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  • The parish was in the Hartshorn sub-district of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.

  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2268
1871 R.G. 10 / 3244
1891 R.G. 12 / 2509

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John and is located in Donisthorpe.

  • The church was built in 1838.

  • The church seats 500.

  • Philip JEFFREY has a photograph of St John's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2014.

Church Records

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Repton.

  • Brett PAYNE has some South Derbyshire Genealogical Pages, including some parish registers, which should help you.

  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here by 1857.

  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel here by 1857, also.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Hartshorn sub-district of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Oakthorpe which are provided by:
"DONISTHORPE and OAKTHORPE, are two hamlets adjacent to each other, about four miles from Ashby-de-la-Zouch; they are both partly in the parish of Church-Gresley, Donisthorpe extending into that of Nether Seal, county of Leicester; and Oakthorpe stretching into Measham parish, and also into that of Stretten-en-le-Fields. They contained together, in 1831, 757 inhabitants."

[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]

Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of Measham Road in Oakthorpe on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2008.



Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Oakthorpe has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK321130 (Lat/Lon: 52.713688, -1.526272), Oakthorpe which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient township and Chapelry in Derbyshire and became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.

  • This parish was partially in the ancient Repton and Gresley Hundred (or Wapentake).

  • This parish was also partially in the ancient West Goscote Hundred (or Wapentake).

  • This Civil Parish was enlarged in March, 1884, amalgamating parts of Measham, Seal and Stretton en le Field Civil Parishes.

  • In 1897, this Civil Parish was deemed a part of Leicestershire.

  • In April, 1936, this Civil Parish gained 2 acres from the Abolishment of Willesley Civil Parish.

  • You may contact the Joint Oakthorpe, Donisthorpe & Acresford Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT staffed to help you with family history searches.

  • District governance is provided by the North West Leicestershire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.


    Year  Inhabitants
1831 757
1871 1,313
1901 2,048