Description in 1871:
"THEDDINGWORTH, a parish in Market-Harborough district, Leicester; on the Market-Harborough and Rugby railway, and on the Grand Union canal, 4½ miles W by S of Market-Harborough. It includes Hothorpe hamlet in Northamptonshire; and it has a post-office under Rugby, and a r. station. Acres, 2,220. Real property, £4,595. Pop., 281. Houses, 76. The manor belongs to Earl Spencer. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £137. Patron, J. Cook, Esq. The church was restored in 1858. There are an Independent chapel, a parochial school, and charities."
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 / 2250
1871 R.G. 10 / 3225
1891 R.G. 12 / 2492

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church dates back to before 1560.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1858.
  • The church seats 200.
  • Ian ROB has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2010.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1630.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Gartree (first portion).
  • There is a cemetery across the street from the church.
  • The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has the Theddingworth Monument Inscriptions on microfilm #845117, item #5.
  • The Congregationalists built a chapel here in 1833.
  • Richard WILLIAMS has a photograph of the Congregational Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007.
  • Ian ROB also has a photograph of the Congregational Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2010.

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

Theddingworth is a parish and a village, mostly in Leicestershire, separated from Northamptonshire by the River Welland. The parish includes the township of Hothorpe, in Northamptonshire. It is 86 miles north of London, just south-west of Market Harborough. The parish covers 2,220 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • The Grand Union Canal runs just north-east of the village.
  • By automobile, take the A427 trunk road west for about 1.5 miles out of Market Harborough.
  • Richard WILLIAMS has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007. Stop by and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.
You can see pictures of Theddingworth which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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


Land & Property

Major Thomas Guy Frederick PAGET was one of the principle landowners here in 1925.



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP665857 (Lat/Lon: 52.465129, -1.023316), Theddingworth which are provided by:


Military History

Inside All Saints Church there is a white marble tablet on a grey marble backing with decorative border that honours two men from World War One.

A Celtic cross was erected in the churchyard in 1921, at a cost of £200, raised by public subscription, in memory of the men of the parish who lost their lives in the Great War, 1914-18.

There is a single Commonwealth War Grave in the churchyard.


Military Records

To see the inscription on the White marble tablet in All Saints Church, see the Leicestershire War Memorials web page.

The Commonwealth War Grave is for (data from the CWGC site):

Name Rank Unit Died Other info.
Ernest Newcombe JOHNSON Corporal Royal Defence Corps 30 Sept. 1917 Age 36, son of Joshua and Elizabeth JOHNSON


  • Many people in the parish were employed in the carriage and railway lace factory in the village.
  • Most of the parish was grazing land.

Politics & Government

  • This place was both an ancient Township and an ancient parish in Leicester county. It became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish is in the ancient Gartree Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Theddingworth Parish Council regarding civic and political issues, but they are NOT staffed to perform family history searches for you.
  • 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.
  • The parish had a charity that provided £5 annually for the apprenticing of poor children.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Market Harborough Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 206
1811 242
1821 264
1831 283
1841 270
1851 279
1871 268
1881 246
1901 201
1971 218


  • The Public Elementary School was built in 1844 for 50 children.