Eaton, a village and a parish in Leicestershire, on the river Devon, 3 miles SE from Harby and Stathern station, on the G. N. and L. & N.W. Joint railway, and 8 NE by N from Melton-Mowbray, with a post office under Grantham; money order and telegraph office, Knipton. Acreage, 1769; population, 437. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough; net yearly value, £106 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is a neat building, with tower and spire. There are Wesleyan and Congregational chapels.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Eaton St. Denis|
|Poor Law union||Melton-Mowbray|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register is of parchment and dates from the year 1788.
Findmypast, in association with the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, have the following parish records online for Eaton:
Church of England
St. Denis (parish church)
The church of St. Denis is a building of stone in the Norman and later styles, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave of three bays, aisles, Norman south porch and an embattled Norman tower with pinnacles and spire, containing 5 bells, dated 1589, 1618, 1628, 1788 and 1885: there is a very handsome Early English oak screen of the 14th century; a new clock in the tower and a tablet in the church commemorate the men of this parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18: in 1905 the church was restored and reseated with chairs and a new vestry added, and now affords 160 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Eaton from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Eaton (St. Denis))
Land and Property
A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Leicestershire is online.
Online maps of Eaton are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Leicestershire newspapers online: