Description in 1877:
"Anstey, a village and township in Thurcaston parish, picturesquely situated in the vale of a rivulet, 4 miles N. W. of Leicester, contained in 1861, 734 inhabitants, but in 1871, owing to the development of the shoe trade and stocking-frame knitting and to the demand for labour at the granite quarries, they had increased to 1012 persons, living on 711 acres of land. many of the inhabitants are employed in the manufacture of boots and shoes, and many persons from Leicester and other places reside here during the summer months. A brown paper mill was established here in 1873." [White's "History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland." 3rd Edition 1877]
Anstey was in the Rothley sub-district of the Barrow-on-Soar registration district.
The 1851 census for Leicestershire has been indexed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society. The whole index is available on microfiche. The society has also published it in print and Volume 13 covers the Barrow on Soar District of which Anstey was a part.
The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Anstey is a village, a township and a parish in Leicestershire. The parish is now a suburb on the northwest side of Leicester city. The parish is only 4 miles from Leicester city centre and covers 795 acres.
If you are planning a visit:
The village can be approached by several main roads on the northwest side of Leicester city.
The Anstey brook flows through the parish to eventually join the River Soar.
You can see pictures of Anstey which are provided by:
Anstey was an ancient Chapelry in Thurcaston parish in county Leicester.
Anstey became a separate modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
In 1884 a part of Bradgate Park was transferred to this parish.
The parish was in the ancient West Goscote Hundred in the mid division of the county.
In April, 1935, a number of "adjustments" were made throughout Leicestershire to various Civil Parish boundaries in order to ensure a more equal voting status and to recognize populatiuon growth and decline. This resulted in the following:
In April, 1935, Anstey Pastures Civil Parish was abolished and 75 acres were amalgamated with this Civil Parish.
In April, 1935, Beaumont Leys Civil Parish was abolished and 6 acres were amalgamated with this Civil Parish.
In April, 1935, Glenfields Civil Parish was created and 12 acres of this Civil Parish were transferred to the new one.
In April, 1935, 127 acres of this Civil Parish were transferred to Leicester Civil Parish.
And 18 years later:
In April, 1953, 112 acres were transferred to Newtown Linford Civil Parish in return for 142 acres gained from that parish.
You may contact the local Anstey Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist you with family history searches.