Description in 1871:
"HALSTEAD, a township in Tilton parish, Leicestershire; 11 miles E of Leicester. Acres, 1, 432. Real property, £231. Pop., 211. Houses, 43. Halstead House is the seat of the Chesters. There are petrifying springs, and a Wesleyan chapel."
John Marius Wilson's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72


  • The parish was in the Billesdon sub-district of the Billesdon registration district.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2253
1871 R.G. 10 / 3227
1891 R.G. 12 / 2494

Church History

  • The parishioners attended Anglican services at the church in Tilton-on-the-Hill.

Church Records

  • No Anglican parish register exists. See Tilton-on-the-Hill for church records.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a small chapel here by 1849 which they enlarged in 1863.
  • Andrew TATLOW has a photograph of the Halstead Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2006.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Halstead is a hamlet and a township in the parish of Tilton-on-the-Hill seated 11 miles east of Leicester city, 3 miles northeast of Billesdon and about 105 miles north of London. The hamlet adjoins Tilton-on-the-Hill village which is just to the south. The township covers about 1,440 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A47 arterial road east out of Leicester city and turn left (north) after Billesdon onto the B6047. That road should, after about a mile, bring you to Tilton-on-the-Hill village. Pass through that village to get to Halstead hamlet.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of Halstead village across the fields on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2014.
You can see pictures of Halstead which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Much of the township land was used for grazing.
  • The township is known for its "petrifying" springs. (This is a chemical reaction where items lowered into the water accrue a mineral or stone covering.)


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK751057 (Lat/Lon: 52.643852, -0.891509), Halstead which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient township in Tilton parish in Leicester county and it was incorporated as a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The township was in the ancient Gartree Hundred (or Wapentake) in the southern division of the county.
  • In April, 1935, the Civil Parish was abolished and all the land amalgamated back into Tilton Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the township became part of the Billesdon Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the East Norton petty session hearings.


 Year Inhabitants
1871 204
1881 309
1901 197
1931 170