Description in 1871:
"KEYHAM, or KEAME, a township-chapelry in Rothley parish, Leicestershire; on an affluent of the river Soar, 5½ miles E by N of Leicester r. station. Posttown, Leicester. Acres, 940. Real property, £1,768. Pop., 122. Houses, 33. The manor belongs to the trustees of the late Sir James Parker: and much of the land, with the Old Hall, belongs to T. Miles, Esq. The living is a p. curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Rothley, in the diocese of Peterborongh. The church is old but good, and has a tower. Charities, £42; of which £15 are to a school."
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 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 / 2253
1871 R.G. 10 / 3228
1891 R.G. 12 / 2494

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to All Saints.
  • The four pinnacles on the church roof were blown down by a gale on 24 March, 1895.
  • The church seats 124.
  • The churchyard (burial ground) lies about a mile east of the church on Hungarton Lane.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2007.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1574.
  • The church was in the rural Goscote deanery (second portion).

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Keyham is a village, a township and was, for centuries, a chapelry 7 miles east of Leicester. The parish covers just over 912 acres.

The village is an attractive place. The village has not changed much in the last 100 years. The land around the village has been mostly pasture for centuries. If you are planning a visit:

  • There are some pictures of the parish at the Flikr site, including one of All Saints' Church.
  • There is a local parish walk. Information is at the Leicester County site.
  • Parking in the village is limited. If you park in the Pub's lot (below), be sure to get permission of the landlord.
  • By automobile, take the A47 east out of Leicester city past Skeffington.
You can see pictures of Keyham which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Mention of Keyham can be found as early as the 11th century.
  • You may be able to view historic photos at the Francis Frith site, but there is little or no family history information in the books.
  • Stop by "The Dog and Gun" Public House and ask about their history.
  • Stephen POINTER has a photograph of the Dog and Gun Public House on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2010.
  • These are the names associated with the Dog and Gun in various directories:
Year  Person
1849 Michael WILDBORE, schoolmaster
1855 Michael WILDBORE, schoolmaster
1881 Michael WILDBORE
1908 Leonard WARD
1912 Leonard WARD
1925 Ernest TUNNCLIFF


  • Keyham Hall was the residence of Herbert BAXTER in 1912.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK670065 (Lat/Lon: 52.652101, -1.011039), Keyham which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • Keyham was formed as a Civil Parish in December, 1866. This means that Civil Registration records will probably be found under Rothley prior to 1866.
  • The parish lies in the East Goscote Hundred in the eastern division of the county.
  • Check the Parish Meeting site to see what is happening locally.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Leicester petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Billesdon Poorlaw Union.
  • In 1877, Mrs. Freeman left a small charity which produced about £13 a year, circa 1911, which was distributed among the poor by the churchwardens.


 >Year Inhabitants
1801 177
1811 207
1821 210
1841 184
1851 144
1901 119
1911 121
1971 124


  • A County Council School was built here in 1885 to hold 40 children and 14 infants. This school is now the Keyham Lodge School on Keyham Lane, LE5 1FG, tele: 0116 2416852.