Description in 1871:
"BRUNTINGTHORPE, or Brantingthorpe, a parish in Lutterworth district, Leicester; 4 miles ESE of Broughton-Astley r. station, and 5½ NE by N of Lutterworth. It has a post office under Lutterworth. Acres, 1,320. Real property, £2,688. Pop., 413. Houses, 94. The property is subdivided. The living is a rec. in the diocese. of Peterborough. Value, £380. Patron, J. Bridges, Esq. The church is old. There is a Baptist chapel."
1870-72, John Marius Wilson's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales"



  • Tim GLOVER also has a photograph of St Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2005, which shows the church graveyard.


  • The parish was in the Lutterworth sub-district of the Lutterworth 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.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2244
1871 R.G. 10 / 3221
1891 R.G. 12 / 2489

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church dates from before the 16th century.
  • The church was entirely rebuilt of Ashtar stone in 1873.
  • The church seats 200.
  • Ian ROB has a photograph of St Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1580.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Guthlaxton (third portion).
  • A small Baptist chapel was built here before 1871.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Lutterworth sub-district of the Lutterworth Registration District.

Description & Travel

Bruntingthorpe is a village and civil parish in the Harborough district of Leicestershire, England. The parish lies at the foot of a range of hills about 10 miles south of Leicester city and 5 miles northeast of Lutterworth. The parish covers 1,266 acres, including the hamlet of Upper Bruntingthorpe.

Most of Bruntingthorpe village is within a Conservation Area defined at the Harborough District Council.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A50 trunk road south out of Leicester and turn west at Shearsby.
  • Peter MacKENZIE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2018.
You can see pictures of Bruntingthorpe which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



Wikipedia tells us that "Bruntingthorpe is in the Domesday book where it is listed amongst the lands held by Hugh de Grandmesnil for the King."



Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the gateway and Manor House on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2013



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP600897 (Lat/Lon: 52.501909, -1.117535), Bruntingthorpe which are provided by:


Military History

  • RAF Bruntingthorpe station was opened south of the village in 1942 as home of 29 Operational Training Unit operating the Vickers Wellington.
  • Bruntingthorpe was not used between 1946 and 1957 when it transferred to the United States Air Force as a satellite of RAF Alconbury.
  • A new longer runway was built in 1959 when the 100th Bomb Wing of Strategic Air Command moved in operating the Boeing B-47 Stratojet. From August 1959 the 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing's 19th TRS was based at the station operating the Douglas RB-66B.
  • RAF Bruntingthorpe was closed when the USAF left in 1962.
  • The airfield is now known as Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome and Proving Ground, and is the home of the airworthy Avro Vulcan XH558. It is also home to the Lightning Preservation Group whose pair of Lightning F6s can be seen carrying out fast taxi and takeoff runs on open days.
  • There is an active Bruntingthrope Air Museaum website.
  • Linda MELLOR has a photograph of Bruntingthorpe airfield on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2004.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the southern perimeter of Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome on Geo-graph, taken in June, 20084.

Military Records

There is one Commonwealth War Grave in Saint May's churchyard for:

Name Rank Unit Died Family info.
Philip HUNT Aircraftman 1st class 290 Sqdn, RAF Volunteer Res. 17 Mar. 1944 Age 21, son of John and Mary Elizabeth Ann HUNT of Peatling Parva

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicestershire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish is in the ancient Guthlaxton Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the Bruntingthorpe Parish Council regarding civic and political matters, but they can NOT assist you with family History searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Harborough Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

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


 Year Inhabitants
1801 259
1811 332
1821 348
1831 382
1841 423
1851 392
1901 233
1911 227
1971 329


  • The Public Elementary School was built around 1870 for 45 children.