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Croxton Kerrial, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Croxton-Keyrial, a village and a parish in Leicestershire, at the head of the river Devon, adjacent to Lincolnshire, 5 miles from Redmile station on the G.N. & L. & N.W. Joint Railway, and 7 SW of Grantham, with a post office of the name of Croxton, under Grantham; money order and telegraph office, Knipton. Acreage, 3333; population, 567. Croxton Park was formerly the Duke of Rutland's hunting-. seat, and it has long been noted for races held about the end of March or early in April, but the mansion on it, built in 1730, has been partly pulled down. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough; gross yearly value, £180 with residence. Patron, the Duke of Rutland. The church is a building of stone in the Early English style, and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with porch and square-embattled tower. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 CountyLeicestershire 
Ecclesiastical parishCroxton-Keyrial St. John 
Poor Law unionGrantham 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The parish register dates from 1559, but is defective.

Findmypast, in association with the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, have the following parish records online for Croxton Kerrial:



Church of England

St. John the Baptist (parish church)

The church of St. John the Baptist is a stone building in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave of three bays, aisles, south porch and an embattled central tower with pinnacles and a clock, and containing 6 bells, two of which are dated respectively 1603 and 1674: in the north wall is a tablet of marble and alabaster, surmounted by the head of Our Lord, and erected by public subscription in memory of the 16 men from this parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18: the old oak 15th century benches in this church are remarkable for the richness and beauty of the carving: there are 280 sittings.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Croxton Kerrial from the following:

Land and Property

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

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Leicestershire newspapers online:

RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtNG32
Post TownGrantham