Description in 1871:
"PECKLETON, a village and a parish in Market-Bosworth district, Leicester. The village stands 2¾ miles S W of Desford r. station, and 4¼ S E of Market-Bosworth. The parish contains also the hamlet of Tooley-Park; and its post town is Hinckley. Acres, with Knoll and Bassett-House extra-parochial tract, 2,020. Real property, £4,374. Pop. of P. alone, 378. Houses, 75. The property is much subdivided. The manor belongs to Lord Lovelace. P. Hall is the seat of T. Jee, Esq.; and P. House, of Mrs. Mayne. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £474. Patron, the Rev. T. E. Chataway. The church is old but good, and has a tower and spire. Charities, £5."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales." 1870-72



John SALMON has a photograph of the graveyard pathway at St. Mary's Church, on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2016. You can see that some of the grave markers have been moved to line the pathway.



  • The parish was in the Market Bosworth sub-district of the Market Bosworth 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 / 600
1861 R.G. 9 / 2264
1871 R.G. 10 / 3240
1891 R.G. 12 / 2506

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene.
  • The church appears to date from the 15th century.
  • The church was restored in 1869.
  • The church is located just south of the village centre.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of St. Mary Magdalene Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2008.
  • John SALMON also has a photograph of St. Mary Magdalene Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2016.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1568.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Sparkenhoe (second portion).

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Peckleton is a village and a parish which lie about 8 miles west of Leicester and 6 miles northeast of Hinckley. The parish covers about 2,180 acres and includes the village of Kirkby Mallory and the hamlet of Tooley Park.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Most of the village lies along the main road, but the name of the road changes several times along the space of two miles.
  • Glebe fisheries is an angling centre completed in 1996.
  • By automobile, Peckleton lies in the "V" between the A47 and the A447 main roads.
  • Michael PATTERSON has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2006.
  • J. THOMAS also has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2013.
You can see pictures of Peckleton which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The village is known for the Peckleton Hounds, bred at the top of the hill.


  • Peckleton Hall was the seat of Thomas Wightman JEE in 1912.
  • John WELFORD has a photograph of Peckleton Hall on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2015.


  • The national grid co-ordinates are SK 4701.
  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK470008 (Lat/Lon: 52.602961, -1.30746), Peckleton which are provided by:


Military History

  • Inside the church is a wooden battlefield cross to sapper George William Faulkner FALLODOWN, originally fixed to the family gravestone in the churchyard. It was moved inside the church and rededicated in July 2007. FALLODOWN died 28th June 1918 aged 23.
  • On the south wall of the church there is a brass plate bearing the names of the men connected with this parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18.
  • Volunteers cleaned the War Memorial in 2013 so that the names were again legible.
  • There are only two names listed on the War Memorial brass plaque inside St. Mary Magdalene Church.
  • Lt.-Col. James Farish Malcolm FAWCETT resided at Peckleton House in 1925. The Colonel was a noted Lepidopterist.

Military Records

The names listed on the brass plate in the church for World War I are for:

Name Rank Unit Died Other info.
Robert Walker COULTHARD sergeant 4th Batn., Australian Machine Gun Corps. 12 April 1917 Age 27
Leopold George Frederick E. FAWCETT captain Royal Scots Fusiliers 6 Nov. 1917 Age 28, born India

Politics & Government

  • The parish is in the ancient Sparkenhoe Hundred in the western division of the county.
  • You may contact the Parish Council regarding civic and political issues, but they will NOT perform family history look-ups for you.
  • The parish council serves the people of Peckleton, Kirkby Mallory and Stapleton.
  • The Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council provide district governance.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Market Bosworthpetty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Market Bosworth Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 290
1851 399
1861 378
1901 266
1911 239
1971 947


  • The Public Elementary School was built in 1876 to hold 49 children.