley
Chilcote ( 1897 - )
Church Langton ( - 1866 )
Clawson and Harby ( 1936 - )
Claybrooke
Cold Newton
Cold Overton
Congerstone
Cossington
Coston ( - 1936 )
Cotes
Cotesbach
Cranoe
Croft
Croxton Keyrial
Dadlington
Desford
Diseworth
Dishley cum Thorpacre ( - 1935 )
Drayton
Earl Shilton
East Goscote ( 1940 - )
East Langton
Eastwell ( - 1936 )
Eaton
Edmondthorpe
Elmesthorpe
Evington
Fleckney
Foxton
Freeby
Frisby (near Billesdon)
Frisby on the Wreake
Gaddesby
Garthorpe
Gaulby
Gilroe
Glen Parva
Glenfield
Glooston
Goadby Marwood ( - 1936 )
Goadby
Great Bowden
Great Dalby
Great Easton
Great Glen
Grimston
Gumley
Hallaton
Halstead
Harby ( - 1936 )
Harston ( - 1936 )
Heather
Hemington
Higham on the Hill
Hoby with Rotherby ( 1936 - )
Hoby ( - 1936 )
Holwell ( - 1936 )
Horninghold
Hose ( - 1936 )
Hoton
Houghton on the Hill
Hugglescote and Donington le Heath ( 1878 - )
Huncote
Hungarton
Husbands Bosworth
Ilston on the Hill
Isley Walton ( - 1936 )
Isley cum Langley ( 1936 - )
Keyham
Kibworth Beauchamp
Kibworth Harcourt
Kings Norton
Kirby Bellars
Knaptoft
Knipton ( - 1936 )
Knossington
Langley Priory ( - 1936 )
Laughton
Launde
Leicester Forest East
Leicester Forest West
Leicester Frith
Leicester New Found Pool
Leicester St. Margaret
Leicester St. Mary
Leicester ( 100 - 1997 )
Little Bowden ( 1888 - )
Little Dalby ( - 1936 )
Lockington Hemington ( 1936 - )
Lockington
Loddington
Long Clawson ( - 1936 )
Long Whatton
Lowesby
Lubenham
Maplewell Longdale
Marefield
Market Harborough
Measham ( 1897 - )
Medbourne
Melton Mowbray
Mowsley
Muston ( - 1936 )
Nanpantan
Nether Broughton ( - 1936 )
Nevill Holt
Newton Harcourt
Newtown Linford
Normanton le Heath
Norton juxta Twycross
Noseley
Oakthorpe and Donisthorpe ( 1866 - )
Old Dalby ( - 1936 )
Over Seal and Nether Seal ( 1866 - 1889 )
Owston and Newbold
Packington ( 1897 - )
Pickwell with Leesthorpe
Plungar ( - 1936 )
Potters Marston
Prestwold
Queniborough
Quorndon
Ragdale ( - 1936 )
Ratcliffe on the Wreake
Ravenstone with Snibston
Rearsby
Redmile
Rolleston
Rotherby ( - 1936 )
Rothley
Saddington
Saltby
Sapcote
Saxby
Saxelby ( - 1936 )
Scalford
Scraptoft
Seagrave
Sewstern ( - 1936 )
Shangton
Shepshed Parva
Shoby ( - 1936 )
Sileby
Skeffington
Slawston
Smeeton Westerby
Somerby
South Croxton
Stapleford ( - 1936 )
Stathern
Staunton Harold
Stockerston
Stoke Golding
Stonesby
Stoney Stanton
Stonton Wyville
Stoughton
Stretton Magna
Stretton Parva
Stretton en le Field ( 1897 - )
Swannington
Sysonby ( - 1935 )
Theddingworth
Thorpe Arnold
Thorpe Langton
Thorpe Satchville ( - 1936 )
Thringstone
Thrussington
Thurmaston
Thurnby
Tilton
Tugby
Tur Langton
Twyford and Thorpe ( - 1936 )
Twyford ( - 1936 )
Ulverscroft
Waltham on the Wolds
Wartnaby ( - 1936 )
Welby ( - 1936 )
Welham
West Langton
Whatborough
Wigston Magna
Wigston Parva
Willesley ( 1897 - )
Wistow
Withcote
Witherley
Woodthorpe
Wycomb and Chadwell ( - 1936 )
Wymeswold
Wymondham
District municipality
Blaby District ( 1974 - )
Charnwood District ( 1974 - )
Harborough District ( 1974 - )
Hinckley and Bosworth District ( 1974 - )
Leicester District ( 1974 - )
Melton District ( 1974 - )
North West Leicestershire District ( 1974 - )
Oadby and Wigston District ( 1974 - )
Extra parochial area
Anstey Pastures ( - 1935 )
Bardon
Beaumont Leys
Belvoir
Braunstone Frith
Gilroe
Launde
Leicester Frith
Leicester New Found Pool
Noseley
