Laughton, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Laughton, a parish in Leicestershire, on the Grand Union Canal, 2 miles N of Theddingworth station on the L. &N.W.B., and 5 ¼ W by N of Market Harborough. Post town, Rugby½ money order and telegraph office, Theddingworth. Acreage, 1151; population, 108. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; net value, £220 with residence. The-church is a small and ancient building of stone in the Gothic style, containing numerous mural tablets. There are some-charities.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1754.


Church of England

St. Luke (parish church)

The church of St. Luke is a small but ancient building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, small vestry, and an open western turret containing one bell: the chancel retains a piscina and two sedilia: there is a marble tablet to the Rev. Barton Shuttleworth M.A., former rector, d. 13 March, 1754, and to Frances, his wife, d. 13 May, 1792, and other marble tablets to the Rev. William Cave Humfrey, a former rector from 1833, and his wife, with others of the name: in the nave is a slate slab with brass shield of arms and inscription to Col. William Cole, lord of this manor and an officer in the service of Charles I. and three succeeding monarchs, ob. 27 March. 1698, and Barbara, his first wife: at the west end is a stained lancet window: a brass tablet was erected in the church in 1920, inscribed with the names of the men of the parish who lost their lives in the Great War, 1914-18: the communion plate is silver: the church was restored in 1880, at a cost of £1,400, when the church was rebuilt and seated anew: there are 80 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Leicestershire is online.


Old maps of Laughton are available on the site, and a current map is available on the site.