Description in 1871:
"WHATBOROUGH, a hamlet in Tilton parish, Leicester; 8½ miles SSE of Melton-Mowbray. Real property, £821. Pop., 13. Houses, 3."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72"



  • The parish was in the Billesdon subdistrict 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 / 2253
1871 R.G. 10 / 3227
1891 R.G. 12 / 2494

Church History

  • There is no report of an Anglican parish church at Whatborough.
  • Parishioners likely used Saint Peter's Church in Tilton.

Church Records

  • The church would have been in the rural Goscote deanery (first portion).

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837, but Whatborough did not exist as a Civil Parish until late 1866.
  • The parish was in the Billesdon subdistrict of the Billesdon Registration District.

Description & Travel

Whatborough is a hamlet and an ancient township sitting 10 miles east of Leicester, 10 miles south of Melton Mowbray, 10 miles north-west of Uppingham and 10 miles west-south-west of Oakham. The township covered only 477 acres.

The hamlet has always been a rather small affair. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A46 trunk road east out of Leicester city and turn left (north) onto the B6047 arterial. This will take you to Tilton.
  • On the web-page author's small scale map (large area) the village of Whatborough is not noted.
  • Whatborough is the highest summit in the eastern half of the county.
You can see pictures of Whatborough which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Whatborough was a Roman settlement, name unknown.
  • Whatborough was cleared for sheepfarming in 1495.
  • Most of the township land was used for grazing.
  • Rude HEALTH has a photograph of Whatborough Hill on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2012. In the foreground is a triangulation pillar.
  • Andrew TATLOW has a photograph of the Sign at Whatborough Service Reservoir on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2016. The Service Reservoir is just southwest of the top of Whatborough Hill.


  • Although a manor existed here at one time, the author could find no reference to a "manor house".


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK772060 (Lat/Lon: 52.646254, -0.860409), Whatborough which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place was, for centuries, a township in the parish of Tilton-on-the-Hill. In late 1866 it was made a Civil Parish of its own standing.
  • The parish lies in the East Goscote Wapentake (or Hundred) in the eastern division of the county.
  • The parish was merged into Tilton on the Hill in 1994.
  • District governance was provided by the Harborough Districk 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
1841 11
1871 11
1881 19
1891 19
1901 12
1911 13
1921 11
1931 19


  • A Public Elementary School existed here in 1912, built to hold 60 children.