Glen Parva


"GLENN-PARVAa township in Aylestone parish, Leicestershire; on the river Soar and the Union canal, 4 miles SSW of Leicester. Real property, £1,894. Pop., 119. Houses, 30."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]


Archives & Libraries

The Glen Parva Library in the Parish Hall on Dorothy Avenue is a branch of the Leicester County Council Library System. It is open 5 days each week (verify by phone if you are visiting) but does not have staff trained in Family History research. For that, you would be better served by the Leicester Library.



  • Remember, this place wasn't created as a Civil Parish until 1866, so look under "Aylestone".
  • The parish was in the Wigston sub-district of the Blaby 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 / 2256
1871 R.G. 10 / 3230
1891 R.G. 12 / 2497

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Thomas (in South Wigston).
  • The church in the hamlet of Glen Parva, was erected in 1893 in place of the former Mission Hall chapel which had been built in 1886.
  • The new church could seat 600.
  • The Mission Hall chapel was demolished in 1988.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1561.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Christianity.
  • The Roman Catholic church, dedicated to Saint Mary, was built in Countesthorpe Road in 1905.
  • The Congregationalists built a chapel in South Wigston in 1886.
  • The Weslyan Methodists built a chapel in Countesthorpe Road circa 1900.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Glen Parva is just north of Blaby, across the River Sence, just south-east of Aylestone and 101 miles north of London. The parish covers 837 acres in 1881.

The city of Leicester lies just to the north and east of the village. That section of the city is known as "Eyres Monsell". If you are planning a visit:

  • The Arriva Bus Service stops in Glen Parva.
  • By automobile, take the A426 motorway south-east out of Leicester or north out of Blaby.
You can see pictures of Glen Parva which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the site of an Iron Age Settlement on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2014.

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



  • Three 6th century Saxon graves have been found in the parish.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the New footbridge across the River Soar on the west side of the village on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2018.
  • Mat FASCIONE also has a photograph of the former County Arms on the south side of the village on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2007.


  • Glen Parva Hall is an ancient building, formerly the seat of the PEVERIL family, the VERNONs and the RUTLAND families.
  • The Hall was restored about 1850 and in 1881 was the residence of the Misses STONE.
  • Stephen SWEENEY has a current photograph of Glen Parva Hall on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2011. The Hall has been converted into a Pub/Restaurant.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP579983 (Lat/Lon: 52.579166, -1.147385), Glen Parva which are provided by:


Military History

  • The clock in the church tower is a memorial to the men of Glen Parva who fell in the Great War of 1914-1918.
  • The obelisk of Leicestershire stone, with its Swithland slate panels, was erected in 1923 just outside the church and is also a memorial to the men of World War One.
  • The Vilage Hall has been dedicated as "War Memorial Hall" in memory of all veterans of war.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient township and Chapelry in Leicester county and it was incorporated as a separate modern Civil parish in December, 1866.
  • The parish was in the ancient Guthlaxton Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • In March, 1885, this Civil Parish was enlarged by gaining part of Aylestone Civil Parish.
  • In October, 1928, this parish gave up 146 acres to enlarge Wigston Magna Civil Parish.
  • You may contact the local Glen Parva Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they will NOT do family history searches for you. they are not funded for that.
  • Distric gevernance is provided by the Blaby District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

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


 Year Inhabitants
1871 152
1881 742
1891 483
1901 834


  • The chilren of this parish attended school in South Wigston.