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Description in 1871:
"THURLASTON, a parish, with a village and two townships, in Blaby district, Leicester; 3½ miles SSE of Desford r. station, and 6 NE of Hinckley. It has a post-office under Hinckley. Acres, 2,980. Real property, £5,914. Pop., 698. Houses, 148. The property is much subdivided. Normanton Hall belongs to W. Worswick, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £400. Patron, the Rev. J. Arkwright. The church was recently restored. There are a national school, and charities £10."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72

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Cemeteries

  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of All Saints lychgate on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2008.
     
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Census

  • The parish was in the Enderby sub-district of the Blaby 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. Volume 4 covers the Enderby sub-district.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 603
1861 R.G. 9 / 2258
1871 R.G. 10 / 3234
1891 R.G. 12 / 2501
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
     
  • The church was restored in 1850 and the church tower was restored in 1898.
     
  • The church seats 270.
     
  • Jonathan BILLINGER has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008.
     
  • John SALMON also has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2016.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1588.
     
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Guthlaxton.
     
  • The Baptist chapel was founded in 1814.
     
  • There is a small Catholic domestic chapel attached to Normanton Hall.
     
  • Peter MacKENZIE has a photograph of the Evangelical Free Church Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2017. This used to be the Baptist Chapel.
     
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was in the Enderby sub-district of the Blaby Registration District.
     
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Description & Travel

Thurlaston is a village, a township and a parish which lie about 7 miles south-west of Leicester and 3 miles north-west of Narborough. The parish covers about 2,575 acres and includes the hamlet of Normanton Turville.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, Thurlaston lies just north of the M69 motorway about 7 miles outside of Leicester city.
     
  • Read about the Thurlaston Wood at the Woodland Trust site.
     
  • Be sure to visit the Thurlaston village website.
     
You can see pictures of Thurlaston which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

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

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History

  • Find a copy of "The History Of Thurlaston, Leicestershire", by John Ordish HULME, 2009, 176 pages, ISBN-13: 9781104426200.
     
  • Thurlaston's village hall celebrated its eightieth year in 2008.
     
  • Tim GLOVER has a photograph of the Elephant and Castle Pub. on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2016.
     
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Manors

  • Normanton Hall was the seat of Major William WORSLEY-WORSWICK, J.P. in 1912.
     
  • The major would lose a son in World War I. 2nd Lieutenant Basil Henry WORSLEY-WORSWICK of the 2nd King Edward's Horse would die on 29 Apr 1916, aged 35, during the Irish Easter Rebellion.
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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
     

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP502991 (Lat/Lon: 52.587394, -1.260472), Thurlaston which are provided by:

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Military History

There is a World War I memorial metal plaque that was mounted in the parish church in 1924. There are nine names listed on the plaque.

Mounted just below the plaque above is a small, long and thin wooden board with short inscription to commemorate Jack SMITH, who died in the Korean conflict.

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Politics & Government

  • The parish is in the ancient Sparkenhoe Hundred in the western division of the county.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Sparkenhoe (Market Bosworth) petty session hearings each week, alternating between Hinckley and Market Bosworth.
     
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Blaby Poorlaw Union.
     
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Population

 Year Inhabitants
1801 364
1811 487
1841 694
1851 796
1901 526
1971 552
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Schools

  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1853 on Desford Road to hold 120 children.