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Pickwell, Leicestershire

Historical Description

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.

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 parishPickwell All Saints 
Poor Law unionMelton-Mowbray 

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

Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Pickwell from the following:

Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtLE14
Post TownMelton Mowbray