John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 870-72":

"FROWLESWORTH, a parish in Lutterworth district, Leicester; near the river Soar, the Midland railway, and the Fosse way, 2 miles SSW of Broughton-Astley r. station, and 5 NNW of Lutterworth. It has a post office under Lutterworth. Acres, 1,496. Real property, £3,635. Pop., 291. Houses, 80. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £457. Patron, the Rev. S. L. Noble. The church is ancient and tolerable. Chief Baron Smith's almshouses have £541; and other charities £3."


  • 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 is dedicated to Saint Nicholas.
  • The church may have originally been built before the Norman Conquest.
  • The church was restored in 1887.
  • The church tower was restored in 1895.
  • The church seats 160.
  • Geoff PICK has a photograph of St. Nicholas' Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2005.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of St. Nicholas' Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2016.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1538.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Guthlaxton (second portion).
  • Free REG has a database for accessing the 1538-1837 marriages, and the 1582-1870 baptisms.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Frolesworth is a parish and a village located 92 miles north of London, 2 miles north of Ullesthorpe and 3 miles south of Broughton Astley. The parish covers 1,515 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B4114 off the A5 (Whatling Street), north past Sharnford and turn right after that village to find Frolesworth.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of Frolesworth Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.
  • Alex McGREGOR has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2013.
You can see pictures of Frolesworth which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • John SMITH, a distinguished judge and later Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer in Scotland, was born in this parish in 1656.


  • The web page author could find no record of a Hall or Manor House in this parish.


  • 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 SP503906 (Lat/Lon: 52.510978, -1.260282), Frolesworth which are provided by:


Military History

There is a brass tablet in the parish church to Samuel Grime RECORD who died in the 2nd Boer War, 21 Oct. 1900.

There is a wooden "battlefield cross" in the parish church as a memorial for Captain Alan E. BOUCHER of the 9th Btn, Leicester Regt.who lost his life on 25 June 1916.

There is also inside the church a framed copy of the painting by George H. SWINSTEAD "The White Comrade", showing a wounded WW1 soldier being held upright by one comrade with a white angel behind

There is a three-light stained glass window in the church, commemorating the four men from the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-1918.


Names, Geographical

  • The name "Frolesworth" is the currently accepted spelling, but you will find many records filed under the old spelling: "Frowlesworth".

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicester county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish lies in the Guthlaxton Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • The citizens of this parish do not have a formal Parish Council. Instead they hold periodic Parish Meetings to debate civic and political issues.
  • District governance is provided by the Harborough District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Lutterworth petty session hearings every other Thursday.
  • In 1726, the will of Baron John SMITH provided funding for 24 almshouses for widows. There was a small chapel attached to the almshouses where weekly services were held.
  • Ian ROB has a photograph of the Almshouses dating from 1761 on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2006.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Lutterworth Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1841 318
1871 258
1881 214
1891 201
1901 216
1911 243
1921 220
1931 245
1951 210
1961 181


  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1870. This school was originally a Church of England weekday school. This school was enlarged in 1907 to accomodate up to 72 children.