Pickwell, a village and a parish in Leicestershire, adjacent to Rutland, 4 miles E by N of John of Gaunt station on the Newark, Melton, and Nottingham branch of the Great Northern and London and North-Western Joint railway, and 5¾½ SE of Melton Mowbray. The parish contains the hamlet of Leesthorpe, and its post town is Oakham; money order and telegraph office, Somerby. Acreage, 2378; population, 262. The manor of Pickwell belongs to the Frewen family. Leesthorpe Hall stands on the road to Melton Mowbray, and is a fine country mansion. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; gross value, £389 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Gainsborough. The church is a building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, S porch, and an embattled western tower. Dr Cave, the author of " Lives of the Apostles " and other works, was a native.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Pickwell All Saints|
|Poor Law union||Melton-Mowbray|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Pickwell from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Pickwell (All Saints))
Land and Property
A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Leicestershire is online.
Online maps of Pickwell 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
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