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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"

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Census

  • 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:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2253
1871 R.G. 10 / 3227
1891 R.G. 12 / 2494
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Church History

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

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

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Gazetteers

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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.

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History

  • 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.
     
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Manors

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

  • 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:

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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.
     
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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.
     
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Population

 Year Inhabitants
1841 11
1871 11
1881 19
1891 19
1901 12
1911 13
1921 11
1931 19
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Schools

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