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Nether Broughton

Description in 1877:
"NETHER BROUGHTON parish is in Framland Hundred, Melton Mowbray Union and County Court District, and in 1871 contained 405 persons, living in 91 houses, on 2110 acres of land, which is a fertile clay, and well adapted for pasturage. Nether Broughton village, on the Nottingham and Melton Mowbray road, 6 miles North North West of the latter town, is picturesquely situated, and nearly surrounded by the hills which form the Vale of Belvoir. Philip Pleydell Bouverie, Esq., is owner of a great part of the soil, and the rest chiefly belongs to David New, Esq., the trustees of George Urrey, Esq., and Thomas Black, Esq."
[WHITE's "History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland. 3rd Edition," 1877]


  • The parish was in the Clawson sub-district of the Melton Mowbray Registration District until 1935.
  • In 1935, the parish was transfered to the Melton and Belvoir 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 25 covers the Clawson Sub-District which includes Nether Broughton.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 587
1861 R.G. 9 / 2302
1871 R.G. 10 / 3296
1891 R.G. 12 / 2545


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Nether Broughton area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary (Possibley formally "St. Mary the Virgin").
  • The date of construction is uncertain, but believed to be 14th century.  The style is Gothic.
  • The church was restored in 1848.
  • The church windows were renovated in 1881.
  • The church tower was restored in 1882.
  • The churchyard was enlarged in 1887.
  • The church seats 240.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2012.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of west end of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1559.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Framland (third portion).
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has photographs and transcriptions of Gravestones on Geo-graph, SImply enter "SK6926" in the search box.
  • The Society of Genealogists holds copies of records from Nether Broughton Parish Church including copies of marriages from 1577 - 1837.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here prior in 1829. The Wesleyans rebuilt their chapel in 1884 and enlarged it in 1889.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the former Wesleyan chapel, now used as the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015. Stop in and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.
  • The Primitive Methodists had built their chapel in 1840 and enlarged it in 1889.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Clawson sub-district of the Melton Mowbray Registration District until 1935.
  • In 1935, the parish was transferred to the Melton and Belvoir Registration District.

Description and Travel

Nether Broughton is a village and a parish 6 miles north-west of Melton Mowbray and 120 miles north of London. The parish border Nottinghamshire to the north-west, Long Clawson parish to the east and Old Dalby parish to the west. It covers about 2,200 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A606 arterial road north-west out of Melton Mowbray or south-east out of Nottingham. Nether Broughton is about 5 miles outside Melton Mowbray.
  • Upper Broughton parish sits just across the border in Nottinghamshire.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.
  • Visitors may wish to relax at the Anchor Inn which is set within the village.
  • Or you can choose the Red House which is at the south end of the village. The venue is close to excellent golf clubs.

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Historical Geography

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



  • Much of the parish land was used for grazing.
  • Stilton cheese was made here.
  • Iron ore was found in the neighbourhood. Four blast furnaces were built here by the Holwell Iron Company.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the former Red Lion Inn on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.


  • In 1849, John Dick BURNABY had his family seat here in Nether Broughton Hall.

Military History

The War Memorial in the churchyard commemorates the six residents of Nether Broughton who were killed or missing in the First World War.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish of the county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Framland Hundred in the northern division of the county.
  • In 1871, the parish covered 2,100 acres.
  • In April, 1936, this parish was abolished and all 2,301 acres were amalgamated into the new Broughton and Old Dalby Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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


 Year Inhabitants
1841 412
1861 519
1871 405
1881 454
1891 400
1901 369
1911 380
1921 373
1931 345


  • A National School (later a Public Elementary School) was built in 1845 and enlarged in 1847 to hold 100 children.
  • Broughton Sulney (Upper Broughton) was united with this parish for school purposes in 1874.
  • A School was built in 1874 to serve both parishes and the old school was used for a Sunday School and for parish meetings.