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Cemeteries

There is a cemetery of one acre, formed in 1878, at a cost of £540. It is under the control of the Parish Council's Burial Board.

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Census

  • The parish was in the Great Easton sub-district of the Uppingham 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:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2309
1871 R.G. 10 / 3304
1891 R.G. 12 / 2550
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to St. Michael and All Angels.
     
  • The church is of early Norman origin.
     
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1890.
     
  • Stephen NUNNEY has a photograph of Saint Michael's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March 2002.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1563.
     
  • There is a book: "Monumental inscriptions of Hallaton Cemetery," which can be found at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It contains the names of 125 people. This book has been microfilmed so that you can view it at your local Family History Centre.
     
  • The Union Nonconformist chapel was built in 1822, and has 200 sittings.
     
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Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Great Easton sub-district of the Uppingham registration district.
     
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
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Description & Travel

Hallaton is a small village in SE Leicestershire, England, famous for its bottle kicking ritual and set in rolling green countryside. It is in close proximity to the historic market town of Oakham, Uppingham and Market Harborough and 90 miles north of London. Hallaton is a parish of 2,969 acres, 16 miles east-south-east of Leicester, and 8 miles north-east of Market Harborough.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Drive slowly and watch out for the ducks!
     
  • Plan to visit the Hallaton Village Museum. It is a small community-based museum, with exhibitions on Hare Pie scrambling and bottle kicking. Occasional meetings for villagers on topics of interest. It is on Hogg Lane.
     
  • Set aside some time for fishing at Eybrook Reservoir or Rutland Water.
     
  • Michael TROLOVE has a photograph of a Destination sign on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2013. But why would you want to leave?
     
  • The Leicestershire Tourist Information website has tourist information and history.
     
You can see pictures of Hallaton which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

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

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History

  • In the Middle Ages Hallaton was one of the busiest towns of Leicestershire in the English East Midlands, with no fewer than four annual fairs as well as its market.
     
  • Nearly half a mile west of the church is Castle Hill, perhaps the remains of a 12th-century motte and bailey castle connected with an iron-working site.
     
  • Hallaton village is famous for its Hare Pie Scrambling and Bottle Kicking Contest, which is celebrated every Easter Monday between Hallaton and the neighbouring village of Medbourne.
     
  • See "Hallaton", A History of the County of Leicestershire, volume 5, Gartree Hundred (1964), pp. 121-33.
     
  • In 2000 the voluntary Hallaton Fieldwork Group (HFWG) made a discovery of international importance: an open-air hilltop shrine, incorporating multiple Iron Age coin hoards, parts of Roman helmets and debris from feasting. They joined with the School of Archaeology at Leicester University to further explore their findings.
     
  • You can read more about the Hallaton treasure project at Leics University.
     
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Manors

  • Hallaton Hall stands on the east side of the village.
     
  • Hallaton Manor House stands about half a mile south-west of the village.
     
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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
     

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP790967 (Lat/Lon: 52.562578, -0.836334), Hallaton which are provided by:

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Military History

  • In the parish church in 1921 a vestry was erected on the south side as a memorial to those of the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18; their names are inscribed on two marble tablets.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2007.
     
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Military Records

Lieut. Calverley George BEWICKE was killed the Great War, 1914-18.

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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 Gartree Hundred (or Wapentake) in the southern division of the county.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • A workhouse was purchased in the parish in 1732.
     
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Uppingham Poorlaw Union.
     
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the East Norton petty session hearings the first Friday of each month.
     
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Population

 Year Inhabitants
1086 26
1801 548
1841 637
1871 614
1881 716
1891 755
1901 602
1911 566
1921 465
1931 423
1951 422
1961 424
2001 523
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Schools

  • The earliest evidence of a school at Hallaton is the subscription of a graduate schoolmaster there in 1634.
     
  • There has been a Church school on this site in Hallaton since 1865.