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  • St Peter, 23 Church Street., Church of England


  • 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


  • St Peter, 23 Church Street., Church of England

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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

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"NETHER and OVER SEAL form a parish, containing two hamlets so respectively named, in the western division of the hundred of Goscote, county of Leicester, which part is nearly surrounded by Derbyshire; about five miles and a half S.W. from Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The parish is in the honour of Tutbury, duchy of Lancaster, and within the jurisdiction of a court of pleas, held at Tutbury, every third Tuesday for the recovery of debts under 40s. The parish church is dedicated to St. Peter: the living is a rectory, in the patronage & incumbency of the Rev. W. N. Gresley. The parish contained, in 1831, 1,222 inhabitants."

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

There is an area north of the village known as "Linton Heath". Sue ADAIR has a photograph of the "Linton Heath Village Sign" on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2005.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Seal 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 SK286130 (Lat/Lon: 52.713883, -1.578080), Seal which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Township in Leicester county and it became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.

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

  • District governance is provided by the South Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Swadlincote petty session hearings.

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Poorlaw Union.


    Year  Inhabitants
1831 1,222
1891 1,513