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Walton on the Wolds

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Description in 1871:
"WALTON-ON-THE-WOLDS, a parish in Barrow-upon-Soar district, Leicester; 2 miles NE of Barrow-upon-Soar r. station. Post town, Loughborough. Acres, 1,720. Real property, £2,087. Pop., 221. Houses, 57. The property is much subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £450. Patron, Mrs. Packe. The church is good."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]

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Census

  • The parish was in the Barrow upon Soar sub-district of the Barrow upon 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 sub-district.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2279
1871 R.G. 10 / 3262
1891 R.G. 12 / 2519
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin.
     
  • The church was built in the 13th century.
     
  • The church was restored in 1877.
     
  • The church seats 120.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.
     
  • Andrew TATLOW also has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2010.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1566.
     
  • The Family History Centre in London has the parish register from 1566 to 1948.
     
  • The church was in the rural deanery of East Akeley.
     
  • The Primitive Methodists had chapels here prior to 1849.
     
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Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Barrow upon Soar sub-district of the Barrow upon Soar Registration District.
     
  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.
     
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Description & Travel

Walton on the Wolds is a village and a parish about 2 miles north-east of Barrow-on-Soar, 4 miles east of Loughborough and 115 miles north of London. The village sits just east of the River Soar on Walton Brook which empties into the River Soar. The parish covers just under 1,550 acres.

The town was a framework-knitting centre in your ancestors' time. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A60 east out of Loughborough. At Hoton, turn right (south) for Walton on the Wolds.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2008.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011. You may wish to stop in and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.
     
You can see pictures of Walton on the Wolds which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Walton on the Wolds 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

  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of the The Anchor Inn public house on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.
     
  • Rod ? also has a photograph of the Anchor Inn on Geo-graph, taken in 2000.
     
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Manors

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of The Manor House on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.

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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK592197 (Lat/Lon: 52.771656, -1.12395), Walton on the Wolds which are provided by:

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Military History

There is a War Memorial simple brass plaque inside St. Mary's church that honors men lost from both World Wars.

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Military Records

The names listed on the War Memorial appear to be:

Name Rank Unit Died Other info.
George ALfred Edwin COLLIER corporal 8th Btln., Leics Regt. 7 April 1917 Age 22, son of the Abel Edwin and Annie COLLIER
Edward GILES private Royal Sussex Regt. 20 Feb 1917 Age 24, son of the late Thomas GILES and Susan GILES
W. Gr---       unable to make out inscription
William HARRIS private 1/5 Leics Regt. 21 June 1917 Age 38, son of the William and Eliza HARRIS
Robert HARVEY lance corporal 2nd Btln., Leics Regt. 7 Jan. 1916  
J. R. OVENDALE private 2/6 Sherwood Foresters 21 Mar. 1918 - none -
J. W. WHITE       - none -
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Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicestershire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
     
  • The parish was in the ancient East Goscote Hundred in the Mid division of the county.
     
  • You can contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family hisotry searches.
     
  • District governance is provided by the Charnwood District Council.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Barrow-upon-Soar Poor Law Union.
     
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Loughborough petty session hearings.
     
  • Blunt's Charity generated 18 shillings a year in 1912 for the poor.
     
  • The Family History Centre in London has the parish chest materials from 1733 to 1861.
     
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Population

 Year Inhabitants
1801 249
1841 285
1871 240
1881 227
1891 179
1901 192
1911 225
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Schools

  • A National School (Public Elementary) was by 1912. It could hold 45 children.