Shoby ( - 1936 )
Ulverscroft
Hamlet
Appleby Parva
Atterton
Bescaby ( - 1936 )
Bushby
Maplewell Longdale
Nether Seal ( - 1889 )
Whatborough
Wigston Parva
Hundred
East Goscote Hundred
Framland Hundred
Gartree Hundred
Guthlaxton Hundred
Sparkenhoe Hundred
West Goscote Hundred
Inhabited place
Anstey
Arnesby
Ashby Magna
Ashby Parva
Bagworth
Birstall
Bitteswell
Blaby
Brascote
Braunstone Town
Broughton Astley
Bruntingthorpe
Castle Donington ( 1897 - )
Catthorpe
Chadwell
Clarendon Park
Coalville
Coleorton
Cosby
Cotesbach
Countesthorpe
Cropston
Donisthorpe
Dunton Bassett
Enderby
Fenny Drayton
Frolesworth
Gilmorton
Groby
Hamilton
Hathern
Heather
Hemington
Hinckley
Huncote
Kegworth
Ketton
Kibworth
Kilby Bridge
Kilby
Kimcote
Kirby Muxloe
Kirkby Mallory
Leicester ( 100 - 1997 )
Leire
Loughborough ( 500 - )
Lutterworth
Market Bosworth
Markfield
Measham ( 1897 - )
Misterton
Moira
Mountsorrel
Narborough
Newbold Verdon
North Kilworth
Oadby
Oakthorpe
Odstone
Orton on the Hill
Osbaston
Osgathorpe
Over Seal ( - 1897 )
Peatling Magna
Peatling Parva
Peckleton
Ratby
Ratcliffe Culey
Sapcote
Shackerstone
Sharnford
Shawell
Shearsby
Sheepy Magna
Sheepy Parva
Shelthorpe
Shenton
Shepshed
Sibson
Smockington
Snarestone
South Kilworth
South Wigston
Sproxton
Stanton under Bardon
Stapleton
Sutton Cheney
Sutton in the Elms
Swepstone
Swinford
Swithland
Syston
Thringstone
Thurcaston
Thurlaston
Thurmaston
Twycross
Ullesthorpe
Walcote
Walton on the Wolds
Walton
Wanlip
Whetstone
Whitwick ( 1897 - )
Willoughby Waterleys
Witherley
Woodhouse Eaves
Woodhouse
Worthington
Wycomb
Locality
Bradgate Park
Freakes Ground
Leicester the Castle View
The Mythe
Parish
Eye Kettleby ( - 1936 )
Parish (ancient)
Ab Kettleby
Allexton
Appleby Magna
Asfordby
Ashby Folville ( - 1936 )
Ashby de la Zouch
Aston Flamville
Aylestone
Barkby
Barkestone ( - 1936 )
Barrow upon Soar
Barwell
Beeby
Belgrave
Billesdon
Blaston
Branston
Bringhurst
Brooksby ( - 1936 )
Burrough on the Hill
Burton Overy
Cadeby
Carlton Curlieu
Church Langton ( - 1866 )
Claybrooke
Cold Overton
Congerstone
Cossington
Coston ( - 1936 )
Cranoe
Croft
Croxton Keyrial
Desford
Dishley cum Thorpacre ( - 1935 )
Eastwell ( - 1936 )
Eaton
Edmondthorpe
Elmesthorpe
Evington
Fleckney
Foxton
Garthorpe
Gaulby
Glenfield
Glooston
Goadby Marwood ( - 1936 )
Great Bowden
Great Dalby
Great Glen
Gumley
Hallaton
Harby ( - 1936 )
Harston ( - 1936 )
Hoby ( - 1936 )
Horninghold
Hose ( - 1936 )
Houghton on the Hill
Hungarton
Husbands Bosworth
Ibstock ( 1897 - )
Kibworth Beauchamp
Kings Norton
Kirby Bellars
Knaptoft
Knipton ( - 1936 )
Knossington
Laughton
Leicester St. Leonard
Leicester St. Margaret
Leicester St. Mary
Little Bowden ( 1888 - )
Little Dalby ( - 1936 )
Loddington
Long Clawson ( - 1936 )
Lowesby
Lubenham
Medbourne
Melton Mowbray
Muston ( - 1936 )
Nether Broughton ( - 1936 )
Noseley
Old Dalby ( - 1936 )
Owston and Newbold
Pickwell with Leesthorpe
Plungar ( - 1936 )
Queniborough
Ragdale ( - 1936 )
Ratcliffe on the Wreake
Rearsby
Redmile
Rotherby ( - 1936 )
Rothley
Saddington
Saltby
Saxby
Saxelby ( - 1936 )
Scalford
Scraptoft
Seagrave
Seal
Shangton
Shoby ( - 1936 )
Sileby
Skeffington
Slawston
Somerby
South Croxton
Stapleford ( - 1936 )
Stathern
Stockerston
Stonesby
Stonton Wyville
Theddingworth
Thorpe Arnold
Thrussington
Thurnby
Tilton
Tugby
Twyford ( - 1936 )
Waltham on the Wolds
Welham
Whitwick ( 1897 - )
