Skeffington, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Skeffington, a parish, with a pleasant village, in Leicestershire, 4 miles S of Tilton station on the Newark and Market Harborough Joint Line of the G.N.R. and L. & N.W.R., and 10 E by S of Leicester. It has a post office under Leicester; money order and telegraph office, Billesdon. Acreage, 2189; population, 172. The manor with Skeffington Hall belongs to the Tailby family. Skeffington Hall was the seat of the baronet family of Skeffington, extinct in 1850; was the birthplace of Bishop and Lord Deputy Skeffington of the early part of the 16th century, and is a large mansion with castellated E and S front. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; gross value, £447 with residence. The church is an ancient edifice of stone in the Norman and Early English styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, S porch, and an embattled western tower.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Leicestershire
Ecclesiastical parish Skeffington St. Thomas Becket
Hundred East Goscote
Poor Law union Billesdon

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Church Records

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtLE7
Post TownLeicester