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Marefield

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Description in 1871:
"MAREFIELD, a township in Tilton parish, Leicester; 7¼ miles SSW of Melton-Mowbray. Acres, 170. Real property, £934. Pop., 28. Houses, 6. The manor belongs to T. Hincks, Esq."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72"

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Census

  • 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:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2253
1871 R.G. 10 / 3227
1891 R.G. 12 / 2494
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Church History

  • The webpage author could find no evidence of a church in Marefield.
     
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Church Records

  • Parishioners attended the church in Tilton, so look there for church records.
     
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Civil Registration

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

Marefield was a village and a township in Tilton parish. It is 12 miles east of Leicester city and 1 mile from Tilton. The parish covers 520 acres.

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 Mowbray. Turn left (east) just before Lowesby village and drive out to Marefield village.
     
You can see pictures of Marefield which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Marefield 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

The parish was prime grazing land for sheep, cattle and goats.

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Manors

  • The webpage author could find no mention of a Manor House or Hall in Marefield.
     
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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
     

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK746079 (Lat/Lon: 52.663694, -0.898401), Marefield which are provided by:

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Names, Geographical

The parish is also recorded in some older records as "South Mardefield".

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Politics & Government

  • Marefield was a township in Tilton parish for centuries.
     
  • Marefield became a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
     
  • The parish lies in the Gartree Hundred (or Wapentake) in the eastern division of the county.
     
  • The citixens of Marefield have decided to forgo a formal Parish Council. Instead, they hold periodic Parish Meetings of the citizens to discuss civic and political issues.
     
  • Marefield has district governance via the Harborough District Council.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

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

 Year Inhabitants
1841 21
1871 23
1881 19
1891 25
1901 19
1911 17
1921 19
1931 21
1961 17