Description in 1871:
"SCRAPTOFT, a parish in Billesdon district, Leicestershire; 3¼ miles E by N of Leicester r. station. Post-town, Leicester. Acres, 1,450. Real property, £2,949. Pop., 108. Houses, 23. The manor belongs to E. B. Hartopp, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £161. Patron, E. B. Hartopp, Esq. The church is good."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72".



  • 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
1871 R.G. 10 / 3229
1891 R.G. 12 / 2494

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church was built prior to 1616.
  • The masonry includes 13th-century work of ironstone cobbles with limestone dressings and later work of sandstone, limestone ashlar, and Mountsorrel granite.
  • The south aisle was largely rebuilt in the later 15th century.
  • The church was restored in 1867.
  • The church interior was restored in 1901 and the porches renovated in 1903-04.
  • This church seats 130.
  • Tim GLOVER has a photograph of All Saint Church on Geo-grpah, taken in May, 2014.
  • Richard VINCE has a lovely photograph of All Saint Church in the sun on Geo-grpah, taken in October, 2012.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Preaching Cross in the churchyard on Geo-grpah, taken in January, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1538.
  • The church was in the rural Goscote deanery (first division).

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Scraptoft was a village and a parish just on the northeast edge of the Leicester city conurbation. It is 4 miles northeast of the Leicester city centre and and 1 miles north of Thurnby. The parish covers 1,712 acres.

The land around the village has been mostly pasture for centuries. But the village has grown considerably since World War II. If you are planning a visit:

  • There is a golf course just north of the village. Info is at the Scraptoft Golf Course web page.
  • By automobile, take the A47 east out of Leicester city and turn north at Thurnby and proceed to Scraptoft village.
  • The railway line from Belgrave Road Station, Leicester, to Melton Mowbray touches Scraptoft parish in the south-east. There is no direct passenger service by rail.
  • Mat FASCIONE provides a photograph of the Village sign on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2014.
You can see pictures of Scraptoft which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



By the 1930's the western part of the ancient parish was rapidly becoming part of the suburbs of Leicester. The White House Hotel, in Scraptoft Lane, formerly a private house, was erected in 1928.

Stephen SWEENEY has a photograph of the White House Inn on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2016.



  • Scraptoft Hall is a stone mansion and was the residence of Alexander C. BARCLAY in 1881.
  • Mat FASCIONE provides a photograph of Scraptoft Hall on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2014.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK646056 (Lat/Lon: 52.644209, -1.046104), Scraptoft which are provided by:


Military History

Scraptoft Local Nature Reserve (LNR), on the Beeby Road to the north-east of Scraptoft village, was once a prisoner of war camp.

You can read about the Lancaster crash at Scraptoft to see one young person's World War II experience.

The Memorial Homes for Disabled Leicestershire Ex-servicemen in Hamilton Road, opened in 1957. They consist of a central two-storied block of 9 houses, and 4 bungalows


Names, Geographical

Scraptoft was recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as "Scrapentot".


Politics & Government

  • The parish lies in the Gartree Hundred (or Wapentake) in the eastern division of the county.
  • You may confer with the local Parish Council regarding civic or poiltical issues, but they will not assist with family history questions.
  • District governance is provided by the Harborough District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • The parish's Common Lands were inclosed early in the 16th century.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Leicester petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Billesdon Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 107
1811 110
1821 126
1831 126
1841 89
1851 120
1871 86
1881 120
1891 90
1901 116
1911 113
1921 153
1931 424
1951 1,075
1961 9,524


  • The children of this place attended school in Thurnby.
  • In 1958 the Scraptoft Valley Junior and Infants' School was opened to serve the northern part of a new housing estate.
  • Hamilton School was opened in 1959 as a secondary modern school but was re-organized in 1960 as a 'high school'.