Description in 1871:
"LOWESBY, a village, a township and a parish in Billesdon district, Leicester. The township lies 3¾ miles N by E of Billesdon, and 7½ ESE of Syston r. station. Real property, £2,502. Pop., 121. Houses, 20. The parish contains also the township of Cold Newton; and its post town is Billesdon, under Leicester. Acres, 2,350. Real property, £4,945. Pop., 259. Houses, 46. The property is divided among a few. The manor, with Lowesby Hall, belongs to Sir F. T. Fowke, Bart. The living is a Vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £105. Patron, Sir F. T. Fowke, Bart. The church is ancient but good, and has a tower. Charities, £16."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72



  • The parish was in the Billesdon subdistrict of the Billesdon 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 / 2253
1871 R.G. 10 / 3227
1891 R.G. 12 / 2494

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church is ancient, at least 600 years old. Traces of the original church building exist.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1868.
  • The church seats 250.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2007.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1653.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Goscote (first portion).

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Billesdon subdistrict of the Billesdon Registration District.

Description & Travel

Lowesby was a small village and a parish. It is 10 miles east of Leicester city and 4 miles north of Billesdon. The parish covers 1,424 acres and includes the hamlet of Cold Newton. The Lowesby stream runs through the parish.

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

  • By automobile, take the B6047 arterial south out of Melton Mobray. Turn right (west) at Lowesby village.
  • Watch for the SIGN! Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the village sign as you approach Lowesby from the south, on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2007.
You can see pictures of Lowesby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



The medieval village of Lowesby was about one mile northwest of the current village of Lowesby.



  • Lowesby Hall was built of brick and stood in a 100-acre park.
  • Lowesby Hall was the residence of Sir Frederick FOUKE, baronet and lord of the manor, in 1849.
  • Stephen RICHARDS has a photograph of Lowesby Hall on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2003.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK724075 (Lat/Lon: 52.660397, -0.931011), Lowesby which are provided by:


Military History

In All Saints Churchyard there are 2 Commonwealth war graves from World War II.

In 1925 Lt.-Col. .A. M. B. GAGE was residing in Sludge Hall in Cold Newton.


Military Records

These are the fallen in the Commonwealth War Graves (data from www.CWGC.org):

Name Rank Unit Died Family
Frederick James Arthur GAMBLE Private 50th Bn., Leicestershire Regt. 10 June 1940 Son of Arthur and Florence May GAMBLE, of Cold Newton
Sir Edmund Keith NUTTALL Lieutenant Colonel 2nd Bn., Royal Engineers 31 Aug. 1941 Age 40. Husband of Lady NUTTALL (nee Burgess), of Lowesby.

Politics & Government

  • Lowesby was an ancient parish in Leicestershire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish lies in the East Goscote Hundred (or Wapentake) in the eastern division of the county.
  • The parish covered 2,350 acres in 1881, but this was reduced to 1,424 acres by 1891.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the East Norton petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Billesdon Poorlaw Union.


Some population figures given below may be for the township and not the parish (e.g. 1871).

 Year Inhabitants
1801 147
1811 190
1821 217
1831 231
1841 220
1851 243
1871 109
1881 142
1891 136
1901 235
1911 147
1921 118
1931 135
1961 39


  • The Church of England Schools were opened in July, 1876.