Description in 1871:
"Maplewell, a township and a chapelry in Barrow-upon-Soar parish Leicester. The township lies 3¾ miles S of Loughborough r. s ion, and contains a village of its own name. Post town, Loughborough. Acres, 2,770. Real property, £5,402. Pop., 1,205. Houses, 283. The manor belongs to W. P. Herrick, Esq. The chapelry is less extensive than the township. Pop., 1,163. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £140. Patron, the Vicar of Barrow-upon-Soar. The church was built in 1338, and restored in 1858. There are an endowed school with £239 a year, and charities £10."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales", 1870-72]



  • Maplewell was in the the Quorndon sub-district of the Barrow-on-Soar 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 / 2280
1871 R.G. 10 / 3264

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was Saint Paul's Church in Woodhouse Eaves.
  • The church was originally built in 1837.
  • St. Paul's Church was completely restored in 1880.
  • The church seats 300.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of St. Paul's Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2007.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1844.
  • The church would have been in the East Akeley deanery.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.
  • Maplewell was in the the Quorndon subdistrict of the Barrow-on-Soar registration district.

Description & Travel

Maplewell is a village and a parish in eastern Leicestershire near the Charnwood Forest. The parish was 4 miles south of Loughborough and 9 miles north-west of Leicester city.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A6 trunk road north out of Leicester and turn west (left) at Quorndon onto the B591. Follow that for about a mile into Maplewell.
You can see pictures of Maplewell which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • There are references to a Maplewell Hall, but no description in the old directories.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK524132 (Lat/Lon: 52.714108, -1.226499), Maplewell which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient hamlet in Woodhouse parish in ancient Leicester county and was incorporated as a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • Maplewell was also a precinct in Woodhouse township.
  • On 1 April, 1884, this parish was abolished and amalgamated into Woodhouse Civil Parish.
  • The parish was in the ancient West Goscote Hundred in the Mid division of the county.
  • You can contact the local Woodhouse Parish Council concerning political and social issues. They are not staffed to assist with family history searches.
  • The parish is part of the Charnwood Borough Council for district governance.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, Maplewell became part of the Barrow-upon-Soar Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Loughborough petty sessional hearings.


Year Inhabitants
1841 28
1871 13
1881 20


  • Maplewell Hall School is in Maplewell Road. Phone: 01509-890237.
  • The school has its own website, but there is no history nor any student records online. The school does have a museum.