Description in 1887:
"Lockington.-- par., township, and vil., Leicestershire - par., 2,135 ac., pop. 555; township, pop. 175; vil., 7½ m. NW. of Loughborough; P.O.; in vicinity is the seat of Lockington Hall."
[John BARTHOLOMEW's "Gazetteer of the British Isles," 1887]



  • The parish was in the Castle Donington subdistrict of the Shardlow 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 / 2488
1891 R.G. 12 / 2719

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church for Lockington is dedicated to Saint Nicholas (some sources give "St. Mary").
  • The church was built here in the 13th century in the Early English and Decorated styles.
  • The church tower was added in the 15th century.
  • The church seats 500.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Nicholas' Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2013.
  • Trevor RICKARD also has a photograph of St. Nicholas Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2011.
  • The church at Hemington village stood empty and unused for 500 years.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of Hemington church ruins on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2013.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1557.
  • The churches were in the rural deanery of West Akeley.
  • A small Methodist chapel stood in Hemington.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Castle Donington subdistrict of the Shardlow registration district.

Description & Travel

Lockington is a village, a township and a parish 122 miles north of London, just 3 miles north-west of Kegworth and due north of the East Midlands Airport. The parish also includes the township of Hemington.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the M1 motorway to Kegworth where it crosses the A6 trunk road. Lockington is just north-west of that intersection.
  • Ian CALDERWOOD has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2015.  Stop in when they are open and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.
You can see pictures of Lockington which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Lockington Hall was the residence of John Bainbridge STORY in 1849.
  • The Hall was rebuilt around 1880 in the Italian style, with terraces.
  • Trevor RICKARD has a photograph of the Entrance to Lockington Hall on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2011.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK467280 (Lat/Lon: 52.847486, -1.308031), Lockington which are provided by:


Military History

In Lockington, the War Memorial is a marble plaque mounted on the wall in the parish church, on the west side of the south aisle, with black inscription and border, with cross and crown within carved wreath at top. Mounted on grey stone background. It contains the names of eight men from the parish who perished in World War One.

In Hemington, the War Memorial for both World Wars is a stone cross on a four tiered base. Inscription in centre of cross with names on base below. There are nine names listed. In St. Nicholas churchyard there are 3 Commonwealth War Graves, all from World War I.

David LALLY has a photograph of the Hemington War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.



Names, Geographical

  • Although the official name of the parish is "Lockington", the preferred name is Lockington Hemington. This avoids confusion with the Yorkshire parish.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicester county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient West Goscote Hundred in the northern division of the county.
  • The parish covered 2,135 acres in 1881, but was reduced to 1,870 by 1891. In 1936, it increased to 3,309 acres.
  • In March, 1884, the parish was enlarged by gaining part (Cliff Farm) of Sawley and Wilsthorpe parish.
  • In April, 1936, the parish was enlarged by gaining all of Hemington Civil Parish when that parish was abolished.
  • In April, 1965, the parish border was altered by losing 13 acres to Breaston parish and gaining a 21 acre portion of Shardlow and Great Wilne parish.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but, be aware, they are NOT funded to perform family history searches for you.
  • District governance is provided by the North West Leicestershire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • The Common Land in Hemington was enclosed in 1789.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, Lockington became part of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Loughborough petty session hearings every Wednesday.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 573
1841 617
1871 149
1881 175
1891 219
1901 155
1911 143
1921 151
1961 529
2001 556


  • A School Board was formed in 1878 and a County Council School built that same year. The parish school was in Hemington.
  • Christine JOHNSTONE has a photograph of Hemington School on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2010.