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Description in 1871:
"HOTON, or HOUGHTON, a township and chapelry in Prestwold parish, Leicester; near the river Soar and the boundary with Notts, 3¼ miles NE of Loughborough r. station. Post town, Loughborough. Acres, 1,850. Real property, £3,031. Pop., 401. Houses, 87. The manor belongs to the Marquis of Hastings. The living is a p. curacy, annexed to the donative of Prestwold, in the diocese of Peterborough. The church was rebuilt in 1837, and has an embattled tower. There is a Wesleyan chapel."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]

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Census

  • Hoton was in the Leake subdistrict of the Loughborough registration district.
     
  • In 1935 this parish was re-assigned to the Barrow-on-Soar 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 and Volume 13 covers the Barrow on Soar District of which Hoton was a part.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2277
1871 R.G. 10 / 3260
1891 R.G. 12 / 2518
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was originally dedicated to Saint Anne. It was rededicated to St. Leonard of Noblac around 1837. Saint Leonard is the patron saint of women in labour and prisoners of war.
     
  • The church was apparently built in the 12th century.
     
  • Hoton chapel was rebuilt in 1838.
     
  • In 1926 a major restoration of the church was undertaken.
     
  • in 1989 the church was closed. It is now a private residence.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the former church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1653.
     
  • The Anglican parish church was in the rural deanery of Goscote (second portion).
     
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here by 1849.
     
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.
     
  • Hoton was in the Leake subdistrict of the Loughborough registration district.
     
  • In 1935 this parish was re-assigned to the Barrow-on-Soar registration district.
     
  • The Registrar's Office in Barrow-upon-Soar closed in 1945. See Local Register Offices in England and Wales
     
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Description & Travel

Hoton is a village, a township and an ancient parish in Leicestershire. The parish abuts the southern border of Nottinghamshire and was, for centuries, a Chapelry in Prestwold parish. The parish is 118 miles north of London, just 2 miles north-east from Loughborough and a mile north of Prestwold. The parish covers 1,410 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By Automobile, the B675 arterial road passes throught the village just north of Barrow on Soar.
     
  • Chris J. DIXON has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2005. You should stop in and ask for a schedule of forthcoming events. The Hall can also be hired for your grand family reunion!
     
You can see pictures of Hoton which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Hoton 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

J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Packe Arms Public House on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2012.

Alan MURRAY-RUST provides a photograph of the Packe Arms Sign on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.

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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
     

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK574225 (Lat/Lon: 52.797018, -1.150137), Hoton which are provided by:

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Military History

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of a Guardhouse at RAF Wymeswold on the edge of this parish on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2011.

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Politics & Government

  • This place was long a Chapelry in Leicestershire, but was incorporated as a Civil Parish in December, 1866.
     
  • The parish was in the ancient West Goscote Hundred in the northern division of the county.
     
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT able to do family history lookups for you.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008. Drop in when they are open and ask to see a schedule of forth-coming events.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Loughborough petty session hearings.
     
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1760.
     
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, Hoton became part of the Loughborough Poor Law Union.
     
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Population

 Year Inhabitants
1861 401
1871 332
1881 308
1891 294
1901 273
1911 251
1921 250
1931 238
1951 240
1961 194