Description in 1849:
"Wymondham is a large village and parish in the Hundred of Framland and Union of Melton, 7 miles north of Oakham and 7 east of Melton Mobray, containing upwards of 800 inhabitants and 2,852 acres of land, partly red loam and partly clay. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Leicester and diocese of Peterborough, of the annual value of £560, and in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor; the Rev. Richard Cragg, B.A., is the incumbent. The church is dedicated to St. Peter; it is a handsome cross-shaped building, having a nave, chancel, ailes, transepts, and a square embattled tower surmounted by a lofty spire, with a clock and 6 bells. The interior of the church has been recently cleaned and restored, and a small organ, purchased by subscription, erected at the west end. An Independent chapel, with a school attached, was erected in 1840, and a Wesleyan chapel in 1841. Here is a Free grammar school, founded in 1637 by Sir John Sedley, who bequeathed £400 to be laid out in lands for the support of the master. The Syston and Peterborough railway passes through the parish. This is a place of great antiquity, and remains of its ancient walls are still to be seen. A steam mill was erected in 1847, and is now worked for grinding corn. The Earl of Harborough is lord of the manor."
["Post Office Directory of Leicestershire and Rutland," 1849]



  • The parish was in the Waltham 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.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 588
1861 R.G. 9 / 2304
1871 R.G. 10 / 3298
1891 R.G. 12 / 2546

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church was restored in 1864.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2005.

Church Records

  • The Leicestershire Archives holds records of baptisms from 1538.
  • The Independents had a chapel here prior to 1869.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Wesleyan Chapel raised in 1891 on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Waltham sub-district of the Melton Mowbray Registration District.

Description & Travel

Wymondham is large village and parish about 100 miles north of London and 1 mile north-east of the Whissendine railway station. The parish covers about 2,850 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the village lies between the A52 and the A607 trunk roads west of Grantham.
  • Mat FASCIONE has proof that it's a SIGN! as saved on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2008.
You can see pictures of Wymondham which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • You can find a history of Wymondham at: Wymondham Free Online.
  • For a snapshot of history in 1860, we have a transcription of a letter written by Elizabeth Eglesfield to her son who had emigrated to Pennsylvania. She and her husband were never to see their son again, nor meet his wife. The letter is "as written" and reflects the hard times a family was experiencing.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Wymondham windmill built in 1814 on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2016.
  • Tim GLOVER has a photograph of the Berkeley Arms P. H. on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2012.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK851188 (Lat/Lon: 52.760113, -0.740368), Wymondham which are provided by:


Military Records

The parish has a Roll of Honour on a cross in the churchyard.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicester county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Framland Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the Wymondham & Edmondthorpe parish council regarding civil or political matters, but they are NOT funded nor staffed to perform family history lookups for you.

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, this parish became part of the Melton Mowbray Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 301
1851 800
1861 851
1871 776
1881 655
1901 620
1971 581


  • There was an endowed grammar school in the parish established in 1637.
  • There was a national girls' school in the parish prior to 1869.
  • Andrew TATLOW has a photograph of the St. Peter CE Primary School on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2015.