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Belvoir

Description in 1846:
"BELVOIR CASTLE, the splendid seat of the Duke of Rutland, has been mostly rebuilt during the present century, and occupies the crown of a lofty eminence on the south side of the Vale of Belvoir and on the north-eastern verge of the county, adjoining Lincolnshire; 12 miles N.E. of Melton Mowbray; 18 miles E. by S. of Nottingham; 6 miles W.S.W of Grantham, and 28 miles N.E. of Leicester. BELVOIR is an extra-parochial desmesne, partly in the Soke of Grantham, Lincolnshire and comprising 109 inhabitants, and about 170 acres; but the pleasure grounds, woods, and plantations, extend over more than 500 acres in the adjoining parishes. Except the Inn, the houses are detached offices, belonging to the Castle, which is by far the most superb architectural ornament of which Leicestershire can boast."
[WHITE's "History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Leicestershire and the small County of Rutland," 1st Edition 1846]

Cemeteries

Census

  • The parish was in the Denton sub-district of the Grantham (Lincoln) Registration District.
  • After the Grantham Registration District was re-organized in 1891, the parish was in the Grantham North sub-district of the Grantham 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:
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 587
1871 R.G. 10 / 3356
1891 R.G. 12 / 2583

Churches

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Church History

  • This parish was extra=parochial for ecclesiastical purposes.

Church Records

  • There was no chuch in this parish.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Denton sub-district of the Grantham (Lincolnshire) Registration District.
  • After the Grantham Registration District was re-organized in 1891, the parish was in the Grantham North sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.

Description and Travel

Belvoir is both an extra-parochial desmesne and a village about 116 miles north of London and lies in the Vale of Belvoir. The town of Grantham is 6 miles to the east, Melton Mobray is 12 miles to the south-west and Newark is 12 miles to the north. The ex-parochial area covers only about 170 acres.

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Historical Geography

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Maps

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Names, Geographical

  • The name reportedly means "Beautiful Views".

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient extra-parochial area in Leicestershire.
  • It became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1858.
  • The parish was in the Framland Wapentake (Hundred) in the Melton district of Leicestershire.
  • A portion of the ex-parocial area is also within the boundaries of the Grantham Soke.
  • In April, 1936, the parish was enlarged by 1,041 acres gained when Harrington Civil Parish was abolished.
  • At that same time, the parish was enlarged by 1,221 acres gained when Knipton Civil Parish was abolished.
  • In April, 1965, the border with Lincolnshire was adjusted and some land exchanged with Woolsthorpe and Denton Civil Parishs in that county.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Belvoir petty session hearings which were held every other Monday at the Peacock Hotel.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Grantham Poor Law Union.

Population

Year Inhabitants
1801 80
1811 96
1841 109
1851 178
1861 171
1881 141
1891 144