North Kilworth


Description in 1871:
"KILWORTH (NORTH), a village and a parish in Lutterworth district, Leicester. The village stands near the Grand Union canal, the river Avon, and the boundary with Northampton, ½ a mile W of Welford r. station and 5 E by S of Lutterworth; and has a post office under Rugby. The parish comprises 2,230 acres. Real property, £4,287. Pop., 409. Houses, 96. The property is subdivided. The manor belongs to Sir Alexander Dixie. The parish is a meet for the Pytchley hounds. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Valne, £583. Patrons, the Representatives of the late Capt. Belgrave. The church was restored, and partly rebuilt, in 1865; has a low tower, with a spire; and contains a new carved oak lectern, and a new stone and marble font. There are a national school, and charities £28."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72



Ian ROB has a photograph of Saint Andrew's Churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2006.



  • The parish was in the Lutterworth sub-district of the Lutterworth 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.
1841 H.O. 107 / 598
1861 R.G. 9 / 2245
1871 R.G. 10 / 3222
1891 R.G. 12 / 2489



Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Andrew.
  • The church is listed in many Directories of the late 1800s and early 1900s as being dedicated to St. Clement. The author of this page believes those to be in error.
  • The church was originally Early Norman and was built in the 13th century.
  • The church was restored and partly rebuilt in 1865.
  • The church seats 230.
  • John SALMON has a photograph of St. Andrew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2013.
  • JColin PARK also has a photograph of St. Andrew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2016.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1554.
  • The church is a member of the Avon-Swift group of eleven churches in the Deanery of Guthlaxton.
  • The Baptists built a chapel here in 1856, then replaced it with a larger building in 1896.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Lutterworth sub-district of the Lutterworth Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

North Kilworth is a parish and a village 4 miles east of Lutterworth and 1.5 miles west of Husbands Bosworth. It is also 13 miles south of Leicester city. The parish lies in the Laughton Hills region of South Leicestershire, close to the River Avon (which forms the border with Northamptonshire) and covers 2,099 acres.

The land around the village has been mostly pasture for centuries. The village is a mix of old and new housing. There are no shops in North Kilworth, only a petrol station which serves basic amenities and a post office. If you are planning a visit:

  • Stanford Reservoir stands about three miles south of the village.
  • By automobile, take the M1 to the south edge of Lutterworth and turn east at Junction 20 onto the A427. Just after Walcote, take the road to the right and follow it out to North Kilworth. Watch out for the speed cameras!
  • The new bypass, the A4304, is designed to take you around the village and the web page author is not familiar with the exits and entrances from this road.
  • The Kilworth Springs Golf Course is about 1.5 miles southwest of the village.
  • For overnight stays, consider the Kilworth House Hotel.
  • Hikers might enjoy a view of the Grand Junction Canal from the North Kilworth Wharf on Station Road.
  • Stephen McKAY has a photograph of Kilworth Wharf on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2006.
  • There is a caravan park at the Kilworth Caravan Park on Lutterworth Road.
  • Ian ROB has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2013. Drop in during open hours and request a schedule of forth-coming events.
  • You can take a Photo tour of the village.
You can see pictures of North Kilworth which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • In the 1800s many parishioners were farmers.
  • The North Kilworth Heritage Project is underway to survey the site of the old Manor House (now a Millennium Green) and the old Washpit site.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of The White Lion pub on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2014.
  • These are the names associated with The White Lion Inn in various directories:
Year  Person
1849 -- Not Listed --
1881 James Richard SHAVE
1912 Henry SPIERS
1925 Henry SPIERS


  • The site of the "Old Hall" was to the northwest of the church, enclosed on three sides by a moat 18 feet wide and three feet deep, with further earthworks.
  • Kilworth House was the residence of Coronel John Bertie Norreys ENTWISLE in 1912. He had been the High Sheriff of Leicestershire in 1888.


  • You can view an online map at the Axcis site.
  • And get a street map at Streetmap.com.
  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP616836 (Lat/Lon: 52.446899, -1.095093), North Kilworth which are provided by:


Military History

  • A cross was erected near the church in 1920 as a memorial to the men who had fallen in the Great War.
  • Chris SHAW has a photograph of the War Memorial near the square on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2005.
  • John SALMON has a photograph of a War Memorial in the church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2013.
  • This parish was home to a number of the BELGRAVEs who served in the Royal Army or Royal Navy.

Military Records

In 1890, Lieut.-Col. Dacres T. C. BELGRAVE was a member of the staff at the Royal Military Academy.  He died 3 Jun 1930.


Names, Geographical

  • In the 1086 Domesday Book the name is given as Chivelesiorde or Chivelesworde. In "-iorde" you can recognize the origin of "-worth". The personal name "Ceofel" is the origin of "Kil", giving us the village and parish name of Kilworth.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicestershire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish lies in the Guthlaxton Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • You can contact the local Parish Council, but they do not have the resources to assist with family history questions.
  • District governance is provided by the Harborough District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Lutterworth Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Lutterworth Petty Session court hearings.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 298
1821 391
1841 422
1871 434
1881 443
1891 428
1901 413
1911 405
1921 375
1991 537


  • A National School was built here in 1847 to hold 105 children, but average attendance in the early 1900s was less than half that.
  • St. Andrew's CofE Primary School is on Dag Lane. Tele: 01858 880430.