Dunton Bassett


Description in 1871:
"DUNTON-BASSETT, a parish in Lutterworth district, Leicester; near the Midland railway, 1½ mile SE of Broughton-Astley r. station, and 4¼ N of Lutterworth. Post town, Ashby-Parva, under Lutterworth. Acres, 1,860. Real property, £2,968. Pop., 524. Houses, 141. The property is divided among a few. There is a mineral spring. A number of the inhabitants are stocking-makers. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £80. Patron, the Rev. J. Longhurst. The church has a tower and spire, and is good. There is an Independent chapel."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72



  • 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.
1841 H.O. 107 / 598
1861 R.G. 9 / 2245
1871 R.G. 10 / 3221
1891 R.G. 12 / 2489

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church is Early Norman and was built around 1350.
  • The church was restored in 1882.
  • The church seats 270.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken on an overcast day in July, 2011.
  • John SALMON also has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken on April, 2013.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1653.
  • The church was in the rural Guthlaxton deanery (second portion).
  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1880.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Dunton Bassett is a parish and a village 4 miles north of Lutterworth, 10 miles south from the city of Leicester and 95 miles north of the city of London. The parish covers just over 1,360 acres.

The land around the village has been mostly pasture for centuries. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A426 north out of Lutterworth and turn left at Dunton Bassett.
You can see pictures of Dunton Bassett which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • In the 1800s many parishioners worked as frame-work knitters, others as farmers or shoemakers.
  • The village hall was built in 1895.
  • Neil THEASBY has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph taken April, 2014.
  • Ian ROB has a photograph of the Dunton Bassett Arms on Geo-graph taken May, 2011. This used to be "The Shoulder of Mutton" until around 1988.


  • Major Hugh Harry ROBERTSON-AIKMAN was the lord of the manor in 1912 and the resident of the Manor House.


  • You can view an online map at the Axcis site.
  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP547906 (Lat/Lon: 52.510555, -1.195456), Dunton Bassett which are provided by:


Military History

  • In 1912, Major Hugh Henry ROBERTSON-AIKMAN resided in the Manor House here. He was born in Leicestershire.
  • In January, 1920, Mrs. AIKMAN (wife of Major Hugh H. AIKMAN) dedicated the Celtic Cross on Main Street as the village War Memorial. It includes the names of men lost in Malaya and World War Two.
  • Ian ROB has a photograph of the War Memorial near the church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2005.
  • There is a "family" War Memorial in the churchyard, which is a stone cross on a two-tiered base, dedicated to Captain Edward Thomas CRUMP of the Royal Engineers who died in January, 1941.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicestershire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish lies in the Guthlaxton Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT funded to provide you with family history searches and services.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Lutterworth Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Lutterworth petty session hearings every other Thursday.


Year Inhabitants
1801 407
1841 553
1871 496
1881 409
1891 368
1901 385
1911 482
1921 523
1931 506
1961 591


  • In 1849 a school for boys and girls was built here. It was enlarged in 1873. In 1909 the school was enlarged again, but now it was designated a Public Elementary School.