Description in 1871:
"HEMINGTON, a township in Lockington parish, Leicester; S of the river Trent, 2 miles NW of Kegworth. Acres, 1,400. Real property, £2,716. Pop., 385. Houses, 91. It was formerly a parish; and it still has considerable ruins of its church. The manor belongs to Sir John H. Crewe, Bart. There is a Methodist chapel."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]



  • The parish was in the Castle Donington subdistrict of the Shardlow 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 / 2488
1891 R.G. 12 / 2719

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church for Hemington was abandoned by 1590. The parishioners attended the church in Lockington.
  • The church was built here in the 14th century.
  • The church tower was even older, built in the 13th century. The tower collapsed in April, 1986.
  • The church ruins are all that remain. The roof was intact in 1825, but gone by 1869. It is a Gade II Heritage building.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of Hemington Church in Ruins on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2013.

Church Records

  • Search the Anglican parish register at Lockington.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of West Akeley.
  • The Primitive Methodist built a chapel here by 1846.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837, but this place wasn't a Civil Parish until 1867.
  • The parish was in the Castle Donington subdistrict of the Shardlow registration district.

Description & Travel

Hemington is a village, a township and a parish 122 miles north of London, just 3 miles northwest of Kegworth and one mile south-west of Castle Donington in Derbyshire. The town of Long Eaton stands to the north. The parish covers about 1,400 acres and was once a township in the parish of Lockington.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the M1 motorway to Kegworth intersection 24 where it crosses the A6 trunk road. Hemington is just northwest of that intersection and just past Lockington.
  • There is no convenient railway station here.
  • A brook passes through the village on its way to join the River Trent.
You can see pictures of Hemington which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • In 1790, the nearby Harrington Bridge was built to create a crossing of the River Trent. The new bridge was a toll bridge and everyone except locals living in Hemington (or Sawley, Derbyshire) were required to pay the toll.


  • Hemington Hall was a collection of buildings around a centre court. Some of the buildings dated from the 14th century.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK450277 (Lat/Lon: 52.844934, -1.333313), Hemington which are provided by:


Military History

  • In the centre of the village stood a cross in memory of the men who fell in the Great War of 1914-1918.
  • Chris DIXON has a photograph of the War Memorial on a round-about on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2005.
  • David LALLY has a close-up of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.

Politics & Government

  • The parish was in the ancient West Goscote Hundred in the Loughborough division of the county.
  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicestershire, but it was treated as a township for several hundred years.
  • In December, 1866, the township was constituted as a modern Civil Parish out of a portion of Lockington Civil Parish.
  • In April, 1936, the parish was abolished and all 1,439 acres amalgamated back into what was now Lockington cum Hemington Civil Parish.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but, be aware, they are NOT funded to perform family history searches for you.
  • District governance is provided by the North West Leicestershire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1789.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Loughborough petty sessional hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, Hemington became part of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.
  • In 1848 Mr. Thomas HULL left a charity of £30 and the interest from that was distributed each Saint Thomas day to the poor.


 Year Inhabitants
1871 383
1881 380
1891 358
1901 332
1911 383
1921 330


  • A County Council School was built in 1878 for 120 children.
  • Christine JOHNSTONE has a photograph of the Hemington School on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2010.