Description in 1871:
"DISEWORTH, a parish in the district of Shardlow and county of Leicester; on an affluent of the river Trent, near the boundary with Notts, 3½ miles SW of Kegworth r. station, and 6 NW of Loughborough. It has a post office under Loughborough. Acres, 1,880. Real property, £3,299. Pop., 567. Houses, 143. The property is divided among a few. A number of the inhabitants are stocking-makers. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £197. Patron, alternately the Haberdashers' Company and Christ's Hospital. The church is tolerable. There are chapels for Baptists and Wesleyans. A school has £10 from endowment; and other charities £17. (William) Lilly the astrologer, "the Sidrophel" of Butler's Hudibras, was a native."
[John Marius WILSON, "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]



The Baptist Chapel had its own burial ground. Ian CALDERWOOD has a photograph of a portion of the Baptist Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2013.



  • The parish was in the Castle Donington subdistrict of the Shardlow 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 / 2488
1891 R.G. 12 / 2719
1911 R.G. 14 / 20800

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church for Diseworth is dedicated to Saint Michael and All Saints.
  • The church was repaired in 1840.
  • The church chancel was restored in 1885.
  • The church seats 150.
  • Geoff PICK has a photograph of St. Michael's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2003.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1656.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of West Akeley.
  • In the nave of the church is a tablet incribed with the CHESLYN family genealogy.
  • The General Baptists and the Wesleyan Methodists both had chapels here by 1849. The Baptist Chapel had to close after being flooded in 2000.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Castle Donington subdistrict of the Shardlow registration district.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

Diseworth is a large village and was a parish 123 miles north of London, just 3 miles west of Kegworth, 6 miles northwest of Loughborough, and not far from the East Midlands Airport. The parish covered 1,961 acres.

The village sits in the hills in southwest Leicestershire. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the M1 motorway to Kegworth where it crosses the A6 trunk road. Diseworth is just northwest of that intersection.
You can see pictures of Diseworth which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • In the 1800s, most of the male residents of the parish were either Framework Knitters or farmers.
  • William LILLEY, medical doctor and astrologer, was born here in 1602.
  • David BARNES has a photograph of The Plough Inn on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2006. The Inn dates from 13th century.
  • Tim GLOVER has a photograph of The Bull and Swan Inn on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2009.


  • The webpage author could find no mention of a Hall or Manor House in his sources.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK453245 (Lat/Lon: 52.816344, -1.328881), Diseworth which are provided by:


Military History

Inserted into the churchyard wall, and fronting on the main road, is a marble tablet to the memory of the men of Diseworth who fell in the Great War, 1914-18.

There are 2 Commonwealth War Gravea in Diseworth churchyard: both from World War One.


Military Records

The Commonwealth War Graves (data from www.CWGC.org) are for:

Name Rank Unit Died Family
John Frederick ALLCROFT private 1st Btln., Leicestershire Regt. 31 May 1915 Age 21, born in West Ham, London, died in Elham, Kent.  In Diseworth for 1911 census.
Arthur CHAPMAN private Royal Army Medical Corps 23 Nov. 1919 Age 46, son of Thomas and Anna CHAPMAN

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish of Leicestershire and a modern Civil Parish as well. It was abolished in 1936.
  • The parish was in the ancient West Goscote Hundred in the northern (one source gives "Mid") division of the county.
  • In April, 1936, the parish was abolished to enlarge Long Whatton Civil Parish.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Diseworth Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2016. You should stop in during open hours and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, Diseworth became part of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Loughborough petty sessional hearings.


 Year Inhabitants
1841 739
1871 493
1881 416
1891 369
1901 383
1911 331
1921 318
1931 345


  • A Parochial School was built here in 1862 by subscription and a government grant. Origianaly built for 91 children, it was enlarged in 1898.

Social Life & Customs

Ian CALDERWOOD has a photograph of the Diseworth Heritage Centre on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2013. You are welcomed to visit during open hours and discuss your research.