A Cemetery of 1.5 acres was opened in 1875 on Church Street and enlarged in 1901 by almost 4 acres.



  • The parish was in the Hartshorn sub-district of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2084
1861 R.G. 9 / 2268
1871 R.G. 10 / 3244
1891 R.G. 12 / 250

Church History

  • The Anglican church was built in 1838 for the joint township and also for a part of Ashby Wolds in Leicestershire.
  • An ecclesiastical parish was formed for the church from the parishes above.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Evangelist.
  • The church is now used only occasionally.
  • The church hall has fallen into disuse in recent decades and, at last report, was condemned.
  • The church seats 500.
  • Philip JEFFREY has a photograph of St John's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2014.
  • "Bikeboy" also has a photograph of St John the Evangelist on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1838.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Repton.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Hartshorn sub-district of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.

Description & Travel

"DONISTHORPE and OAKTHORPE, are two hamlets adjacent to each other, about four miles from Ashby-de-la-Zouch; they are both partly in the parish of Church-Gresley, Donisthorpe extending into that of Nether Seal, county of Leicester; and Oakthorpe stretching into Measham parish, and also into that of Stretten-en-le-Fields. They contained together, in 1831, 757 inhabitants."A Cemetery of 1.5 acres was opened in 1875 on Church Street and enlarged in 1901 by almost 4 acres.
  • Burial Records can be accessed by contacting the Parish Clerk (just specific burials, no "blanket" searches").
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Historical Geography

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK292133 (Lat/Lon: 52.716574, -1.569171), Donisthorpe which are provided by:


Military History

  • Cris SLOAN has a photograph of Seals Road on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007. This road was bombed by a lone German plane during World War 2.
  • Donisthorpe and Oakthorpe share a War Memorial outside the Donisthorpe Cemetery.
  • Cris SLOAN has a photograph of the World War 2 remembrance gates at the entrance to the civic cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2007.

Military Records

Donisthorpe Cemetery has these Commonwealth War Graves of the following:

World War I:

  1. G. CHAWNER, priv., 7th Btn. Leics Regt., died 31 July 1916.
  2. Arnold Penford LOCK, priv., 2nd/5th Btn. Leics Regt., age 23, died 22 Jan 1918. Son of Kate LOCK and the late Arthur LOCK.
  3. Wilfred REDFERN, rifleman, 18th Btn. KRRC, age 19, died 24 Sept. 1916. Son of George and Mary Ann REDFERN.
  4. George Arthur WILLDAY, priv., Liecs. Regt., age 27, died 26 Feb. 1917. Husband of Mrs. Elsie Faith WILLDAY.

World War II:

  1. Gerald GREENWOOD, srgt., 22 Sqdn. RAF, age 23, died 15 Apr. 1940. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. GREENWOOD, of Moira.
  2. Walter Alexander JARVIS, able seaman, Royal Navy (HMS Victory), age 25, died 2 Oct. 1946. Husband of Kathleen Maud JARVIS, of Oakthorpe.
  3. Frank KEEN, major, RAOC, age 49, 25 Feb. 1944. Son of Thomas Benyon Keen and Mary KEEN.
  4. Frank WATERS, priv., Glouc. Regt., age 25, died 5 Nov. 1943. Son of Frank and Eliza WATERS.
  5. Joseph WRIGHT, lance cpl., 226 General Transport co., RASC, age 28, died 29 Jan. 1946. Son of Joseph and Mary Ann WRIGHT.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Township in Derby county and it became a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866. That Civil Parish was "Oakthorpe and Donisthorpe CP".
  • In 1897, this Civil Parish was deemed a part of Leicestershire.
  • You may contact the Joint Oakthorpe, Donisthorpe & Acresford Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT staffed to help you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the North West Leicestershire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law



Year Inhabitants
1831 757
1861 392
1881 2,600