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Description in 1871:
"WANLIP-originally Onelip-a parish in Barrow-upon-Soar district, Leicester; on the river Soar, 1½ mile W of Syston r. station. Post town, Leicester. Acres, 952. Real property, £2,157. Pop., 117. Houses, 25. The manor belongs to Sir G. J. Palmer, Bart. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £336. Patron, Sir G. J. Palmer, Bart. The church is good; and there is a national school."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]



  • Wanlip was in the Rothley 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 Wanlip was a part.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2281
1871 R.G. 10 / 3266
1891 R.G. 12 / 2521


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Wanlip area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Mary and Saint Nicholas.
  • The church was built at the close of the 14th century.
  • The church was restored and the porches added in 1903-04.
  • The new church seats 100.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the Church of Our Lady and St. Nicholas on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2007.
  • Mat FASCIONE also has a photograph of Wanlip Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1561.
  • The Anglican parish church was in the rural deanery of Goscote (second portion).

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.
  • Wanlip was in the Rothley 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 and Travel

Wanlip is a village, a township and an ancient parish in Leicestershire. The parish is now a part of the conurbation of Leicester city. The parish is only 4.5 miles from Leicester city centre, 2 miles north of Birstall parish. The parish covers 975 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the A46 trunk road passes throught the village just north of Leicester city.
  • The Wanlip brook flows through the parish to eventually join the River Soar.
  • Ashley DACE has a photograph of Watermead Country Park on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2011.

You can see pictures of Wanlip which are provided by:



Ask for a calculation of the distance from Wanlip to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.

Historical Geography

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



  • Wanlip Hall was the seat of Lady Augusta PALMER in 1911.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicester county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient West Goscote Hundred in the eastern division of the county.
  • The citizens of Wanlip have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council and hold periodic Parish Meetings for the citizens to discuss civic and political issues.
  • District governance is provided by the Charnwood District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • In 1710, Walter SPENCER of Wanlip left 5 Shillings to be given yearly in bread to the poor of the parish at Christmas and Easter.
  • The Rev. William SPENCER, rector of Thurnscoe in county York, in 1714 left £5 to be paid yearly to the poor of the parish forever.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, Wanlip became part of the Barrow-upon-Soar Poor Law Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Leicester petty session hearings.


 Year Inhabitants
1871 123
1881 108
1891 91
1901 110
1911 96
1921 104
1931 103
1961 113


  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1839 for 25 children.