Description in 1871:
"Rolleston, a chapelry in Billesdon parish, Leicester; 1¾ mile S S E of Billesdon, and 5¾ N E of Kibworth r. station. Post-town, Billesdon, under Leicester. Pop., 42. Houses, 10. The manor, with R. Hall, belongs to Mrs. Heap. The living is annexed to the vicarage of Billesdon. The church is good; and on the S side of it is a well-preserved ancient cross."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72



Rolleston shares a public cemetery with Billesdon parish out on Uppingham Road.



  • 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 / 2253
1891 R.G. 12 / 2494

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to St. John the Baptist.
  • The church was built in Norman times (13th century).
  • The church was restored in 1740.
  • Timothy HEATON has a photograph of Church of St John the Baptist on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2020.
  • There is an ancient cross in the churchyard.
  • Rolleston chapel is a private chapel attached to Rolleston Hall. This tiny church seats 50.
  • Andrew TATLOW has a photograph of Rolleston Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1579.
  • The church was in the rural Gartree deanery (third portion).

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Rolleston was a village, a chapelry and a township in Billesdon parish. It has since become a parish. It is 10 miles southeast of Leicester city. The parish covers 1,094 acres.

The land around the village has been mostly pasture for centuries. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A47 east out of Leicester city to Skeffington. Turn south (right) and drive down to Rolleston village.
You can see pictures of Rolleston which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Rolleston Hall was the property of Viscount CHURCHILL, G.C.V.O., the lord of the manor, in 1912.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK731004 (Lat/Lon: 52.596487, -0.922232), Rolleston which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • Rolleston was a chapelry and a township in Billesdon parish for centuries.
  • Rolleston became a Civil Parish between 1867 and 1881.
  • The parish lies in the Gartree Hundred (or Wapentake) in the eastern division of the county.
  • Rolleston's citizens have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council and, instead, have periodic Parish Meetings for everyone to discuss civic and political issues.
  • For current politics and civic issues, try the Parish Meeting website. They will not assist with family history questions.
  • District governance is provided by the Harborough District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the East Norton petty sessional hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Billesdon Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1871 40
1881 68
1891 57
1901 74
1911 59
1921 54
1931 67
1951 61
1961 55


  • The children of this place attended school in Billesdon parish.