South Kilworth


Description in 1871:
"KILWORTH (SOUTH), a village and a parish in Lutterworth district, Leicester. The village stands within a mile of the river Avon, at the boundary with Northampton, 1¾ mile SW of Welford r. station, and 4½ ESE of Lutterworth; and has a post office under Rugby. Acres, 1,470. Real property, £2,836. Pop., 421. Houses, 110. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to the co-heiresses of Baroness Braye. An observatory was erected in 1834, by Dr. Pearson, who was then rector; but it has ceased to be used. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £465. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is comparatively modern; has a tower and spire of the 15th century; and contains a Norman old font. There are an Independent chapel, an endowed national schoo1, and charities £3."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72".



John SALMON has a photograph of St Nicholas' churchyard on geo-graph, taken in April, 2013.



  • 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 / 2246
1871 R.G. 10 / 3222

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Nicholas.
  • The church was originally Early Norman and was built around 1350.
  • The church was replaced by a newer structure in the late 14th century which included some of the Norman structure.
  • Parts of the church were reconstructed in 1869.
  • The church seats 300.
  • The churchyard burial ground was expanded in 1898.
  • John SALMON has a photograph of St Nicholas Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2013.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1559.
  • The church was in the rural Guthlaxton deanery (third portion).
  • The Congregationalists built a small chapel here circa 1880.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

South Kilworth is a small parish and a village 5 miles southeast of Lutterworth and 9 miles northeast from Rugby. The parish covers just over 1,360 acres.

The land around the village has been mostly pasture for centuries. If you are planning a visit:

  • Stanford Reservoir stands about a half mile south of the village.
  • By automobile, take the M1 to the south edge of Lutterworth and turn east onto the A427. Just after Walcote, take the road to the right and follow it out to South Kilworth.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2007.
  • If traveling by Bus, you will likely want to disembark at the Post Office. Ian ROB has a photograph of the Old Post Office and Bus Shelter on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2015.
You can see pictures of South Kilworth which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The parish had an annual Feast on the first Sunday in December.
  • In the 1800s many parishioners were farmers.
  • Doctor PEARSON built a small observatory here in 1834.
  • The White Hart Inn on Rugby Road dates back over 150 years. Ian S. has a photograph of the White Hart Inn on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2012.
  • Alex MacGREGOR also has a photograph of the White Hart Inn on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2014.
  • These are the names associated with the White Hart Inn in various directories:
Year Person
1849 Thos. ELSON, wheelwright
1861 John ELLSON, wheelwright
1881 Jn. ELLSON, wheelwright
1912 Hy. W. BULL, farmer
1925 William Henry BULL


  • 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 SP605817 (Lat/Lon: 52.42985, -1.111851), South Kilworth which are provided by:


Military History

  • In 1881 Lieut.-Colonel PEARSON owned land in this parish, but did not reside here.
  • The clock in the church tower is dedicated to the men of the parish who fell in World War I.
  • John SALMON has a photograph of the War Memorial plaque inside the church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2013.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicestershire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish lies in the Guthlaxton Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • Peter MacKENZIE has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2018. Stop in whilst they are open and ask to see the schedule of forth-coming events..
  • You may contact the South Kilworth parish council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT funded to help you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Harborough District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Lutterworth Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Lutterworth Petty Session court hearings.


 Year Inhabitants
1841 421
1871 402
1881 423
1891 365
1901 294
1911 275
1921 376
1931 386
1951 355
1961 369


  • A National School was started in 1845, but the buildings weren't built here until 1851 and 1858.
  • Philip HALLING has a photograph of South Kilworth C of E Primary School on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2013.
  • A new classroom was added to the National School in 1908.