Description in 1871:
"Ulverscroft, par., Leicestershire, 8 miles NW. of Leicester, ac. (included in Newtown Linford), pop. 91; has some remains of a priory founded in 1130."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72"]



  • Ulverscroft was in the Quorndon subdistrict of the Barrow-on-Soar 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 and Volume 13 covers the Barrow on Soar District of which Ulverscroft was a part.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2280
1871 R.G. 10 / 3264
1891 R.G. 12 / 2520

Church History

  • There was an Augustine priory founded here in 1130 and called Blanchmaines. Parts of the piory are still standing.
  • There appears to be no Anglican parish church.

Church Records

  • Check the Anglican parish register at Copt Oak.
  • The parish was in the East Arkley drural deanery.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.
  • Ulverscroft was in the Quorndon subdistrict of the Barrow-on-Soar registration district.
  • The Registrar's Office in Barrow-upon-Soar closed in 1945. Certificates of birth, death and marriage can now be obtained from the Superintendent Registrar at Leicestershire Central or Loughborough

Description & Travel

Ulverscroft is a village and a parish in Leicestershire. The parish is 1 mile north-west of Copt Oak, 7 miles north-east of Loughborough and 8.5 miles north-west from Leicester city centre. The parish covers 1,889 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the A50 trunk road west from Leicester connects with the B587 which will take you to Copt Oak.
  • Ulverscroft is small enough that it does not appear on most small scale (large area) maps.
  • The National Trust preserves Ulverscroft as part of the ancient Charnwood Forest.
You can see pictures of Ulverscroft which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Ulverscroft House was the residence of Capt. William George LILLINGSTON in 1911 and stood in a 100 acre park.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK485115 (Lat/Lon: 52.699012, -1.283744), Ulverscroft which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • This place, "Ulverscroft," was anciently called "Woolverscroft".

Politics & Government

  • This place was formerly extra-parochial land and became a Civil Parish in 1858.
  • The parish was in the ancient West Goscote Hundred in the Mid division of the county.
  • In March of 1884, this parish was enlarged by gaining part of Newton (Newtown) Linford Civil Parish.
  • In April of 1968, 84 years later, this parish reduced in size to enlarge Newton (Newtown) Linford Civil Parish.
  • The parish is small enough that it doesn't warrant a formal Parish Council, but the citizens do have Parish Meetings from time to time to discuss civil and political issues.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, Ulverscroft became part of the Barrow-upon-Soar Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Loughborough petty session hearings.


 Year Inhabitants
1871 81
1881 91
1891 90
1901 100
1911 89
1921 121
1931 131
1961 132


  • The children of this parish attended school in Copt Oak.