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Shearsby

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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".

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Census

  • 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:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 598
1861 R.G. 9 / 2248
1871 R.G. 10 / 3223
1891 R.G. 12 / 2490
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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.
     
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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).
     
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Civil Registration

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

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Gazetteers

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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.

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History

  • 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.
     
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Manors

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

  • 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:

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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.

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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.
     
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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.
     
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Population

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

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