Newton Harcourt


Description in 1871:
"NEWTON-HARCOURT, a village and a township-chapelry in Wistow parish, Leicestershire. The village stands on the Union canal, near the river Soar, and near the Leicester and Hitchin railway, 1 mile W N W of Glen r. station, and 6½ S E by S of Leicester; and has a post-office under Leicester. The chapelry comprises 880 acres. Real property, £1,886. Pop., 207. Houses, 51. The manor belongs to Sir Henry Halford, Bart.; and the Manor House is the residence of H. St. John Halford, Esq. The living is a p. curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Wistow, in the diocese of Peterborough. The church stands near the Manor House, and has a low tower. Charities, £12."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72"



  • The churchyard was extended in 1875 by a gift of adjacent land given by Sir Henry St. John HALFORD, baronet.
  • Robin WEBSTER has a photograph of a Wooded corner of the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2017.
  • The churchyard is a bit overgrown, as can be seen in this photograph by Robin WEBSTER of a The churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2017.


  • 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 / 2254
1871 R.G. 10 / 3229
1891 R.G. 12 / 2495

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Luke.
  • The original date of construction is unreported.
  • The church is a small building made of stone with a low tower.
  • The silver plate in the church dates from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
  • The nave of the church was rebuilt in 1834.
  • The church seats about 200.
  • Richard WILLIAMS has a photograph of St. Luke's Church on geo-graph, taken in April, 2007.
  • Kate JEWELL also has a photograph of St. Luke's Church on geo-graph, taken in December, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1575.
  • The church is in the rural Gartree deanery (second portion).

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Newton Harcourt was a village, a chapelry and a township in Wistow parish. It is 7 miles south-east of Leicester city and 1 mile west from Great Glen. The parish, at its largest, covered 1,143 acres.

After 1936 the parish was often called "Newtown Harcourt". The land around the village has been mostly pasture for centuries. If you are planning a visit:

  • The Union Canal passes through Newton Harcourt village on its way from Leicester city to Market Harborough.
  • By automobile, take the A6 trunk road south-east out of Leicester city. After Wigston you will see Newton Harcourt village on your right.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign (two, actually) on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007.
You can see pictures of Newton Harcourt which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The Manor House was the residence of John Thomas RAWORTH in 1849.
  • Richard WILLIAMS has a photograph of the Manor House on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP639970 (Lat/Lon: 52.567084, -1.058689), Newton Harcourt which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • Newton Harcourt was a township in Wistow parish for centuries.
  • Newton Harcourt became a Civil Parish in late 1866.
  • The parish lies in the Gartree Hundred (or Wapentake) in the southern division of the county.
  • Newton Harcourt Civil Parish was abolished in April, 1936. 11 acres went to Oadby Civil Parish and the remaining 1,132 acres went to Wistow Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • The parish generated, in 1849, about £12 from letting out the poor land. This was distributed to the poor in bread or clothing.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Billesdon Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Leicester petty session hearings.


 Year Inhabitants
1841 378
1871 206
1881 185
1891 167
1901 154
1911 148
1921 138
1931 142


  • The Public Elementary School was built in 1866 for 50 children.
  • Children over the age of 11 went to school at Great Glen.