Description in 1871:
"HUNGERTON, a village, a township, and a parish in Billesdon district, Leicestershire. The village stands between the two branches of the river Wreak, 6 miles SE by E of Syston Junction r. station, and 7 NE by E of Leicester; and has a post office under Leicester. The township includes the village. Real property, £1,565. Pop., 196. Houses, 48. The parish contains also the liberty of Baggrave, and the hamlets of Ingarsby and Quenby. Acres, 2,910. Real property, £5,945. Pop., 302 Houses, 64. The property is divided among a few. Baggrave Hall is the seat of E. A. Burnaby, Esq. Quenby Hall has, for upwards of seven centuries, belonged to the Ashbys. Ingarsby Hall, an old moated building, is now a farm house. The living is a vicarage, united with the vicarage of Twyford and the p. curacy of Thorpe-Satchville, in the diocese of Peterborongh. Value, £320. Patron, the Rev. E. Q. Ashby. The church is ancient; was restored in 1851; and consists of nave, chancel, and S aisle, with porch and lofty spire. There are a Wesleyan chapel and some charities."
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 Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
  • The church is an old building in the Early English style.
  • The church was thoroughly restored and re-pewed in 1851.
  • The church tower and spire were restored in 1885-86.
  • The church seats 120.
  • Andrew TATLOW has a photograph of St. John the Baptist Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1614.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Goscote (first portion).
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here by 1849.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Hungarton is a small village. a township and a parish seated 7 miles east-north-east of Leicester city, 10 miles south-south-west of Melton Mowbray and 4 miles north-west from Billesdon. The parish covers about 3,400 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A47 arterial road east out of Leicester city and turn right (south) after passing through Houghton on the hill. That county road should, after about a mile, bring you to Hungarton village.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2008. It could use your artistic talent to enhance the appearance and grandeur.
You can see pictures of Hungarton which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Much of the parish land was used for grazing.
  • Tim GLOVER has a photograph of the Black Boy Pub on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2013.


  • Quenby Hall is a fine brick mansion from the time of Queen Elizabeth I. It was the residence of William A. ASHBY in 1849. The ASHBY family lived in the manor hall for 700 years.
  • Quenby Hall is popular with couple looking for a Wedding venue.
  • Baggrave Hall was the residence of Edwin Andrew BURNABY in 1849.
  • Ingarsby Hall, formerly surrounded by a moat, was occupied by a farmer in 1881. The Hall has the date of 1579 over the fireplace.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK690073 (Lat/Lon: 52.659042, -0.981313), Hungarton which are provided by:


Military History

  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the War Memorial near the church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2008.

Names, Geographical

  • Prior to 1900, the name appears often as "Hungerton". After that date, it is more frequently found as "Hungarton".
  • "Hungarton" became the preferred spelling starting in 1947.

Politics & Government

  • Baggrave was an extra-parochial area (a liberty) a little north of Hungarton.
  • Ingarsby is a small hamlet in the parish of Hungarton and the Hundred of Gartree.
  • Quenby is a hamlet in the parish of Hungarton about a mile south-east of Hungarton.
  • This place was an ancient parish of the county and a modern Civil Parish until 1936.
  • The parish was partly in the ancient East Goscote Hundred (or Wapentake) in the eastern (or northern) division of the county and partly in the Gartree Hundred.
  • You may contact Hungarton Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they can NOT perform family history searches for you.
  • District governance is provided by the Harborough District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • In 1881, the parish had a charity of £8 and 10s. annually for fuel and education of the poor.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Billesdon Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the East Norton petty session hearings.


 >Year Inhabitants
1801 203
1811 218
1821 292
1831 260
1841 267
1851 289
1861 302
1871 238
1881 439
1891 307
1901 289
1911 260
1921 285
1931 274
1961 297


  • A National School (later a Public Elementary School) was built here in 1875 for 45 children.