Description in 1881:
"BUSHBY is a hamlet and township adjoining Thurnby, with 56 people in 1881. H. L. Powys-Keck esq. is lord of the manor. The principal landowners are H. L. Powys-Keck and E. B. Hartopp esqrs."
"Post Office Directory, Leicestershire and Rutland 1881"


  • The parish was in the Billesdon sub-district of the Billesdon 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 11 covers the Billesdon sub-district which includes Bushby.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2253
1891 R.G. 12 / 2494

Church History

  • The webpage author has found no mention of an Anglican parish church in Bushby.

Church Records

  • The church would have been in the rural deanery of Gartree (second portion).

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Bushby is a small village, a township and was a small parish adjacent to Thurnby and 4 miles east of Leicester city, into which it is now absorbed as a suburb. The parish covered about 679 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A47 arterial road east out of Leicester city and stop at Thurnby. This is as close as you can get to Bushby village without walking.
  • Kate JEWELL has a photograph of The Green at Bushby on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2006.
You can see pictures of Bushby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK655040 (Lat/Lon: 52.629813, -1.033704), Bushby which are provided by:


Military History

In 1925, Lieut.-Col. James BURNS-HARTOPP of the Royal Horse Guards was one of the principal owners of land in the parish. He was High Sheriff of Leicestershire in 1902.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient hamlet of the county and became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The parish was in the ancient Gartree Hundred (or Wapentake) in the southern (or eastern) division of the county.
  • In April, 1935, this parish was abolished and all 679 acres were amalgamated back into Thurnby Civil Parish and as part of the Leicester Urban District.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

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


 Year Inhabitants
1871 51
1881 56
1891 47
1901 72
1911 116
1921 194
1931 336


  • A Public Elementary School was built in 1865 and rebuilt in 1894 to hold 109 children.