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Kibworth Beauchamp

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Description in 1877:
"Kibworth Beauchamp is a large and well-built village, pleasantly situated on an emminence, 6 miles N.N.W. of Market Harborough, and 9 miles S.E. by S. of Leicester on and near the turnpike road between those towns. Its township contains 1238 acres of land and 1015 inhabitants; but its parish which includes Kibworth Harcourt and Smeeton Westerby, comprises 3,220 acres of land, and in 1871 contained 1,975 persons. The two villages of Kibworth Beauchamp and Harcourt adjoin each other, and that of Smeeton Westerby is about a mile to the south. The parish is in the Market Harborough Union and County Court District, and Gartree Hundred. Many of the inhabitants are framework-knitters, employed chiefly in weaving worsted stockings for the Leicester manufacturers. The Leicester and London Railway, which was opened in 1856, passes through the parish, and has a station at Kibworth Beauchamp. The Union Canal traverses the western side of the parish, and passes under a hill about 1 1/2 miles S.W. of the village by a tunnel more than half a mile in length."
[WHITE's "History Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland," 3rd Edition (1877)]

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Archives & Libraries

The Kibworth Community Library in Paget Street is a branch of the Leicester County Council Library System. It is open 5 days each week (verify by phone if you are visiting).

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Cemeteries

  • A cemetery of 4 and 3/4 acres was set aside in May 1893 and was under the control of a burial board for the parish council.  The first burial took place in August 1893.
     
  • The cemetery is on the north side of Harborough Road.
     
  • The Lychgate was completed by Edward MASON between July and October 1894.
     
  • Only Kibworth residents are allowed to be buried at the cemetery.
     
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Census

  • The parish was in the Market Harborough sub-district of the Market Harborough 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 / 2250 & 2251
1871 R.G. 10 / 3226
1891 R.G. 12 / 2492
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Wilfred (spelling variations abound).
     
  • The church tower was rebuilt in 1828.
     
  • The church underwent several improvements in 1860-1863.
     
  • Tim GLOVER has a photograph of St Wilfrid's Church, on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2018.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of St Wilfrid's Church, on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2013.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1574.
     
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Gartree (second portion).
     
  • The Wesleyan Methodists and the Wesleyan Reformers each had chapels here prior to 1881.
     
  • The Kibworth and District Chronicle has published articles on The History of Kibworth Harcourt Congregational Chapel and Kibworth Methodist Church on its 150th anniversary in 1996/7.
     
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Civil Registration

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

Kibworth Beauchamp is a parish and a town in Leicestershire. It is 9 miles south-east of Leicester city and 6 miles north-west of Market Harborough. There were two townships in the parish; Kibworth Harcourt and Smeeton Westerby. This second township became a separate parish in 1866. The parish covers about 1,168 acres. The Grand Union Canal passes along the southern edge of the old parish boundary.

The village sits astride the Grand Union Canal. There has been a great deal of new-home construction in the village in recent years. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, it is probably easiest to take the A6 trunk road south-east out of Leicester city for about 9 miles.
     
  • Rail service to the parish ceased in 1968.
     
  • Tim GLOVER has a photograph of the Old Railway Station on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2018.
     
You can see pictures of Kibworth Beauchamp which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Kibworth Beauchamp 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

  • Kibworth was once a market town.
     
  • In 1270 Walter de Merton, the founder of Merton College, Oxford, bought a large part of the parish, and the college remains owner of much of that land today.
     
  • In the 1800s and early 1900s most parish workers were frame-work knitters of worsted stockings.
     
  • Most of the land in the parish was given over to pasturage.
     
  • There is a photograph of the old Ansells Pub, now the "Coach and Horses", on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2010.
     
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Manors

  • Kibworth Hall is a large red-brick manor house with excellent views around the county.
     
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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP683937 (Lat/Lon: 52.536888, -0.994462), Kibworth Beauchamp which are provided by:

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Military Records

There is one Commonwealth War Grave in Kibworth Cemetery from WWI and 3 from World War II.

The Commonwealth War Graves in the churchyard are for (data from www.cwgc.org):

Name Rank Unit Died Family
Charles William ARMSON Ldg. Aircraftman RAF Vol. Rsrv. 23 Sept.1944 Husband of Kate Elizabeth ARMSON
Geoffrey GRANGER Sergeant RAF Vol. Rsrv. 13 Feb.1946 Son of Charlie and Ellen GRANGER.
Bertie PELL private 2nd Bn., Leicestershire Regt. 26 June 1915 Son of George and Emma PELL.
Roderick Alfred SEDGLEY Flying Officer RAF 04 July 1943 Husband of Winifred SEDGLEY.
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Newspapers

  • The village has an award-winning newsletter that goes out to each household in the village 10 times a year. Copies of the Kibworth and District Chronicle may be available in local libraries. If you live in the UK, you can subscribe to the newsletter and it will be mailed to you.
     
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Politics & Government

  • The place was an ancient parish in Leicester county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
     
  • The parish is in the ancient Gartree Hundred in the southern division of the county.
     
  • In April, 1935, there were two boundary adjustments with Market Harborough parish that enlarged the parish by about 9 acres overall.
     
  • District governance is provided by the Harborough District Council.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Market Harborough petty session hearings held every other Tuesday.
     
  • In 1777 Miss Ann TOZER left a bequest of £195. The interest was used as an annual gift to the poor.
     
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Market Harborough Poorlaw Union.
     
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Population

Year Inhabitants
1801 1,232
1821 1,372
1841 1,740
1871 1,015
1881 1,123
1891 1,003
1901 1,157
1911 1,361
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Schools

  • A Free Grammar School was rebuilt in 1725. It was run by the Anglican church. New buildings were built in 1887. Girls were admitted as students in 1907.
     
  • Andrew TATLOW has a photograph of the Old Grammar School on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2006.
     
  • A National School (Public Elementary School) was built here in 1842.
     
  • A Council School for infants was built here in 1907.