Description in 1871:
"TUGBY, a parish in Billesdon district, Leicester; 2¾ miles ESE of Billesdon, and 6¾ NNW of Medbourne Bridge r. station. It includes Keythorpe liberty, and has a post-office under Leicester. Acres, 1,830. Real property, £2,515. Pop., 360. Houses, 84. The manor, with Keythorpe Hall, belongs to Lord Berners. The living is a vicarage, united with East Norton, in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £284. Patron, Lord Berners. The church has a Norman tower, and is good. There are a Wesleyan chapel, and charities £86."
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.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2254
1871 R.G. 10 / 3227 & 3228

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to St. Thomas a Becket.
  • The church was built in Norman times and contains a western tower.
  • The church was restored in 1857.
  • The church seats 300.
  • Andrew TATLOW has a photograph of St. Thomas a Becket Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1568.
  • The church was in the rural Gartree deanery (third portion).
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here prior to 1912.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Tugby is a village, a township and a parish sitting on a rise on the road between Leicester and Uppingham. It is 12 miles south of Leicester and 7 miles west of Uppingham. The parish covers just over 2,200 acres.

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

  • By automobile, take the A47 east out of Leicester city past Skeffington.
  • Tugby Wood is north-east of the village on Wood Lane.
You can see pictures of Tugby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Keythorpe Hall was the property of Sir Raymond R. TYRWHITT-WILSON, baronet, in 1912.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of Keythorpe Hall on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2013.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK761009 (Lat/Lon: 52.60057, -0.877837), Tugby which are provided by:


Military History

Mat FASCIONE provides a photograph of the War Memorial Cross on Geograph, taken in June, 2014. This is a Celtic cross in the churchyard with the names of 8 men lost in World War I.

There is a white marble tablet on the north wall of the church commemorating the men lost in World War II.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient township and parish in Leicestershire. It became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish lies partly in the East Goscote Hundred and partly in the Gartree Wapentake (or Hundred) in the eastern division of the county.
  • You may contact the Tugby & Keythorpe Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they can NOT perform family history look-ups for you.
  • District governance is provided by the Harborough District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the East Norton petty session hearings the first Friday of each month.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Billesdon Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 230
1811 250
1821 265
1831 266
1841 288
1851 365
1871 438
1881 344
1891 317
1901 271


  • The Public Elementary School was built in 1872 and enlarged in 1885 and 1896 to hold up to 119 children.