Description in 1871:
"PACKINGTON, a village and a parish in the district of Ashby-de-la-Zouch; the parish chiefly in Leicestershire, but partly in Derbyshire. The village stands ¾ of a mile E of the boundary with Derbyshire, and 1¼ S of Ashby-de-la-Zouch r. station; and has a post-office under Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The parish contains also the hamlet of Snibston, and part of the chapelry of Coalville; and comprises 2,020 acres in Leicestershire, and 340 in Derbyshire. Real property, £24,488; of which £18,502 are in mines. Pop. in 1851, 1,294; in 1861, 1,190. Houses, 242. The decrease of pop. was caused by migration ofcolliers. Pop. of the Derbyshire portion, 252. Houses, 57. The manor belongs to Lady Edith Hastings. The land and collieries of Snibston belong to a colliery company. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £330.* Patron, Lady Edith Hastings. The church is early English; has, at different times, been partly rebuilt; and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower. A very old chapel is in Snibston; and there are chapels for Baptists and Wesleyans, a free school, and charities £59."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]



  • The parish was in the the Whitwick subdistrict of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch 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 / 2271
1871 R.G. 10 / 3250
1891 R.G. 12 / 2512

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church for Packington is dedicated to the Holy Rood.
  • The church building apparently dates from at least 1220.
  • This chancel was restored in 1908.
  • The church seats 300.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of Packington Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1683 for baptisms and 1677 for burials.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Akeley (western division).
  • The Weslyean Methodists had a chapels built here in 1906.
  • Oliver MILLS has a photograph of the Methodist's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2015.
  • The Baptists had a chapel built here before 1912.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the the Whitwick subdistrict of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch district.

Correctional Institutions

Oliver MILLS has a photograph of the Packington Lockup on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2016. There are no reported records for this facility and most prisoners would be held for very short periods in such a lock-up.


Description & Travel

Packington is a village and a parish 17 miles northwest of Leicester and 1.5 miles south of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The parish covers 1,909 acres, but had covered 2.396 acres in 1891.

The village is in a fertile valley on a stream that feeds into the Soar River. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, pick up the A512 just east of Ashby-de-la-Zouch and head toward Loughborough. After you cross the A447, Packington is just off to the left.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the village sign on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2008.
  • P. L. CHADWICK has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2009. Stop in and request a schedule of forth-coming events.
You can see pictures of Packington which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • Neal THEASBY has a photograph of the Manor House on Geo-graph, taken in Sept, 2014.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK361148 (Lat/Lon: 52.729643, -1.466865), Packington which are provided by:


Military History

There is an oak plaque with white lettering in the parish church that is the Roll of Honour for those who served in World War I.


Politics & Government

  • Packington was not established as a Civil Parish until 1866.
  • The parish was in the ancient West Goscote Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • The parish was mostly in Leicestershire and partly in Derbyshire.
  • In March, 1884, this parish was reduced in size to enlarge Ravenstone parish with the hamlet of Snibstone.
  • In April, 1936, this parish was reduced by 487 acres to enlarge Ashby de la Zouch.
  • You can visit the Parish Council web site, but they will NOT do family history lookups for you.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Ashby-de-la-Zouch petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, Packington became part of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Poorlaw Union.


Year Inhabitants
1851 1,294
1861 1,190
1881 1,153
1891 489
1901 473
1911 443
1921 441
1931 508
1951 405
1961 433


  • A Public Elementary School (National School) was built here in 1893 to hold 130 students.