Description in 1887:
"Billesdon, par. and township, in S. of co. and 8½ miles SE. of Leicester -- par., 4430 ac., pop. 1010; township, pop. 839; P.O., T.O. Market-day, Friday. Earthenware and hosiery mfrs. are carried on." John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles," 1887
Billesdon is both a village, a township and a parish in a nice valley just east of Leicester city. The parish is 9 miles east of Leicester city on the Uppingham Road and 10 miles north of Market Harborough. The parish covers about 2,160 acres and was primarily pastureland for centuries.
If you are planning a visit:
There are three springs which rise in the parish. They are known as the Billesdon Brooks.
By automobile, take the A47 east out of Leicester or west out of Uppingham. The road passes along the north edge of the village.
David THOMPSON has a photograph of the Village sign in the heart of the village, on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2017.
You can see pictures of Billesdon which are provided by:
Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008. The column in the foreground is the War Memorial. This stands at the beginning of West Lane where it intersects Long Lane. The column, erected in 1918, is a Grade II listed structure with British Heritage.
This War Memorial cross was damaged by being struck by a tank and an articulated tanker, the latter in 1966.
Sam TAIT has a photograph of the Cold war ROC post on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2007. This is south of the village on Gaulby Road.
David THOMPSON also has a photograph of the Cold war ROC site on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2015.
Inside the parish church there is a wooden plaque with gold lettering listing all those who served in World War One (a Roll of Honour).
Inside the parish church there is also a wooden plaque to George CHRISTIAN, chaplain and house-master at Uppingham School and to his son, George Jarred WILKINSON who died age 30 on Jan. 7th, 1916, while serving in the 16th Btln., Middlesex Regt. as sergeant in the Battle of the Somme.
In the village shop you may purchase a copy of "Billesdon in the Great War," promoted by the Parish Council. Price was about Five Pounds.