Stonton Wyville


Description in 1871:
"STONTON-WYVILLE, a parish in Market-Harborough district, Leicester; 3½ miles E by N of Kibworth r. station. Post town, Kibworth-Harcourt, under Leicester. Acres, 1,190. Real property, £2,272. Pop., 102. Houses, 21. The manor gives the title of Baron to the Earl of Cardigan. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £230. Patron, the Earl of Cardigan. The church is early English. Bishop de Wyville, who died in 1375, was a native."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, (1870-72")].





  • The parish was in the Market Harborough 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 / 2251
1871 R.G. 10 / 3226
1891 R.G. 12 / 2492

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Denis or Saint Denys (spelling variations abound).
  • The church was originally built circa 1300, but an exact date is not provided.
  • The church restored some time in the 1700s and again in 1863.
  • The east wall of the chancel was rebuilt in 1951.
  • The church seats 120.
  • Andrew TATLOW provides a photo of St. Denys Church on Geo-graph taken in 2007.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1538.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Gartree (first portion).
  • The Wesleyan Methodists and the Wesleyan Reformers each had chapels here prior to 1881.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Stonton Wyville is a parish, a township and a small village in Leicestershire. It is 9.5 miles south-east of Leicester city, 6 miles north-east of Market Harborough and 90 miles north of London. The parish covers 1,217 acres.

The remains of a Roman Road pass just north of the village. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, it is probably easiest to take the A6 trunk road south-east out of Leicester city for about 9 miles, then turn north on the B6047. Turn right at Tur Langton to find Stonton Wyville.
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Historical Geography

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



  • This place is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • Traces of a Saxon settlement have been unearthed on Knave Hill in the northern portion of the parish.
  • This village was mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • Most of the land in the parish was given over to pasturage.
  • In January 1862 the "Fox and Hounds Inn" was the site of an inquest into the deaths of several villagers who had died in a dreadful boiler explosion.
"Killed in the explosion "on the spot, Thomas LEE, about 40 years of age, was blown over 40 yards (37 m) into a ditch. William WOOLMAN, about 65 years of age was blown fully fifty yards" and Samuel ASHBY. George WOOLMAN died of his injuries on the same day. It appears from the inquest that 13 people had been gathered around a steam engine that was being used to power a small threshing machine that they had hired from a Mr. BUTCHER of Debdale Wharf."
  • Proprietors of the Fox and Hounds Inn from various Directories:
Year  Person
1855 Edwd. WARD, grazier
1861 Edw. WARD, vict.
1877 Edward WARD, grazier & victualler
1881 Thomas BENNETT
1895 Thomas BENNETT
1912 Brian Baron SEDGLEY
1916 Bryan Baron SEDGLEY
1925 Bryan Barron SEDGLEY


  • There is mention of a Manor House in 19th century directories, but no description.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP736951 (Lat/Lon: 52.548749, -0.915899), Stonton Wyville which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicester county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish is in the ancient Gartree Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • District governance is provided by the Harborough District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Market Harborough petty session hearings held every other Tuesday.
  • In 1777 Miss Ann TOZER left a bequest of £195. The interest was used as an annual gift to the poor.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Market Harborough Poorlaw Union.
  • Note: This parish may have started out in the Uppingham Poorlaw Union and leter transferred to the Market Harborough Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1811 122
1841 102
1871 84
1881 88
1891 56
1901 65
1911 42
1921 55
1931 60


  • The children of this parish attended school in nearby Church Langton village.