Description in 1871:
"MEDBOURNE, a village, a township, and a parish in the district of Uppingham and county of Leicester. The village stands on a rivulet near its influx to the river Welland at the boundary with Northamptonshire, and under a hill near the site of a Roman station on the Via Devana, 1 mile NNE of Medbourne-Bridge r. station, and 6¼ NE of Market-Harborough; and has a post office under Market-Harborough. The township extends beyond the village, over. the greater part of the parish. Real property, £3,517. Pop., 580. Houses, 119. The parish includes also the township of Holt. Pop. of the whole, 613. Houses, 128. The property is divided among a. few. The manor belongs to Cosmo Nevill, Esq. A Roman pavement, coins, pottery, and other relics have been found at Medenborough, the site of the Roman station. The living is a rectory, united with the chapelry of Holt, in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £630. Patron, St. John's College, Cambridge. The church is old but good; and consists of nave, S aisle, transepts, and chancel, with a tower. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a free school with £32 a year from endowment, and charities £56"
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales", 1870-72



  • The parish was in the Great Easton subdistrict of the Uppingham 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 / 2309
1891 R.G. 12 / 2550

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Giles.
  • The original construction date is the thirteenth century.
  • The church chancel was rebuilt in 1875.
  • Other portions of the church were restored or rebuilt in 1880.
  • The church was restored again in 1912.
  • The church seats 200.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of St Giles Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2013.
  • David THOMPSON also has a photograph of St Giles Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2015.
  • A Mission Hall was built in the village around 1875.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1588.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Gartree (third portion).
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here before 1849.
  • The Congregationalists built a chapel here in 1870.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Medbourne is a parish, a township and a village about 86 miles north of London, 7.5 miles southwest of Uppingham (in Rutland county) and 6.5 miles northeast of Market Harborough and 18 miles south-east of Leicester city. The parish is bounded on the south by the River Welland which is flowing east to The Wash. The parish covers 1,856 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B664 arterial road south-west out of Uppingham or north-east out of Market Harborough.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007.
You can see pictures of Medbourne which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Medbourne village sits on the north edge of the old Roman Road that runs to Leicester city.
  • Ian TAYLOR has a photograph of the Neville Arms Pub. on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2018.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP798932 (Lat/Lon: 52.530843, -0.824661), Medbourne which are provided by:


Military History

  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of Leviathan Wood on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2013. This was planted on the Nevill Holt Estate in 2005, to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar 1805.
  • In the centre of the village is a memorial, erected in 1920 to the men of this parish who fell in the Great War.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007.
  • There are two Commonwealth War Graves in St. Giles churchyard from World War I.

Military Records

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

Name Rank Unit Died Family
Arthur Albert BUNNING Private 2nd Regt., South African Infantry 05 Aug. 1917 Age 30, probably the son of Thomas and Ellen BUNNING.
Christopher Frost SEARCY Private 4th Btn Royal Field Artillery 16 Dec. 1916 Son of George SEARCY; husband of Margaret SEARCY.

Politics & Government

  • The parish was in the southern division of the county in the ancient Gartree Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • The parish included the chapelry of Holt.
  • The parish covered 2,560 acres in 1881, but was reduced to 1,856 acres by 1891.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT funded to provide family history searches for you.
  • Richard WILLIAMS has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007. After you read the notices on the notice board, ask to see the schedule of forth-coming events.
  • District governance is provided by the Harborough District council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Market Harborough petty session hearings held every other Tuesday.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Uppingham Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 496
1841 534
1871 488
1881 556
1891 428
1901 427
1911 393
1921 380
1931 352
1951 398
1961 374


  • The Free School operated in the church in 1849.
  • A new Public Elementary School was built and given to the parish by the Rev. L. P. BAKER in 1868. This school was enlarged in 1912 to hold 125 children.
  • Robert HARVEY has a photograph of the Old school on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2016. In this case, the Old School is the one built in 1868.