Place:Oakthorpe, Leicestershire, England

Alt namesAchetorpsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 162
Coordinates52.717°N 1.517°W
Located inLeicestershire, England
Also located inDerbyshire, England     ( - 1897)
See alsoWest Goscote Hundred, Leicestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was included
Oakthorpe and Donisthorpe, Leicestershire, Englandcivil parish into which it merged in 1866
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source: Family History Library Catalog

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Oakthorpe is a village in the English county of Leicestershire.

In 1086, Oakthorpe was part of Derbyshire and was amongst several manors given to Nigel of Stafford by William the Conqueror. Until 1897 Oakthorpe, and its neighbours Measham and Donisthorpe, continued to form part of an extensive exclave of Derbyshire.

Since 1974 Oakthorpe lies within the Oakthorpe, Donisthorpe and Acresford civil parish, which is part of the District of North West Leicestershire. From 1866 until 1974 the civil parish was named Oakthorpe and Donisthorpe

In the past Oakthorpe's main economic activity was coalmining as there were numerous deep active mines in the area. However since the closing down of the mines in the 1990s Oakthorpe has simply become a residential village.

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

"OAKTHORPE, a hamlet in Stretton-en-le-Field, Church-Gresley, and Measham parishes, Derbyshire; on the Ashby-de-la-Zouch canal, adjacent to Leicestershire, 3½ miles S W of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Acres: 715. Real property, with Donisthorpe: £2,323. Population of Oakthorpe alone: 654. Houses: 141. The manor belongs to the Marquis of Hastings. A colliery is worked by the Moira company. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists, and a national school."

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