Wigston Magna
Wistow
Withcote
Wymondham
Parochial area
Holy Oakes ( - 1885 )
Registration district
Ashby de la Zouch Registration District ( 1837 - 1949 )
Barrow upon Soar Registration District
Billesdon Registration District ( 1837 - 1949 )
Blaby Registration District ( 1837 - 1949 )
Coalville Registration District ( 1949 - 1999 )
Hinckley Registration District ( 1837 - 1999 )
Leicester Registration District (1837-1974) ( 1837 - 1974 )
Leicester Registration District (1997- ) ( 1997 - )
Leicestershire Central Registration District ( 1949 - 1997 )
Leicestershire Registration District ( 2000 - )
Loughborough Registration District ( 1837 - 1999 )
Lutterworth Registration District ( 1837 - 1974 )
Market Bosworth Registration District ( 1837 - 1974 )
Market Harborough Registration District ( 1837 - 1999 )
Melton Mowbray Registration District (1837-1995) ( 1837 - 1995 )
Melton Mowbray Registration District (1997 - 1999) ( 1997 - 1999 )
Melton and Rutland Registration District ( 1995 - 1997 )
Rural district
Ashby de la Zouch Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Barrow upon Soar Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Belvoir Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Billesdon Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Blaby Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Castle Donington Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Hallaton Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Hinckley Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Loughborough Rural ( 1894 - 1936 )
Lutterworth Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Market Bosworth Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Market Harborough Rural ( 1894 - 1974 )
Melton Mowbray Rural ( 1894 - 1935 )
Melton and Belvoir Rural ( 1935 - 1974 )
Suburb
New Parks
Stoke Golding
Township
Aylestone
Barrow upon Soar
Barton in the Beans
Belgrave
Burton Lazars ( - 1936 )
Burton on the Wolds
Cold Newton
Cotes
Drayton
East Langton
Freeby
Frisby (near Billesdon)
Goadby
Halstead
Ilston on the Hill
Kibworth Harcourt
Knaptoft
Leicester St. Margaret
Marefield
Market Harborough
Mowsley
Rolleston
Rothley
Seal
Smeeton Westerby
Stretton Magna
Sysonby ( - 1935 )
Theddingworth
Thorpe Langton
Thorpe Satchville ( - 1936 )
Thringstone
Tugby
Tur Langton
Welby ( - 1936 )
West Langton
Wistow
Unitary authority
Leicester District ( 1974 - )
Unknown
Bittesby
Borrough Hill
Breedon
Copt Oaks
Foston
Garendon
Glenfield Frith
Gopsall
Great Ashby
Great Sheepy
Griffydam
Hambleton
Humberstone
Kings Pyon
Kirby Frith
Knight Thorpe
Knighton
Knoll and Bassett House
Leicester Abbey
Lubbesthorpe
Nailstone
Oaks
Primethorpe
St. Giles
Staunton-Harrold
Thornton
Upton
Westrill and Starmore
Woodville
Wykin
Urban district
Ashby Woulds
Hinckley
Ibstock ( 1897 - )
Market Harborough
Melton Mowbray
Oadby
Quorndon
Wigston Magna
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Leicestershire (pronounced "lestersher"; abbreviation "Leics.") is a landlocked county in the midlands of England. The county borders Nottinghamshire to the north, Lincolnshire to the northeast, Rutland to the east, Northamptonshire to the southeast, Warwickshire to the southwest, Staffordshire to the west, and Derbyshire to the northwest. The border with Warwickshire is the A5 road which is based on the Roman road, Watling Street.

