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Description in 1871:
"SEAGRAVE, a parish, with a village, in Barrow-upon-Soar district, Leicester; 2 miles N N E of Sileby r.station, and 6 S E by E of Loughborough. It has a post-office under Loughborough. Acres, 2,470. Real property, £3,422. Pop., 443. Houses, 96. The property is subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £404. Patron, Queen's College, Cambridge. The church was restored in 1858. There are a Primitive Methodist chapel and some charities. Burton, the author of the "Anatomy of Melancholy," was rector."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]


  • A small cemetery of half an acre was consecrated here in 1889 and was managed by a Burial Board in the Parish Council.


  • The parish was in the Barrow upon Soar sub-district of the Barrow upon Soar 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 13 covers the Barrow on Soar sub-district.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2279
1871 R.G. 10 / 3262
1891 R.G. 12 / 2519


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Seagrave 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 All Saints.
  • The church was built before 1595.
  • The church was restored in 1858.
  • The church was restored in 1891 and partially rebuilt.
  • The church was provided with an organ in 1905.
  • The church seats 200.
  • Graham TAYLOR has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1682, but early years are in poor condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Goscote (second portion).
  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1845.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Barrow upon Soar sub-district of the Barrow upon Soar Registration District.
  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

Seagrave is a town and a parish about 6 miles east of Loughborough, 9 miles north of Leicester city and 112 miles north of London. The village sits east of the River Soar next to a rivulet (The Berry Brook) that empties into that river. The ancient Roman Fosseway (now the A46) skirts the parish on the east side. The parish covers about 2,515 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A46 north out of Leicester. Just past the Ratcliffe on Wreake round-about, there is a turn off for the Seagrave-Thrussington road. Take that road to the left (west) to get to Seagrave.
  • Leicestershire Villages have a village website with a photo of the main street down to the church.
  • Stop in at the White Horse Inn for refreshments or lodging.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the village sign on Geo-graph, taken in 2011.
You can see pictures of Seagrave which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Seagrave to another place.


  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the White Horse Inn on Geo-graph, taken in 2008.
  • The Inn was the "Old White Horse" in 1881 and the proprietor was William HUDSON.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK619176 (Lat/Lon: 52.752453, -1.084323), Seagrave which are provided by:

Military History

  • The parish has a War Memorial for World War I which was raised in 1921 on Green Lane. Alan MURRYA-RUST has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in 2011.

Names, Geographical

  • This place is in the Domesday book where it is listed amongst the lands given to Henry de Ferrers [1] by the King. The land consisted of work for 1 plough and four acres of meadow.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicestershire and became a Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient East Goscote Hundred in the eastern division of the county.
  • You can find The Seagrave Parish Council information online, but they will NOT assist with family history questions or lookups. This site will have about a year's worth of the Seagrave Parish Magazine you can download.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Barrow-upon-Soar Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be herad in the Loughborough petty sessional hearings.
  • John HICKLIN (undated) left a charity of 10 shillings for poor widows.


Year Inhabitants
1841 451
1871 412
1881 360
1891 325
1901 311
1911 396
1921 386
1931 351
1951 329


  • A small National School was built in 1820.
  • A School Board of 5 members was formed in 1875.
  • A Public Elementary School was built in 1877 to hold 64 children.
  • Seagrave Primary School has a school website, but no history or old school records.