Description in 1871:
"FLECKNEY, a parish in Market-Harborough district, Leicester; on the Union canal, near the Kibworth station of the Leicester and Bedford railway, 7 miles NW of Market-Harborough. Post town, Kibworth-Harcourt, under Leicester. Acres, 1,630. Real property, £2,530. Pop., 581. Houses, 130. The property is much sub-divided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £155. Patron, the Earl of Lovelace. The church is tolerable; and there is a Baptist chapel."
"[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]


Archives & Libraries

The small Fleckney Community Library in School Street is a branch of the Leicester County Council Library System. It is open 4 days each week (verify by phone if you are visiting) and is staffed with local volunteers who answered the call in 2016.



  • 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.
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 Nicholas.
  • The date of construction is uncertain, but it appears to be early Norman.
  • The church seats 280.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of St Nicholas Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.
  • Robin WEBSTER also has a photograph of St Nicholas Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2017.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1638.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Gartree (second portion).
  • The General Baptists built their chapel here in 1813.
  • There was also a Strict Baptist chapel here in 1911.
  • Ian ROB has a photograph of the Strict Baptist chapel in Wolsey Lane on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2014.

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

Fleckney is a parish and a village in Leicestershire. The parish is 91 miles north of London, 8.5 miles southeast of Leicester city and 8.5 miles northwest of Market Harborough. The parish is bounded on the east by the Union Canal, part of which runs thru the Fleckney Tunnel into Saddington parish. The parish covers 1,270 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, it is probably easiest to take the A50 trunk road south out of Leicester city for about 9 miles and turn left at Arnesby.
  • Please take care if driving in the village center and give way for crossing ducks.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign in a snow storm! on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.
  • Mat FASCIONE also has a photograph of the Village Sign at the other end of the village on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.
You can see pictures of Fleckney which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Fleckney village is noted in the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • Tim GLOVER provides a photograph of The Old Crown public house on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2013.
  • Stephen McKAY also has a photograph of The Old Crown public house on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2015.
  • The "Bitterman" has a photograph of The Golden Shield public house on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2010.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP649934 (Lat/Lon: 52.534607, -1.04464), Fleckney which are provided by:


Military History

There is one Commonwealth War Grave in St. Nicholas churchyard.

There is another, non-cwgc gravesite in St. Nicholas churchyard. This one is for RAF Volunteer Reservist: John Ralph PERBERDY.

In 1920, A white marble tablet was presented to the church for a World War One monument. A second plaque was added after World War II for those who died in that conflict.


Military Records

The Commonwealth War Grave (data from www.CWGC.org) is for:

Name Rank Unit Died Family
John William STURGESS guardsman 2nd Btn. Grenadier Guards 23 Jan. 1917 Died of wounds


The local newspaper, The Fleckney Communicata, is offered free to local residents.  Copies should reside in the local library.



  • Most of the parish workforce worked steam-powered framework knitting machines.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Leicesershire and it became a modern Civil Parish shortly after those were established.
  • The parish is in the ancient Gartree Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the Fleckney Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are not funded nor staffed to help you with family history searches.
  • The Parish Council usually holds an annual Parish Meeting for all local residents in the Spring.
  • District governance is provided by the Harborough Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

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


 Year Inhabitants
1871 658
1881 770
1891 1,254
1901 1,516
1911 1,812
1921 1,699
1931 1,552
1961 1,495


  • A Public Elementary School (National School) was built in 1871 and enlarged in 1898 to hold 330 children.