Leicester Forest West


Description in 1871:
"LEICESTER-FOREST (EAST and WEST), two extraparochial tracts in Blaby district, Leicestershire; from 2½ to 5 miles S of Leicester. Acres, about 700. Real property, £1,387. Pop., 82 and 51. Houses, 16 and 9. The property is divided chiefly among three.
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]



  • The parish was in the Enderby sub-district of the Blaby 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 / 601
1861 R.G. 9 / 2258
1871 R.G. 10 / 3234
1891 R.G. 12 / 2501

Church History

  • There was no Anglican parish church here for many centuries.
  • The inhabitants attended the churches at Kirby Muxloe, Brannstone and Thurlaston.

Church Records

  • It is unrecorded that any Anglican parish register entries exist.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Leicester Forest West is a hamlet and a small parish near Leicester city. It appears to be a small auto service area at the gateway to the National Forest.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the parish lies west off the M1 motorway just south of the junction with the A47.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of two residents of Leicester Forest West on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2013.
You can see pictures of Leicester Forest West which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • This was long a place popular with woodcutters and graziers.
  • Ihe land was principally in pasturage.
  • The hamlet is served by the Bull's Head pub.
  • Timothy GLOVER has a photograph of the Bull's Head pub. on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK498019 (Lat/Lon: 52.612221, -1.266003), Leicester Forest West which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place became a modern Civil Parish in 1858 as a result of population growth in the area.
  • The parish was in the Sparkenhoe Hundred (Wapentake) in the southern division of the county.
  • The parish is so thinly populated that they do not have a formal parish council. The citizens have periodic Parish Meetings to discuss civic and political issues.
  • District governance is provided by the Blaby District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Leicester petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Blaby Poorlaw Union when it became a parish.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 53
1841 44
1851 50
1871 34
1881 48
1891 45
1901 41
1911 41
1921 59


  • Students attended schools at Kirby Muxloe, Brannstone and Thurlaston.