John Marius WILSON's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72:

"CRANOE, a parish in Market-Harborough district, Leicester; on the Via Devana, 4 miles NW of Medbourne-Bridge r. station, and 5½ NNE of Market-Harborough. Post town, Church-Langton, under Leicester. Acres, 990. Real property, £1,364. Pop., 107. Houses, 23. The property is all in one estate. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £250.* Patron, the Earl of Cardigan. The church is later English; consists of nave and chancel, with porch, vestry, and square embattled tower; and is good. Charities, £8."


Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the entry gates to St. Michael's Churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007.



  • The parish was in the Market Harborough sub-district of the Market Harborough 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.
1841 H.O. 107 / 589
1861 R.G. 9 / 2250
1871 R.G. 10 / 3226
1891 R.G. 12 / 2492

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael (Some sources give "St. Michael and All Angels").
  • The church was originally built in the 12th century.
  • The church was rebuilt, except for the tower, in 1849.
  • The church seats 90.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of St. Michael's Church.on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2010
  • There is a photograph and history of the church at Leicestershire Churches.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1659 and is in good condition.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Gartree (first portion).

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Cranoe is a parish, a township and a village on a gentle slope in the Vale of the Welland in Leicestershire. It is 7 miles north-by-east of Market Harborough and 14 miles east-by-south from Leicester city. The parish covers about 800 acres.

The village has declined over the last 100 years. If you are planning a visit:

  • The village is skirted on the south by the old Roman Road heading southeast out of Leicester. The parish lies between the A6 to the south and the A47 to the north.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007. You could use your artistic talent and historical knowledge to create a much more entertaining sign!
  • Andrew TATLOW also has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2014.
You can see pictures of Cranoe which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • 3/4 of the parish was used for grazing land.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the old Village Pump on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2013.


  • Cranoe Hall is a large red-brick manor house with excellent views around the county.
  • Cranoe Hall is on Church Hill Road just north of the village.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP759952 (Lat/Lon: 52.549323, -0.882211), Cranoe which are provided by:


Military Records

There is a framed paper Roll of Honour mounted in St. Michael's Church that covers both World Wars.


Politics & Government

  • The parish is in the ancient Gartree Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • The small size of Cranoe's population lends itself well to having periodic Parish Meetings instead of having a formal Parish Council.
  • District governance is provided by the Harborough District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the East Norton petty session hearings the first Friday of each month.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Market Harborough Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 91
1821 101
1841 137
1871 121
1881 106
1891 66
1901 98
1911 89
1921 67
2001 35


  • A Council School was built in 1843 and also served the parishes of Slawston and Glooston. This school is now closed and any remaining students sent to Hallaton C of E school..