Place:Dishley cum Thorpacre, Leicestershire, England

NameDishley cum Thorpacre
Alt namesDishley-cum-Thorpacresource: hyphenated
Thorpe Acre and Dishleysource: A Vision of Britain through Time
Thorpacresource: Family History Library Catalog
Dishleysource: hamlet abandoned in the late 19th century
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.779°N 1.238°W
Located inLeicestershire, England     ( - 1935)
See alsoWest Goscote Hundred, Leicestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was included
Loughborough Rural, Leicestershire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1935
Loughborough, Leicestershire, Englandparish into which it was absorbed in 1935
Charnwood 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 Dishley cum Thorpacre from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"DISHLEY-CUM-THORPACRE, a parish in Loughborough [registration] district, Leicester; adjacent to the river Soar and the Midland railway, 1½ mile NW of Loughborough. Post town, Loughborough. Acres: 890. Real property: £1,742. Population: 194. Houses: 54. Bakewell, the distinguished agricultural improver, lived and laboured here; and has bequeathed to the place marked benefits of his skill. The living is a [perpetual] curacy in the diocese of Peterborough. Value: £150. Patron: the Bishop of Peterborough. The church was built in 1845. A school has £11 from endowment, and other charities £11."

Thorpe Acre

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

Thorpe Acre is an area of Loughborough, Leicestershire. Until the mid-twentieth century, it was a hamlet of about twenty houses or cottages, several of which survive. There is also a nineteenth-century church and an old hostelry, The Plough Inn.

Following the Second World War, Loughborough needed more housing and part of Thorpe Acre was developed, largely for employees of Brush Engineering Works, during the 1950s. A further estate, which has completely subsumed the old village, was built in the 1960s and early 70s.

All Saints Church, Thorpe Acre with Dishley, was built in 1845 and extended in 1968. Dishley Church is now a ruin on the Derby Road, Loughborough. Robert Bakewell (1726–1795), the agriculturalist, is buried there.

The civil parish was established in 1866 and in 1936 it was abolished and absorbed into Loughborough. Since 1974 it has been part of the Charnwood District.

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