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Wigston Parva

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John Marius WILSON's, "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72" tells us:

"WIGSTON-PARVA, a chapelry in Claybrooke parish, Leicester; 3 miles WNW of Ullesthorpe r. station, and 6 NW by W of Lutterworth. Post town, Lutterworth. Real property, £2,154. Pop., 75. Houses, 18. The living is annexed to Claybrooke. The church is ancient."
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Census

  • The parish was in the Burbage sub-district of the Lutterworth Registration District.
     
  • In 1895 the Burbage sub-district was transfered to the Hinckley 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 / 2247
1871 R.G. 10 / 3223
1891 R.G. 12 / 2490
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin.
     
  • The small church was erected in 1160.
     
  • The church seats 40.
     
  • Ian ROB has a photograph of Wigston Parva Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2014.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1705.
     
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Guthlaxton (second portion).
     
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was in the Burbage sub-district of the Lutterworth Registration District.
     
  • In 1895 the Burbage sub-district was transfered to the Hinckley Registration District.
     
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Description & Travel

Wigston Parva is a small hamlet and a parish 94 miles north of London and about 4.5 miles south-west of Hinckley. Soar Brooke runs down the west side of the parish and Watling Street, on the south side, separates the parish from Warwickshire. The parish covers just over 400 acres.

The village is too small to appear on most small-scale (large area) maps. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A5 arterial road (Watling Street) south-east out of Hinckley about 5 miles. Just past Smockington take the B4114 north to reach Wigston Parva.
     
You can see pictures of Wigston Parva which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Wigston Parva 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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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP465898 (Lat/Lon: 52.504123, -1.31638), Wigston Parva which are provided by:

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Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Claybrooke parish in Leicestershire and was incorporated as a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
     
  • The parish is in the ancient Guthlaxton Hundred in the southern division of the county.
     
  • In April, 1935, this parish gained 22 acres from Copston Magna Civil Parish.
     
  • The citizens of this small parish have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council. For local governance they hold periodic Parish Meetings of the citizenry to discuss civic and political matters.
     
  • District governance is provided by the Blaby District Council.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Lutterworth petty session hearings.
     
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Lutterworth Poorlaw Union.
     
  • In 1895, this parish was transferred to the Hinckley Poorlaw Union.
     
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Population

 Year Inhabitants
1871 80
1881 65
1891 47
1901 49
1911 52