Description in 1871:
"CATTHORPE, or Calthorpe, a parish in Lutterworth district, Leicester; on the verge of the county, Watling-street, and the river Avon, near the Midland railway, 4 miles ENE of Rugby. It has a post office under Rugby. Acres, 625. Real property, £1,493. Pop., 146. Houses, 36. The property is divided among a few. The parish is a meet for the Pytchley hounds. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £260. Patron, the Rev. L. Harper. The church is good; and has a very old font. Charities, £16."



  • 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 Thomas.
  • The church dates from around 1300.
  • The church was restored and reseated in 1886.
  • The church seats 125.
  • Ian ROB has a photograph of St. Thomas Church on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2009.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Churchyard Lych Gate on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2007.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1573.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Guthlaxton (second 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

Catthorpe is a village and civil parish in the Leicestershire, England. It is the southern-most and western-most parish in Leicestershire, some 5 miles south of Lutterworth and 4 miles east of Rugby. The parish covers 645 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A14 motorway east out of Coventry almost to the M1 motorway.
  • The A5 trunk road, otherwise known as Whatling Street, passes along the west side of the village.
You can see pictures of Catthorpe which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • "Bikeboy" has a photograph of the Cherry Tree Pub on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.


Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of Catthorpe Manor on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.

Jenny GILES also has a photograph of Catthorpe Manor on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2014.



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP552782 (Lat/Lon: 52.39904, -1.190137), Catthorpe which are provided by:


Military History

There is a Brass plaque on wooden frame inside the parish church. There are five names from World War I inscribed on the memorial.

There is a single Commonwealth War Grave in St. Thomas churchyard for a man from World War I. That man was from Rugby, Warwickshire


Military Records

The names listed on the World War One Memorial in the church are:

Name Rank Unit Died Other info.
John Henry GREEN private 7th Btln., Leics. Regt. 26 April 1915 Age 36, son of Thomas GREEN
John GURNEY       No other information provided
Arthur HIPWELL private 6th Btln., Leics. Regt. 17 July 1916 This may be Private J. H. HIPWELL
Harold Alfred LANGHAM private East Kent Regt. 23 Mar. 1917 Age 18, son of Alfred and Fanny LANGHAM
Rupert William ROBINSON       Probably the son of Charles and Catherine ROBINSON
Owen ROBINSON       Probably the son of Charles and Catherine ROBINSON

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.
  • In April, 1935, the parish was reduced in size by 10 acres to enlarge Newton and Biggin Civil Parish.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they will NOT assist you with family history lookups.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1655.
  • 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 159
1841 167
1871 154
1881 137
1891 160
1901 166
1911 176
1921 130
1931 135
1971 89


  • The children of this parish attended schools in Shawell and Swinford.