Rothley, a village, a township, and a parish in Leicestershire. The village stands on an affluent of the river Soar, 1¼ mile S from Mountsorrel, 2 miles SW from Sileby station, 3 W from Syston Junction station (both on the M.R), and 5¼ N from Leicester. It lias a post and telegraph office under Loughborough; money order office, Mountsorrel; and an ancient manorial court-house. The township comprises, with Rothley Temple, formerly an extra-parochial liberty, 2129 acres; population of the civil parish, 1199; of the ecclesiastical, 1430. The parish contains also the township and chapelry of Keyham, which is noticed separately. There are granite quarries at Mountsorrel, many of the inhabitants are framework knitters, and boot and shoe making is carried on. The manor belongs to the Merttens family. Till recently Rothley Temple belonged to the Babington family, who were in possession for 300 years. Lord Macanlay (Baron Macaulay of Rothley) was born here. The Barrow-upon-Soar Workhouse is in Rothley township, and is a commodious structure with a Tudor front. The living is a vicarage, united with the chapelries of Keyham and Wycombe-with-Chadwell, in the diocese of Peterborough; net value, £400 with residence. The church is an ancient edifice of granite in the Early Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, and an embattled western tower. It contains a Perpendicular screen of carved oak, a Norman font, some good stained windows, and some ancient memorials of the Babington family. The vicarage of Mountsorrel is a separate benefice. There are Baptist, Wesleyan, and Primitive Methodist chapels.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Rothley St. Mary|
|Poor Law union||Barrow-upon-Soar|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Rothley from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Rothley (St. Mary))
Land and Property
A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Leicestershire is online.
Online maps of Rothley 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: