Description in 1887:
"SHEARSBY, a chapelry, with a village, in Knaptoft parish, Leicester; 4 miles S S W of Glen r. station, and 6¾ N E of Lutterworth. It has a post-office under Rugby, an inn, and a mineral spring. Real property, £2,411. Pop., 306. Houses, 73. The living is annexed to Knaptoft. The church is good, and serves for the entire parish."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72".



  • The parish was in the Lutterworth sub-district of the Lutterworth 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 / 598
1861 R.G. 9 / 2248
1871 R.G. 10 / 3223
1891 R.G. 12 / 2490

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen.
  • St. Mary Magdalen church was built in 1789.
  • The church seats 300.
  • Stephen McKAY has a photograph of St. Mary Magdalene's Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2011.
  • Ian ROB has a photograph of Church gateway and path on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2012.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1711 for baptisms, 1713 for marriages and 1710 for burials.
  • The church was in the rural Guthlaxton deanery (third portion).

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Shearsby is a parish, a village and a township 9 miles due south of Leicester city and about 8 miles west of Market Harborough. The parish covers just 1,128 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A50 south out of Leicester city past Arnesby. The village is just off the road about a miles beyond Arnesby.
  • The Bath Inn in Shearsby held a mineral spring called "The Spa", which was reputed to have medicinal benefits.
  • Ian ROB has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2012. You should stop by and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.
You can see pictures of Shearsby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • There is a holy well on the road south and west of the village. It was converted to a Spa early in the 1800s.
  • The land around the village has been mostly pasture for centuries.
  • In the 1800s many of the workers in the parish were graziers or farmers.
  • "The Bitterman" has a photograph of the Shearsby Chandlers Arms on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2012.


  • The web page author has been unable to find any discription of a manor house or hall at Shearsby.


  • You can view an online map at the Axcis site.
  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP623910 (Lat/Lon: 52.513337, -1.083414), Shearsby which are provided by:


Military History

Shearsby has a handwritten paper Roll of Honour mounted in a frame in St. Mary Magdalene Church that lists all who served in World War I.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry and Township in Knaptoft parish in Leicester county and became a modern Civil parish in December, 1866.
  • The parish lies in the Guthlaxton Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • This place was for centuries a Chapelry and a Township. In December, 1866, it was incorporated as a Civil Parish.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council to discuss civic or political matters, but they are NOT staffed to do family history work for you.
  • District governance is provided by the Harborough Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Lutterworth petty session hearings every other Thursday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Lutterworth Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1841 379
1871 299
1881 261
1891 225
1901 207
1911 180
1921 160
1931 172
1961 156


  • A Public Elementary School was built in Shearsby in 1869 to 52 children.