Description in 1871:
"SLAWSTON, a parish, with a village, in the district of Uppingham and county of Leicester; 2½ miles NW of Medbourne-Bridge r. station, and 5½ NE of Market-Harborough. Post town, Market-Harborough. Acres, 1,510. Real property, £3,241. Pop., 246. Houses, 59. The manor belongs to the Earl of Cardigan. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £174. Patron, the Earl of Cardigan. The church is of the 13th century, and has a tower and spire. There is an Independent chapel."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72".



Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of Gravestones at All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2013.

Andrew TATLOW also has a photograph showing some of the All Saints Churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2006.



  • The parish was in the Great Easton sub-district of the Market Harborough 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 / 2309
1871 R.G. 10 / 3304
1891 R.G. 12 / 2550

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church stands at the east end of the village on the road to Blaston.
  • The church was built in the late 13th Century.
  • The church was restored in 1864.
  • The church seats 168.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2013.
  • Timothy HEATON also has a photograph of Church of All Saints on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2020. The distortion is probably caused by the type of lens used for the photograph.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1559.
  • A Congregational chapel was built here in 1776 and rebuilt in 1850.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Market Harborough Registration District.

Description & Travel

Slawston is a village and a parish overlooking the Welland vale, about 15 miles south of Leicester and 6 miles northeast of Market Harborough. The parish covers about 1,500 acres and includes Othorpe hamlet.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Main street on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2013.
  • Mat FASCIONE also has a photograph of the village sign on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007.
You can see pictures of Slawston which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Two thirds of the parish was pasturage.
  • Olthorpe hamlet was depopulated, apparently, to make more land available for sheep pasturage.
  • There was a windmill here in 1637.


  • The Manor Farmhouse is located in Main Street.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP778946 (Lat/Lon: 52.543895, -0.854702), Slawston which are provided by:


Military History

In 1921 a marble mural tablet was erected in the church, inscribed with the names of the parishioners who fell in the Great War, 1914-18.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicestershire and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the southern division of the county in the ancient Gartree Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • The residents of this parish have elected to forgo a formal parish council and have periodic Parish Meetings to discuss civil and political issues.
  • District governance is provided by the Harborough District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • The Common Lands were enclosed here by an act of Parliament in 1793.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Market Harborough petty session hearings held every other Tuesday.
  • In 1760, Rev. Thomas HOPE left the interest on £100 to be given annually as coal to the poor of the parish.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Uppingham Poorlaw Union.
  • In 1895. after a district re-organization, this parish became part of the Market Harborough Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 266
1831 243
1841 250
1871 202
1881 184
1901 145
1971 90


  • The children of this parish attended school in Cranoe (Cranehoe), which was built in 1843.
  • John HOLYOAKE ran a large boarding school in Slawston in the early 18th Century which had as many as 20 young gentlemen from London and elsewhere.