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Houghton on the Hill

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Description in 1871:
"HOUGHTON-ON-THE-HILL, a village and a parish in Billesdon district, Leicestershire. The village stands 2¾ miles WNW of Billesdon, and 6 E by S of Leicester r. station; and has a post office, of the name of Houghton, under Leicester. The parish comprises 2,450 acres Real property, £3,672. Pop., 449. Houses, 100. The property is subdivided. The manor belongs to H. L. Keek, Esq. There is a mineral spring. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £262. Patron, W. Freer, Esq. The church is old; was recently restored; and has a spire, open seats, and an old font. There is a Wesleyan chapel."
John BARTHOLOMEW's "Gazetteer of the British Isles," 1887

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Cemeteries

Timothy HEATON has a photograph of St. Catharine's churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2020.

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Census

  • The parish was in the Billesdon sub-district of the Billesdon 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 / 2254
1871 R.G. 10 / 3229
1891 R.G. 12 / 2495
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Catharine.
     
  • The church was restored in 1860.
     
  • The church was restored during the period from 1897 through 1907.
     
  • The exterior of the church was restored in 1903.
     
  • The church seats 300.
     
  • Ashley DACE has a photograph of St. Catharine's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2010.
     
  • Timothy GLOVER also has a photograph of St. Catharine's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2018.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1651.
     
  • The Anglican parish was in the rural deanery of Gartree (second portion).
     
  • The Baptists had a chapel here before 1849, but it is not mentioned in 1881.
     
  • A Wesleyan Methodist apparently bought the Baptist chapel in 1852.
     
  • Timothy HEATON has a photograph of the Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2020.
     
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was in the Billesdon sub-district of the Billesdon Registration District.
     
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Description & Travel

Houghton on Hill is both a village and a parish just 6 miles east of Leicester city on the Uppingham Road. The parish covers about 2,160 acres and was primarily pastureland for centuries.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A47 east out of Leicester or west out of Uppingham. The road passes along the north edge of the village.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2007. You can help by trimming the brush back from around the sign.
     
You can see pictures of Houghton on the Hill which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Houghton on the Hill 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

  • A large part of the parish land was given over to pasturage.
     
  • The parish feast was held on the Sunday after Sept. 29th.
     
  • Ashley DACE has a photograph of The Old Black Horse pub on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2010.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Rose and Crown Inn on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2007.
     
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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
     

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK676032 (Lat/Lon: 52.622366, -1.002846), Houghton on the Hill which are provided by:

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Military History

  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2007. This memorial was erected in 1921.
     
  • In 1921 a richly coloured carved oak reredos was erected in the north aisle of the parish church as a war memorial.
     
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Politics & Government

  • This place was an "ancient parish" in the county of Leicestershire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
     
  • The parish was in the southern division of the county in the ancient Gartree Hundred (or Wapentake).
     
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they cannot do family history searches for you.
     
  • District governance is provided by the Harborough District Council.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Leicester petty sessional hearings.
     
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became the centre of the Billesdon Poorlaw Union.
     
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Population

Population figures after 1835 often include the Poorlaw Union Workhouse staff and inmates.

 Year Inhabitants
1801 299
1841 451
1881 415
1891 332
1901 278