Description in 1877:
"BUCKMINSTER, a pleasant village and township, on the eastern side of a range of the Wold adjoining Lincolnshire, 10 miles E.N.E. of Melton Mowbray, and S. W. of Grantham, in 1871 had 312 inhabitants, living in 76 houses; but Buckminster parish, which is in Framland Hundred, Melton Mowbray Union, and County Court District, also includes Sewstern township, and had a total population of 544 persons, living in 133 houses, on 3,053 acres of land. The rateable value of the township is £2,352 5s. 6d. Mr. David Lee, the Executors of the late Mr. Jno. Marshall, and the Representatives of the late Mr. Arthur Marshall have land in the village; but the manor and the greater part of the soil belongs to the Earl of Dysart, of BUCKMINSTER PARK, which is situated on the north side of the village, and contains a large and handsome Grecian mansion, built in 1798, by Sir W. Manners, Bart., who was created a baronet in 1793, and was heir-apparent to the Earl of Dysart and Lord Huntingtower, of Scotland, titles which were created the Tollemache family, in 1643."
WHITE's "History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland. 3rd Edition 1877"



  • The Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society have published details of Buckminster burials from 1813 - 1865 on microfiche. (802F).


  • The parish was in the Waltham sub-district of the Melton Mowbray Registration District until 1935.
  • 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.
  • In 1935, the parish was transfered to the Melton and Belvoir Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 587
1861 R.G. 9 / 2304
1871 R.G. 10 / 3298
1891 R.G. 12 / 2546

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
  • The church tower was struck by lightning in 1841 but was repaired in 1843.
  • The church tower was restored in 1894.
  • The church itself was restored in 1883.
  • The church holds a village feast on the first Sunday after Old Midsummerday.
  • The church seats 220.
  • David SMITH has a photograph of Buckminster church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2013.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the south porch of St. John the Baptist Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2016.
  • In Sewstern, a small chapel of ease was built in 1842 to replace a much older chapel that had been destroyed. It seated 130.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1538.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Framland (second portion).
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here prior to 1849.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Buckminster is a village, a township and a parish 10 miles south-west of Grantham, 9 miles east-north-east of Melton Mowbray and 123 miles north of London. The parish is in the Wold Hills and is bordered by Lincoln county to the east and Sproxton parish to the north. The parish covers about 3,000 acres and included the township and chapelry of Sewstern.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B676 arterial road east out of Melton Mobray toward Colsterworth (Lincolnshire). The road bisects Buckminster village.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of one of the local landmarks on Geo-graph. It is the Water Tower at the Manor Farm, taken in November, 2016.
You can see pictures of Buckminster which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • Most of the parish land was held in pasturage. Much of the remaining land was used for small farms.
  • The Domesday Book website contains details of the entry for Buckminster.
  • Kate JEWELL has a photograph of the Tollemache Arms on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2005.


  • On a hill just north of the village stands Buckminster Hall, the seat of the Earl of Dysart. The building copies the Grecian style and was built in 1798.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK881229 (Lat/Lon: 52.79648, -0.694822), Buckminster which are provided by:


Military History

Inside St. John the Baptist church is a tablet commemorating the young men of the parish who died in World War One. There are 13 names listed.

Also in the church is a stained glass window with an inscription below commemorating men who had fallen in World War One.

Also in the church, on the wall is a small tablet with a Life Guards' badge in honor of trooper Eric Hooper ROYCE who died 19 May 1918.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish of the county and became a Civil Parish when those were established
  • The parish was in the ancient Framland Hundred in the northern (or eastern) division of the county.
  • In April, 1936, the chapelry of Sewstern, was abolished and the village made part of Buckminster parish.
  • On that same date, Buckminster Civil Parish gained parts of Colsterworth, Gunby and Stainby parishes.V It also exchanged an acre with Skillington parish.
  • You can contact the current local Parish Council regarding political or social issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.
  • You can also contact the District Council regarding political or social issues. The same restrictions apply.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • 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.


Most of these population figures are for the township of Buckminster and do not include Sewstern township.

 Year Inhabitants
1801 483
1841 697
1871 312
1881 253
1891 328
1901 274
1911 246
1921 287
1931 265
1961 441


  • A Public Elementary School (National School) was built here in 1841. The school was rebuilt in 1898 to hold 120 children. The school stands midway between Sewstern and Buckminster villages.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Primary School on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2012.
  • And Kate JEWELL also has a fine photograph of the Buckminster Primary School on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2005.