Heather, a parish in Leicestershire, on the river Sence, and 5 miles SE by S from Ashby-de-la-Zouch. It has a station on the Ashby and Nuneaton, L. & N.W., and Midland Joint railways, and a post office under Ashby-de-la-Zouch; money order and telegraph office, Ibstock. Acreage, 1042; population, 538. The manor house contains some relics of a com-mandery of the Rnights of St John, which dated prior to the time of Riog John, and was given at the dissolution to Oliver St John and Robert Thornton. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; gross yearly value, £333. The church is an ancient stone building of the Early English period, and there are Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan chapels. There is a colliery, and also brick, tile, and terra-cotta works.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Heather St. John|
|Poor Law union||Ashby-de-la-Zouch|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register dates from the year 1619, and is in fair condition.
Findmypast, in association with the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, have the following parish records online for Heather:
Church of England
St. John the Baptist (parish church)
The church of St. John the Baptist is an ancient building of stone of the Early English period, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles and an embattled western tower with pinnacles, containing 3 bells, one dated 1734 and two undated: there is a mural monument to Stephen Everard, dated 1615: the stained east window was erected by the Rev. Evans Belcher in 1885 to his ancestors, the three previous rectors: the church was repaired about 1846 and again in 1886, and in 1917 extensions to the churchyard were made: there are 200 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Heather from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Heather (St. John))
Land and Property
A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Leicestershire is online.
Online maps of Heather 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: