Description in 1871:
"<>HORNINGHOLD, a parish, with a village, in the district of Uppingham and county of Leicester; 3¼ miles W of the boundary with Rutland, 4 N of Medbourne-Bridge r. station, and 8½ NE of Market-Harborough. Posttown, Uppingham. Acres, 1,205. Real property, £2,139. Pop., 105. Houses, 21. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged to Robert de Todeni; was given by him to Belvoir priory; and belongs now to T. Chamberlayne, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £80. Patron, W. Chamberlayne, Esq. The church is old but good; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with tower and spire; and has a Norman doorway, and a pillared octagonal font. Charities, £20"
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales", 1870-72



  • 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:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2309
1891 R.G. 12 / 2550

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church building dates back to the 12th century.
  • The church seats 120.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the Church of St. Peter on Geograph, taken in August, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1661.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Gartree (third portion).

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Horninghold is a village and a parish in a valley with a stream running past the west end of the village, about 16 miles southeast of Leicester, 9 miles north-east of Market Harborough and 5 miles south-west of Uppingham (in Rutland county). The parish covers 1,218 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B664 arterial road south-west out of Uppingham and turn right (west) just before Stockerston. About 1.5 miles along that country road you will find Horninghold.
  • Mat FASCIONE provides a photograph of the Horninghold village sign on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2007. You can, of course, provide a more artistic and historically balanced sign for them to adopt.
You can see pictures of Horninghold which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Most of the land in the parish was used for pasture.


  • The author could find only a mention of Horninghold House, but no history or designation as the manor house.
  • Mat FASCIONE provides a photograph of the entrance to the Manor House Farm on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2007.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP806973 (Lat/Lon: 52.567691, -0.811615), Horninghold which are provided by:


Military History

  • There is World War One Memorial Plaque inside the church.
  • There are no Commonwealth War Graves in the Horninghold churchyard.

Politics & Government

  • The parish was in the southern division of the county in the ancient Gartree Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • The residents of this parish have decided to forgo a formal Parish Council. The residents have periodic Parish Meeting of all the citizens to discuss civic and political issues.
  • District governance is provided by the Harborough District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Uppingham Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the East Norton petty session hearings.


 Year Inhabitants
1871 106
1881 126
1901 124
1911 116
1921 112
1931 91
1951 86
1961 85


  • The children of this parish attended school in Hallaton.