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Description in 1871:
"SCALFORD, a parish, with a village, in Melton-Mowbray district, Leicester; 3½ miles N by E of Melton-Mowbray r. station. It has a post-office under Melton-Mowbray. Acres, 2,520. Real property, £3,855. Pop, 553. Houses, 124. The property is much subdivided. A Roman station was on the site of the village. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £355.* Patron, the Duke of Rutland. The church was restored in 1859. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists, a national school, and charities £25."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-1872"].

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Cemeteries

Scalford cemetery is situated on the Melton Road, just to the west of the village.

Peter BARR has a photograph of Scalford Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2010.

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Census

  • The parish was in the Clawson sub-district of the Melton Mowbray 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.
     
  • In 1935, the parish was transfered to the Melton and Belvoir Registration District.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 588
1851 H.O. 107 / 2091
1861 R.G. 9 / 2303
1871 R.G. 10 / 3296
1891 R.G. 12 / 2545
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to St. Egelwin the Martyr. This is reputedly the only church in the country dedicated to this martyr.
     
  • The church was built in the 13th century.
     
  • The church chancel was rebuilt in 1845.
     
  • The church was restored in 1859.
     
  • The church seats 320.
     
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the Church of St. Egelwyn on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2004.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the church interior on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2016.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1558.
     
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Framland (third portion).
     
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a large chapel here in 1844 to replace an older one.
     
  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1835. A new one was constructed in 1870.
     
  • The Primitive Methodists chapel has been converted into a private residence.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the former Primitive Methodists chapel on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2016.
     
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was in the Clawson sub-district of the Melton Mowbray Registration District.
     
  • In 1935, the parish was transferred to the Melton and Belvoir Registration District.
     
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Description & Travel

Scalford is a small parish which lies 124 miles north of London and about 4 miles north of Melton Mobray. The parish covers 2,423 acres and includes several natural springs that feed water to Melton Mobray.

If you are planning a visit:

  • The webpage author's small scale map (large area) shows no village of Scalford.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2013.
You can see pictures of Scalford which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

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

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History

  • Scalford was a Roman settlement.
     
  • In the 1800s and early 1900s, the land was used for grazing and small farms.
     
  • The village holds an annual feast on the first Sunday after Michaelmas day.
     
  • The Kings Arms in an 18th century Public House, still in operation. A great place to catch up on local news. Bring all your relatives! In 1912, James WATCHCORN was the victualler.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of The King's Arms on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2016.
     
  • Alternatively, you can ask about history at The Plough on Church street. In 1912, Mrs. Charlotte POLLARD was the victualler.
     
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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK762242 (Lat/Lon: 52.80961, -0.871525), Scalford which are provided by:

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Military History

The War Memorial stands in the village churchyard. It is a tall square grey Cornish granite memorial with pediment, two tiered base and inscriptions front and rear face in black. It was dedicated Saturday 30th October 1920

Schoolchildren visited the War Memorial on 11 November, 2014.

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Names, Geographical

  • The village takes its name from the fact that it was a ford over the River Scald.
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Politics & Government

  • The parish was in the Framland Hundred (Wapentake) in the northern (or eastern) division of the county.
     
  • This parish was an "ancient parish" of Leicestershire.
     
  • In "ancient times" this parish held a market and annual fair.
     
  • Prior to 1936, the parish covered about 2,551 acres.
     
  • In April, 1936, the parish of Scalford was enlarged by 781 acres with the abolition of Wycomb and Chadwell Civil Parish.
     
  • You may contact the Scalford Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT funded to provide you with family history searches.
     
  • District governance is provided by the Melton Borough Council.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Melton Mowbray petty session hearings.
     
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, the parish became a part of the Melton Mowbray Poorlaw Union.
     
  • In 1835 Mr. John MORRIS bequeathed £100 for the poor of this parish.
     
  • In 1886 Mrs. Ann WEBSTER left £200; the interest to provide coal for the poor of this parish at Christmas.
     
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Population

Year Inhabitants
1801 333
1821 438
1841 517
1871 544
1881 684
1891 646
1901 631
1911 688
1921 581
1931 595
1951 634
1961 546
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Schools

  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1861 and was enlarged in 1873 and again in 1902.