Packington, a village and a parish in Leicestershire. The village stands three-quarters of a mile E of the boundary with Derbyshire, and 1½ S of Ashby-de-la-Zouch station on the M.R., and has a post office under Ashby-de-la-Zouch; money order and telegraph office, Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The parish contains also the hamlet of Snibston and part of the chapelry of Coalville, and comprises 2396 acres; population of the civil parish, 489; of the ecclesiastical, with Snibston, 545. The manor belongs to the Earl of Loudoun. Most of the land and the collieries of Snibston belong to a colliery company. The living is a vicarage, with the chapelry of Snibston in Ravenstone parish annexed (4 miles distant from Packington), in the diocese of Peterborough; net value, £282 with residence, in the gift of the Earl of Loudoun. The church is an ancient building of stone in the Early English style, has at different times been partly rebuilt, and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower. There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels. At Snibston there is a church said to be the smallest in England, its measurement being 26 feet 1 in. by 13 feet 7 in., with a superficial floor space of 354¼ square feet. It is Early English in style, is dedicated to St Mary, and was repaired in 1894.
Findmypast, in association with the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, have the following parish records online for Packington:
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Land and Property
A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Leicestershire is online.
Online maps of Packington 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: