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Long Whatton

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Description in 1871:
"WHATTON (Long), a parish, with a village, in Loughborough district, Leicester; 2¾ miles W by N of Hathern r. station, and 4½ NW of Loughborough. Post town, Loughborough. Acres, 2,050. Real property, £4,514. Pop., 779. Houses, 188. The manor belongs to E. F. Dawson, Esq. W. House is the seat of W. Martin, Esq. Framework knitting is carried on. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £380. Patron, the Lord Chancellor - The church was restored in 1866. There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels, a national school, and charities £5."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-1872]

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Census

  • The parish was in the Loughborough sub-district 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:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2276
1871 R.G. 10 / 3258
1891 R.G. 12 / 2517
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
     
  • The church was built in the Old English style some time before 1545.
     
  • The church was partially restored in 1850.
     
  • The church was thoroughly restored and partially rebuilt in 1866.
     
  • The church seats 350.
     
  • Geoff PICK has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2003.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the All Saints Lych Gate on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1545 and is in nearly perfect condition.
     
  • The church is in the rural deanery of East Akeley.
     
  • The General Baptists had a chapel founded here in 1799.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Baptist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007.
     
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here before 1849.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007.
     
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Civil Registration

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

Long Whatton is a substantial village and a parish. It is near the River Soar and south of the East Midlands Airport. The parish lies 114 miles north of London, 4.5 miles north-west of Loughborough and 16.5 miles north of Leicester city. The parish covered about 1,900 acres, most of which was pasture for sheep and cattle.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, Long Whatton is off Junctions 23 and 23A of the M1 motorway.
     
  • In the neighborhood is Charnwood Forest.
     
You can see pictures of Long Whatton which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Long Whatton 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

  • This place was once mostly pasture and small farms.
     
  • In the 1800s and early 1900s, many inhabitants of the parish were frame-work knitters.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Royal Oak public house on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007.
     
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Manors

  • Whatton House was the seat of Edward DAWSON, the lord of the manor in the mid 1880s. The mansion sat on the west bank of the River Soar.
     
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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
     

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK481229 (Lat/Lon: 52.801521, -1.287995), Long Whatton which are provided by:

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Military History

Long Whatton's War Memorial is located on The Green, outside the Primary School. It lists those who died in the two World Wars.

The Memorial is a Cornish granite wheel cross on plinth surmounting two tiered base. Inscription on front of plinth and on tablet leaning in front of base. Unveiled 20th February 1921 by Right Hon Lord CRAWSHAW.

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Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in the county of Leicester. It became a Civil Parish when those were established.
     
  • The parish was in the ancient West Goscote Hundred in the western (or northern) division of the county.
     
  • In the early 1800s, the parish covered about 1,900 acres, mostly farmland and pasturage. By 1881 that increased to 2,050 acres.
     
  • On 1 April, 1936, the Civil Parish underwent several changes: 1,936 acres were added by the abolition of Diseworth Civil Parish, 11 acres were added by the abolition of Hathern Civil Parish and 773 acres were gained from part of Shepshed Civil Parish. Thus the parish then covered 4,796 acres.
     
  • You may contact the current Long Whatton and Diseworth Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they will NOT help you with family history searches.
     
  • District governance is provided by the North West Leicestershire District Council.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Loughborough petty session hearings each Wednesday.
     
  • William LANE's annual charity provided £5 for bread for the poor.
     
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Loughborough Poor Law Union.
     
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Population

 Year Inhabitants
1801 612
1821 820
1841 842
1871 756
1881 702
1891 638
1901 537
1911 571
1921 604
1931 587
1961 1,247
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Schools

  • A Public Elementary School (Free School) was built here in 1850 by Edward DAWSON, Esq. It was enlarged in 1910.