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Shearsby, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Shearsby, a township and a chapelry in Knaptoft parish, Leicestershire, 5 miles SSW of Wigston railway station, and 6½ NE of Lutterworth. Post town, Rugby; money order office, