Stretton Magna


Description in 1871:
"STRETTON-MAGNA, a chapelry in Glenn-Magna parish, Leicestershire; 2¾ miles N of Glenn r. station, and 4¾ SE of Leicester. Post town, Leicester. Real property, £1,435. Pop., 42. Houses, 7. S. Hall is the residence of Lieut. Col. King. The living is annexed to Glenn-Magna."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72



  • The parish was in the Billesdon sub-district of the Billesdon 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.
1851 H.O. 107 / 590
1861 R.G. 9 / 2254
1871 R.G. 10 / 3228
1891 R.G. 12 / 2495

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Giles.
  • The church is a small, ancient stone building.
  • The church seats 100.
  • The church is no longer used for services.
  • The churchyard is still open for burials.
  • Andrew TATLOW has a photograph of St Giles Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2006.
  • Mat FASCIONE also has a photograph of St Giles Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2014.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1585.
  • The parish was in the rural deanery of Gartree (second portion).

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Great Sretton is actually smaller than Little Stretton. It is a small village, a township and a parish 5 miles south-east of Leicester city, 2 miles east of Great Glen and 103 miles north of London. The parish covers 704 acres and was partly pasture and partly farmland for centuries.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A6 south-east out of Leicester through WIgston. You will need to turn north (left) at Newton Harcourt.
  • The Leicester Airport lies just to the north of the old village.
  • Ashley DACE has a photograph of part of Leicester Airport on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2010.
  • The Gartree Road that runs through the village is the old Roman Road. It gives its name, "Stretton," to the village.
You can see pictures of Stretton Magna which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Most of the parish land was given over to pasturage.
  • At last check, only about three homes were occupied in the area of the medieval village.
  • HistoricEngland.org.uk lists this place as a "deserted village, two fishponds and moated site."


  • Stretton Hall is a large brick mansion and was the seat of Charles PACKE, Esq., in 1881.
  • The Hall was the residence of Captain Edward Christopher PACKE in 1912.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK660006 (Lat/Lon: 52.599294, -1.02705), Stretton Magna which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • Although known to most people as "Great Stretton", the parish's official name is "Stretton Magna", the Latin equivalent.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient chapelry and township in Glenn Magna parish in the county of Leicestershire and became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The parish was in the eastern division of the county in the ancient Gartree Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • In April, 1936, the parish was reduced by 8 acres given to Oadby Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became the centre of the Billesdon Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Leicester petty session hearings.
  • The Common Land was ensclosed here between 1640 and 1670.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 22
1811 24
1841 38
1871 33
1881 34
1891 32
1901 27
1911 43


  • The children of this parish attended school in either Gaulby or Great Glen.