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"AYLESTONE, on the east side of the river Soar and Union Canal , 2 1/2 miles S. by W. of Leicester, is a pleasant village and township, containing 450 inhabitants, living in 95 houses, and 1,723A. 2R. 36P. of fertile land. Aylestone parish includes also Glen Parva and Lubbesthorpe, the latter of which is in Sparkenhoe Hundred, but the other in Guthlaxton Hundred; the whole of the parish is in Blaby Union and Leicester County Court District."
[WHITE's "History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland." 3rd Edition 1877]



  • The parish was in the Wigston sub-district of the Blaby 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.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2256 &2258
1871 R.G. 10 / 3230
1891 R.G. 12 / 2496


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Aylestone area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Andrew.
  • The date of origin of the church is uncertain, but was earlier than 1594.
  • The churchyard was consecrated around 1858, when the land was granted by the Duke of Rutland.
  • Tammy WINAND has a photograph of St. Andrew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2006.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of several Church windows on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2013.
  • There was a church (a Chapel of Ease) in Aylestone Park erected after 1881, but that was demolished in 1988.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1561.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Guthlaxton (first portion).
  • The Society of Genealogists holds copies of marriage records from 1561 - 1837 which can be viewed at their library in London.
  • The Baptist chapel was built here in 1872.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Wigston sub-district of the Blaby Registration District.

Description and Travel

Aylestone is a suburb in the conurbation now known as Leicester city. It used to be a separate village and parish about 2 miles south of Leicester and 101 miles north of London. The parish covered 1,788 acres in 1881.

Aylestone Park is a hamlet that lies between Aylestone and the city of Leicester. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A426 motorway south-east out of Leicester or north out of Blaby.
You can see pictures of Aylestone which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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


  • The village feast was held on the Sunday after St. Andrew's Day (30th November).


  • Aylestone Hall is an ancient building, formerly the seat of the PEVERIL family, the VERNONs and the RUTLAND families.
  • The Hall was restored about 1850 and in 1881 was the residence of the Misses STONE.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK573008 (Lat/Lon: 52.601946, -1.155387), Aylestone which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • In 1881, this parish contained the three townships of Glen Parva, Aylestone and Lubbesthorpe.
  • Most of the parish was in the ancient Guthlaxton Hundred in the southern division of the county. The township of Lubbesthorpe was in the Sparkenhoe Hundred.
  • In March, 1885, part of this parish was used to enlarge Glen Parva Civil Parish.
  • In March, 1885, another part of this parish was used to enlarge Lubbesthorpe Civil Parish.
  • In March, 1892, a third part of this parish was used to enlarge Lubbesthorpe Civil Parish under the Leicester Extension Act of 1891.
  • In March, 1896, this parish was abolished and merged into Leicester Civil Parish.
  • Aylestone is now part of the Leicester Urban Area.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Leicester petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Blaby Poorlaw Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 649
1841 757
1851 668
1881 2,546


  • The Public Elementary School (National School) was built about 1845.