Leicestershire takes its name from the City of Leicester which since 1974 is a unitary authority located at its centre and administered separately from the rest of the county. The ceremonial county (non-metropolitan county plus the city of Leicester) has a total population of just over 1 million (2016 estimate), more than half of which (c. 50%–65%) lives in Leicester's built-up area.

History

Leicestershire was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as four wapentakes. The wapentakes later became hundreds named Guthlaxton, Framland, Gartree and Goscote. The last of these was divided again into West Goscote and East Goscote. Sparkenhoe Hundred was added in the southwest corner of the county in 1346 taking its land from the former area of Guthlaxton and West Goscote.

Leicestershire's external boundaries have changed little since the Domesday Survey. The Measham-Donisthorpe exclave of Derbyshire has been exchanged for the Netherseal area, and the urban expansion of Market Harborough on the county's southern border has caused Little Bowden, previously in Northamptonshire to be annexed in 1927.

In 1974, the Local Government Act 1972 abolished the county borough status of Leicester city and the county status of neighbouring Rutland, converting both to administrative districts of Leicestershire. These actions were reversed on 1 April 1997, when Rutland and the City of Leicester became unitary authorities. Rutland returned to being a distinct Ceremonial County, although it continues to be policed by Leicestershire Constabulary.


Research Tips

Leicestershire Archives and Libraries

For a list of organizations offering genealogical archives in Leicestershire, see this page in GENUKI. Mention is also made of a book or pamphlet by J Farrell, Family Forbears. A guide to tracing your family tree in the Leicestershire Record Office. published in 1987 by the Leicestershire Museums, Art Galleries and Records Service.

GENUKI

The main GENUKI page for Leicestershire lists a number of topics for research. The East Midlands Oral History Archive site has over 550 recordings. Another part of the site is An on-line guide to the history of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire and Rutland Family History Society

Leicestershire and Rutland Family History Society Founded in Leicester, England, during 1974 by 12 enthusiastic family history historians, the society, which is run by volunteers, has grown to around 2,000 members, who live in the United Kingdom and in different countries across the world. The society has embraced the latest technology and has, within its own library, access to online family history websites such as Ancestry and Find My Past. The society also has its own Facebook page. Address: Unit 4B, Pilot House, King Street, Leicester LE1 6RN, email address and phone number on website

Online Databases

As of 20 Jan 2017 FindMyPast includes
Leicestershire Parish Records: baptism, banns, marriage & burial records covering 50 parishes back to the 16th century, over 1.8 million records;
Leicestershire Parish Records Browse: over 3,000 volumes;
Leicestershire Marriage Licences: 22,000 records between 1604 and 1891;
Leicestershire Marriage Licences Browse: over 75 volumes 1604-1891;
Leicestershire Wills and Probate Records: over 173,000 records, 1490-1941;
Leicestershire Wills and Probate Records Browse: over 971 volumes, 1490-1941;
Leicestershire Electoral Registers Browse: 3,862 volumes with thousands of names, 1836-1974;

While Ancestry offers (list checked July 2018)
UK, Midlands and Various UK Trade Directories, 1770-1941
Leicestershire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records
Leicestershire marriage licences
Calendars of wills and administrations relating to the county of Leicester, proved in the Archdeaconry Court of Leicester
Index to the wills and administrations proved and granted in the Archdeaconry Court of Leicester, 1660-1750
Leicester and Rutland History, Gazetteer, and Directory, 1863
Leicester, England History, 1876
Leicester - Glimpses of Ancient Leicester

FamilySearch also has an extensive database online. It is free, but may not always provide the original images provided by the services one pays for.

A Vision of Britain through Time

A Vision of Britain through Time describes parishes and former parishes from a gazetteer of 1871; provides an outline of the historic administration links for parishes. The OS map of 1900 and OS map of 1935 both show parish boundaries and settlements within parishes.

Wikipedia

Wikipedia has pages on most places in Leicestershire from small parishes up to the large towns. Its emphasis is on the present more than the past, but most articles include morsels from history as well as geographical co-ordinates and present-day population statistics at the local level.

Victoria County History of Leicestershire

British History Online provides three volumes of the Victoria County History of Leicestershire online. This is a much smaller offering than for some other counties. Only the City of Leicester and Gartree Hundred are covered. The geographical divisions used are the old hundreds. The contents of its volumes are outlined below:
A History of the County of Leicester: Volume 4, the City of Leicester. Thematic and topographical accounts of the city of Leicester, as well as histories of parishes added to the city since 1892. Edited by R A McKinley, published 1958
A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 5, Gartree Hundred. Covers the thirty-eight parishes of Gartree hundred and also the town of Market Harborough. Edited by J M Lee and R A McKinley, published 1964
The third volume, Volume 2 in the series, is a part-volume, detailing the history of the religious houses of the county. This can be useful for parishes that were based on pre-reformation monasteries.


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