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Long Whatton, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Long Whatton, a village and a parish in Leicestershire, 4¼ miles NW by W from Loughborough station on the M.R. and L. & N.W.R., with a post office under Loughborough;. money order and telegraph office, Hathern. Acreage, 2051; population, 638. Framework knitting is carried on. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; gross. value, £380 with residence. The church, which was almost wholly rebuilt in 1866, is a building of stone in the Early Decorated style. There are also Baptist and Wesleyan chapels. Whatton House, the seat of Lord Crawshaw, is a mansion standing in a park of 120 acres.

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 parishLong Whatton All Saints 
HundredWest Goscote 
Poor Law unionLoughborough 

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

Church Records

The parish registers date from the year 1545 and are perfect.

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



The church of All Saints, a building of stone in the Early Decorated style, consists of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled tower at the east end of the south aisle, containing a clock and 3 bells, one being mediaeval; they were rehung in 1900: an arcade of three arches divides the nave from the south aisle, the north arcade having four arches; the piers in both are octagonal but much higher on the north side: at the east end of the south aisle is a tomb, surmounted by a handsome alsbaster urn, to various members of the Dawson family, and on the wall near are numerous tablets to other members of that family and to the Townleys: in the chancel is a memorial to the Rev. John Marshall, curate here for 30 years, d. 1848: the stained east window is a memorial to John Martin esq. of Whatton House, d. 1864: there is a stained window in the north aisle to Lady Crawshaw, d. 1914: there are two piscinae, one in the south and one in the north aisle, which has also a blocked doorway, and in the chancel an ancient carved oak chair, initialled and dated "I W 1655" the Norman font is carved with the star and cable ornament: in 1894 an oak screen was presented by the 1st Lord Crawshaw in memory of his daughter, Mrs. Knowles, of Colston Bassett, Notts: the pulpit and reading desks are both of exquisitely carved oak: the bible belonging to the church was once stolen by a man of the parish, named Garner, who when pursued threw it into a neighbouring brook, for which he was tried at Leicester, and condemned to death; the bible was subsequently recovered, and is now in the chest: the church was partially restored in 1850 by Edward Dawson esq. and in 1866 was nearly rebuilt, at a cost of £1,500: in 1900 the church was again repaired: at the same time two oak screens were presented by the 1st Lord Crawshaw: in 1913 a new organ was provided: there are 350 sittings.

There is a Baptist chapel here, founded in 1799, with 230 sittings, and a Wesleyan Methodist chapel.

Civil Registration

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Long Whatton from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Long Whatton are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

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

DistrictNorth West Leicestershire
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtLE12
Post TownLoughborough