Knight Thorpe


Description in 1871:
"KNIGHT-THORPE, a township in Loughborough parish, Leicester; near Loughborough. Real property, £1,533. Pop., 58. Houses, 12."
[John Marius WILSON's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72]



  • Knight Thorpe was in the Loughborough subdistrict of the Loughborough 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.
1841 H.O. 107 / 595
1861 R.G. 9 / 2275
1871 R.G. 10 / 3257
1891 R.G. 12 / 2516

Church History

  • The web page author could find no history of a church or churches in Knight Thorpe.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1653.
  • The Anglican parish church was in the rural deanery of Goscote (second portion).
  • Knight Thorpe is known for its lovely Methodist Church on Knight Thorpe Road, just off the A6 trunk road.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.
  • Knight Thorpe was in the Loughborough subdistrict of the Loughborough registration district.
  • Certificates of birth, death and marriage can be obtained from the Superintendent Registrar at Leicestershire Central

Description & Travel

Knight Thorpe is a township and an ancient chapelry in Leicestershire. The parish is 118 miles north of London and just 2 miles northeast from Loughborough. The parish covered 419 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the B675 arterial road passes through the village just north of Barrow on Soar.
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Historical Geography

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



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK537196 (Lat/Lon: 52.771331, -1.205481), Knight Thorpe which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place was long a township in Loughborough parish in Leicestershire, but was incorporated as a separate Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The parish was in the ancient West Goscote Hundred in the northern division of the county.
  • In March, 1891, the Civil Parish was reduced in size to enlarge both Garendon Civil Parish and Loughborough Civil Parish.
  • In October, 1902, the Civil Parish was abolished and the land ceeded back to Loughborough Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Loughborough petty session hearings each Wednesday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, Knight Thorpe became part of the Loughborough Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1871 71
1881 65
1891 73
1901 126