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

WIMESWOLD, or Wymeswold, a parish, with a village, in Loughborough district, Leicester; 4½ miles NE by E of Loughborough r. station. It has a post-office under Loughborough. Acres, 4,220. Real property, £6,435. Pop., 1,209. Houses, 287. The property is much subdivided. The making of hose and lace is carried on. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £199. Patron, Trinity College, Cambridge. The church was restored in 1850, at a cost of nearly £3,000. There are three dissenting chapels, a national school, and charities nearly £200.


  • A cemetery of one acre was formed on Rempstone Road prior to 1912.  It had a single mortuary chapel.  It was under the control of the parish council.
  • Roger TEMPLEMAN has a photograph of St. Mary's churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2016.
  • Simon HUGEUT has a photograph of the Lych gate to St. Mary's on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2009.


  • The parish was in the Loughborough sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
  • In 1935, the parish was transferred to the Barrow upon 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.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2277
1871 R.G. 10 / 3260
1891 R.G. 12 / 2518

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church is believed to date from prior to 1512.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1843.
  • The church seats 424.
  • Alex McGREGOR has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2014.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1560.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of East Akeley.
  • The Baptist chapel was founded in 1780 and enlarged in 1847. The Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built in 1845.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Old Baptist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2011.
  • Andrew TATLOW has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.
  • John SUTTON has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2016.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Loughborough sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
  • In 1935, the parish was transferred to the Barrow upon Soar Registration District.

Description & Travel

Wymeswold is a village, a township and a parish which lie about 13 miles north of Leicester city and 4 miles east of East Leake. The parish covers about 3,370 acres, most of which was pasture for sheep and cattle. The parish abuts Nottinghamshire to the north.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, Wymeswold lies astride the A6006 trunk road west of Melton Mobray, just before Rempstone.
  • Be sure to visit the Wymeswold village website.
  • You'll know that you're there when you see this! Andrew TATLOW has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.
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Historical Geography

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



  • The parish had a charter for a market from Edward III, but the market has long since been discontinued.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK603235 (Lat/Lon: 52.805691, -1.106949), Wymeswold which are provided by:


Military History

  • The RAF opened an airfield here in May, 1942.
  • The base was home to Wellington bombers, but they were used for training, not for operations over Germany.
  • The field was taken over in 1944 by Transport Command to train Dakota pilots.
  • The field saw some post-war use by Spitfires and Meteors under the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.
  • Air Force operations ceased in 1957 although some aircraft used the field as part of training exercises.
  • The field is now disused although many of the building remain and the runway is used for motorsport.
  • In 2014, The village hall was designated the War Memorial Hall and a plaque to the 30 fallen men of the parish was dedicated. See the Wymeswold site for more information.


The famous author and poet, Thomas Russell POTTER, is buried in the churchyard here. He was a resident here in the 1861 census with his wife Frances Sarah POTTER.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicester county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish is in the ancient East Goscote Hundred in the mid division of the county.
  • On 1 April, 1965, the parish was enlarged by gaining a 270 acre part of Willoughby on the Wolds parish.
  • You may contact the local Wymewold Parish Council regarding civil or political issues, but they are NOT staffed nor funded to help you with family history searches.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Loughborough petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Loughborough Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 788
1811 1,002
1821 1,061
1831 1,276
1851 1,235
1871 1,113
1881 936
1891 863
1901 770
1911 777
1921 777
1931 755
1971 940


  • In 1733, Joseph THOMPSON left £100 to generate interest which was used to educate 10 boys.
  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1846 on Far Street to hold 110 children.
  • A Public Elementary School for infants was built here in 1838 on East Street to hold 94 infants.