Description in 1871:
"GILMORTON, a parish in Lutterworth district, Leicester; 3 miles NE by N of Lutterworth, and 4 SE of Broughton-Astley r. station. It has a post office under Lutterworth. Acres, 2,830. Real property, £4,455. Pop., 853. Houses, 200. The property is subdivided. Some of the inhabitants are stocking-makers. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £632. Patron, the Rev. J. M. Lakin. The church was rebuilt in 1860, at a cost of upwards of £2, 000 There are a Baptist chapel, an endowed school, and some small charities."
[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 & 3222
1891 R.G. 12 / 2489

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church dates from before the 17th century.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1860.
  • A clock was added to the tower in 1882.
  • The church spire was damaged by storms in 1883-84 and was partially rebuilt in 1885. It was entirely rebuilt in 1909.
  • The church seats 430 (one source tells us 450).
  • In 1898 a new Lych Gate was built at the north entrance to the churchyard.
  • Ian ROB has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1611.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Guthlaxton (third portion).
  • A Congregationalist chapel was built here in 1872.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Gilmorton is a village and civil parish in the southern hills of Leicestershire, England. The parish lies 97 miles north of London, 12 miles south of Leicester city and 5 miles east of Ullesthorpe parish. The parish covers just over 2,470 acres and includes the hamlet of Cotes de Val.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A426 trunk road south out of Leicester and turn west (left) after Dunton Bassett.
  • Alex McGREGOR has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2014. You could offer a more artistic and historic sign while you are visiting..
You can see pictures of Gilmorton which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Gilmorton 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 workers here were frame-work knitters.
  • Tim GLOVER has a photograph of the Red Lion Inn on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2013.
  • These are the names associated with The Red Lion in various directories:
Year  Person
1849 Thomas WARDEN, butcher
1881 -- Not Listed --
1912 Henry MATTHEWS
1925 Henry MATTHEWS
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of The Crown Inn on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2008.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP570879 (Lat/Lon: 52.48605, -1.162032), Gilmorton which are provided by:


Military History

There is a single Commonwealth War Grave in All Saints churchyard for World War II.


Military Records

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

Name Rank Unit Died Family
Lilian Ada WALTON private Auxiliary Territorial Services 21 Jan. 1946 Age 23, daughter of Arthur Edwin and Bertha Annie WALTON

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicestershire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish is in the ancient Guthlaxton Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • The parish received about 300 acres from Kimcott parish in 1877 by Local Governmet Order.
  • You may contact the Gilmorton Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but plese do NOT ask them to help with your family history search.
  • 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.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Lutterworth Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1841 866
1871 739
1881 644
1891 534
1901 512
1911 464
1921 467
1931 481
1951 454
1961 432


  • The Public Elementary School was endowed for 20 children and built in 1860 to hold 108 children.