Description in 1871:
"CHADWELL, or Caldwell, a chapelry in Rothley parish, Leicester; near the Salt way, 5 miles NNW of Saxby r. station, and 5 NE of Melton-Mowbray. Post Town, Scalford, under Melton-Mowbray. Acres, 1,730. Pop., 139. Houses, 27. The living is a p. curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Rothley, in the diocese of Peter. borough. The church is good, and has a tower."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-1872]



  • The parish was in the Clawson sub-district of the Melton Mowbray 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.
  • In 1935, the parish was transfered to the Waltham sub-district of the Melton and Belvoir Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 593
1861 R.G. 9 / 2303
1871 R.G. 10 / 3296
1891 R.G. 12 / 2545

Church History

  • The Anglican parish chapel was dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The Anglican parish church was a Chapel of Ease to the old parish of Rothley.
  • The chapel was restored in 1863.
  • The chapel seats only 100 persons.
  • There is an nondenominational Mission at Wycomb, built in 1896.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1633.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Framland or Goscote (second portion).
  • The National Burial Index records 164 burials at St. Mary's from 1813 through 1891.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Clawson sub-district of the Melton Mowbray Registration District.
  • In 1935, the parish was transferred to the Melton and Belvoir Registration District.

Description & Travel

Wycomb and Chadwell are two small hamlets that together form a township and were a small parish which lies about 125 miles north of London and about 5 miles north-north-east of Melton Mobray. Scalford parish is to the west and Goadby Marwood parish to the north. In 1881 the parish covered 1,730 acres but was reduced by 1891 to 781 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • The webpage author's small scale map (large area) shows no village of Wycomb or Caldwell.
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Historical Geography

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



  • The village of Chadwell was mostly demolished by Oliver Cromwell.
  • In the 1800s and early 1900s, the land was largely used for grazing and small farms.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK774248 (Lat/Lon: 52.815196, -0.853029), Wycomb which are provided by:


Military History

  • John SUTTON has a photograph of the War Memorial plaque inside the church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2009.

Names, Geographical

  • You will find Wycomb often spelled "Wycombe" or "Wykham". Chadwell started out as Cauldwell (pronounced "cold well") and has morphed through "Caldwell" and again into "Chadwell".
  • Variations in spelling aside, the "preferred" name of the parish is "Wycomb and Chadwell".

Politics & Government

  • The parish was in the West Goscote Hundred (Wapentake) in the northern (or eastern) division of the county.
  • This parish was an "ancient parochial area" of Leicestershire until late 1866.
  • The parochial area was converted to a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • In April, 1936, the parish of Wycomb and Chadwell was abolished and all 781 acres amalgamated with Scalford Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Melton Mowbray petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became a part of the Melton Mowbray Poorlaw Union.
  • Mrs. HACKETT left the interest on £20 for the poor of this parish, distributed as bread on St. Thomas' Day.


 Year Inhabitants
1841 118
1871 97
1881 107
1891 89
1901 93
1911 103
1921 94
1931 106


  • The children of this parish attended schools in Goadby Marwood and Scalford.