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Description in 1887:
"Leire, par. and vil., Leicestershire, 4 miles NW. of Lutterworth, 828 ac., pop. 286; P.O."
John BARTHOLOMEW, "Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887)"

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Census

  • The parish was in the Lutterworth sub-district of the Lutterworth 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.
1841 H.O. 107 / 598
1851 H.O. 107 / 2089
1861 R.G. 9 / 2246
1871 R.G. 10 / 3222
1891 R.G. 12 / 2489
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Peter.
     
  • The church is Early English and was first built around 1500.
     
  • The church was rebuilt in 1868.
     
  • The church seats 200.
     
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the St .Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2011.
     
  • John SALMON also has a photograph of St .Peter Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2013.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1559.
     
  • The church was in the rural Guthlaxton deanery (second portion).
     
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1863.
     
  • Ian ROB has a photograph of the former Methodists chapel on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2015. It appears to have been converted to residential use.
     
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Civil Registration

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

Leire is a parish and a village 4 miles north-northwest of Lutterworth. The parish covers just over 1,100 acres.

The land around the village has been mostly pasture for centuries. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A426 north out of Lutterworth and turn left at Dunton Bassett.
     
  • Ian ROB has a photograph of the Leire Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2015. Stop by when the Hall is open and ask for a chedule of forth-coming events..
     
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2007. You should offer your artistic services to enhance the signage.
     
You can see pictures of Leire which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Leire 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

  • Ian ROB has a photograph of The White Horse Inn on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2015..
     
  • These are the names associated with The White Horse Inn in various directories:  
Year  Person
1849 William LADKIN, graz.
1863 Sarah PEBERDY
1881 Frederick GRAZIER
1912 Frederick GRAZIER
1925 Ernest Edwin H. PICKERING
  • Ian ROB also has a photograph of the Queens Arms Public House on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2006..
     
  • These are the names associated with The Queens Arms Inn in various directories:  
Year  Person
1849 -- Not listed --
1863 William LADKIN, graz.
1881 William MONK, farmer
1912 William MONK
1925 William MONK
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Manors

  • The author found no mention of a manor house in the Leicestershire directories of 1881 and 1912.
     
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Maps

  • You can view an online map at the Axcis site.
     
  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
     

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP525899 (Lat/Lon: 52.504479, -1.227979), Leire which are provided by:

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Military History

In the churchyard is a memorial, erected in 1921, to the men of the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18.

There is one Commonwealth War Grave in St. Peter's churchyard from World War One.

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Military Records

This is the lone Commonwealth War Grave (data from www.CWGC.org):

Name Rank Unit Died Family
Raymond Simpkin JARVIS private Leicestershire Yeomanry 13 April 1916 Age 20, son of Thomas Edward and Eliza JARVIS,
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Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicestershire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
     
  • The parish lies in the Guthlaxton Hundred in the southern division of the county.
     
  • In November, 1877, a portion of the parish was added to the parish of Ashby Parva.
     
  • In November, 1877, a portion of Kimcote parish was ceded to this parish.
     
  • You may contact the local Parish Council to discuss civic or political issues, but they can NOT assist you with family history searches..
     
  • Disctrict governance is provided by the Harborough District Council..
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Lutterworth petty session hearings every other Thursday.
     
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Lutterworth Poorlaw Union.
     
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Population

 Year Inhabitants
1801 347
1841 406
1871 354
1881 286
1891 283
1901 239
1911 279
1921 298
1931 305
1961 347
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Schools

  • A National School was built here in 1874 for 60 children. This is also listed as a Public Elementary School and a Church of England School.