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Willoughby Waterless

Description in 1871:
"WILLOUGHBY-WATERLESS, a parish, with a village, in Lutterworth district, Leicester; 1¾ mile ESE of Broughton-Astley r. station, and 6 NNE of Lutterworth. Post town, Lutterworth. Acres, 1,151. Real property, £2,408. Pop., 372. Houses, 78. The living is a rectory, united with Peatling-Magna, in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £347. Patron, the Rev. W. Strong. The church is chiefly decorated English. There is a national school."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72
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Cemeteries

  • The parish purchased a 1/2 acre lot for use as a cemetery in 1904 and placed it under the Parish Council's control.

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Census

  • The parish was in the Lutterworth sub-district of the Lutterworth 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.
1841 H.O. 107 / 599
1861 R.G. 9 / 2248
1871 R.G. 10 / 3223
1891 R.G. 12 / 2490

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Willoughby Waterless area or see them printed on a map.

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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Mary.
     
  • St. Mary's church was built in the Norman period.
     
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1875.
     
  • The church seats 300.
     
  • Ian ROB has a photograph of the Church of St. Mary on Geograph, taken in April, 2012.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1559.
     
  • The church was in the rural Guthlaxton deanery (third portion).
     
  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1877.
     
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the former Methodist Chapel on Geograph, taken in July, 2011.
     
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Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Lutterworth sub-district of the Lutterworth Registration District.
     
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
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Description and Travel

Willoughby Waterleys is a parish and a village 8.5 miles south of Leicester city, 6 miles north-east of Lutterworth and about 2.5 miles south of Countesthorpe. Ashby Magna parish lies to the south-west. The parish covers just 1,166 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A426 arterial road south out of Leicester city and through Blaby. After you cross the M1 motorway, the village will be off to the left (east) about 1 mile.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE provides a photograph of the village sign on Geograph, taken in April, 2013.
     

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Willoughby Waterless 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

  • The land around the village has been mostly pasture for centuries.
     
  • In the 1800s and early 1900s many of the workers in the parish were graziers and/or farmers.
     
  • The General Elliott Pub. on Main Street ws the lace to go for local gossip and news.
     
  • Ian ROB has a photograph of the General Elliott on Geograph, taken in March, 2011.
     
  • These are the names associated with the place in various directories:
     
Year  Person
1849 Thomas NEWTON, junr.
1861 Thomas NEWTON, junr., vict.
1881 Thomas PAGE
1912 Albert HEATH
1916 Albert HEATH
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Manors

  • The web page author has been unable to find any discription of a manor house or hall at Willoughby Waterleys.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Old Hall on Geograph, taken in November, 2007.
     
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Military History

The parish has a World War I memorial described as "Six carved oak figures in reredos with associated plaque." The memorial was dedicated in September, 1919.

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Names, Geographical

  • The name "Willoughby" is common throughout England and normally derives from "hamlet or village where willows grow".
     
  • The origin of the name "Waterleys" or "Waterless" is unknown.
     
  • "Willoughby Waterless" is the official name of the parish, but "Willoughby Waterleys" is the preferred usage.
     
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Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicestershire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
     
  • The parish lies in the Guthlaxton Hundred in the southern division of the county.
     
  • This place is an ancient parish of Leicestershire.
     
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT funded to help you with family history research.
     
  • District governance is provided by the Harborough District Council.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Lutterworth petty session hearings every other Thursday.
     
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Lutterworth Poorlaw Union.
     
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Population

 Year Inhabitants
1801 272
1841 348
1871 377
1881 316
1891 279
1901 244
1911 207
1921 210
1961 191
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Schools

  • A National School was built here in 1846 to hold 51 children.