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Bottesford

Description in 1877:
"Bottesford, a large and well-built village and parish in Framland Hundred, Grantham Union and County Court District, in 1871 had 1315 inhabitants, living in 300 houses, on 5010 acres of land. The rateable value of the parish is £9285. It is situated on the banks of the small river Devon in the Vale of Belvoir, and lies in the north-eastern apex of the county 4 miles N of Belvoir Castle, W. by N. of Grantham and 16 E of Nottingham, having a station on the Grantham and Nottingham Railway.....The manor anciently called Bottles ford or Bocklesford, has been held by the owner of Belvoir since the time of the Norman Conquest. The church,(St. Mary's) is a large and handsome cruciform structure of fourteenth and fifteenth century work, with alterations made after the Reformation, and consists of a nave, spacious chancel, having aclerestory windows, two aisles, south porch, and north and south transept, with a square tower at the west end, and surmounted by a handsome octagonal crocketed spire, rising to the height of 222 feet, of which the tower measures 87 feet. The tower contains a fine peal of six bells, re-hung in 1869."
[White's History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland. 3rd Edition 1877]

Note: There is a Bottesford parish in Lincolnshire, often confused with this one.

Bibliography

  • Holyoak, V (1995), "On the Wings of the Morning: RAF Bottesford 1941-1945", Vincent Holyoak, Leicester.
  • Honeybone, M (1989), "The Book of Bottesford", Barracuda Books, Buckingham, England

Cemeteries

Census

  • The parish was in the Denton 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. Volume 7 includes Bottesford.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 587
1871 R.G. 10 / 3356

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Bottesford 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 was dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin.
  • The church dates back to 1170.
  • Several monuments in the church, including some removed from Belvoir Priory are dedicated to the Earls and Dukes of Rutland prior to 1828.

Church Records

Registers held at The Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland include:-(DE829/DE4411/DE5016/DE5119)

  • Baptisms 1563 - 1941
  • Banns 1871 - 1977
  • Marriages 1563 - 1912
  • Burials 1563 - 1995

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Denton sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
  • Bottesford is served by Melton and Rutland.

Description and Travel

Bottesford is both a parish and a village about 100 miles north of London and they lie in the Vale of Belvoir. The county boundary of Lincolnshire lies to the east. The town of Grantham is 5 and a half miles to the east, Melton Mobray is 17 miles to the south and Newark is 11 miles to the north. The River Devon runs through the west side of the parish. The parish covers about 1,500 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A52 westward out of Granthm toward Nottingham. The village is just north of the road after passing Sedgebrook.
You can see pictures of Bottesford which are provided by:

Emigration and Immigration

  • In the 1830s Bottesford families were encouraged to emigrate to save their being chargeable to the parish and were offered £1 plus their fare to emigrate. Village labourers had pay cuts and many local farmers agreed only to employ local men.

Historical Geography

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

History

Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK806389 (Lat/Lon: 52.941427, -0.802058), Bottesford which are provided by:

Military History

  • The RAF opened an airfield here in September, 1940.
  • The USAAF arrived in November, 1943.
  • The field was closed for military use in 1945.
  • The "Roseland Group" now owns the site and has converted the former control tower into office space.
  • There is a picture of the old Control Tower on the Internet.

Military Records

Politics and Government

  • The parish was in the ancient Framland Hundred (Wapentake).
  • The civil parish was merged with Muston in 1936. The villages share a parish council.
  • You may contact the Bottesford Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT funded to help you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Melton Borough Coucil.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Belvoir petty session hearings which were held every other Monday.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1771.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Grantham Poor Law Union.

Population

Year Inhabitants
1801 804
1821 1,070
1831 1,320
1841 1,375
1871 1,315
1901 1,221
1921 1,204
1931 1,093
2001 3,436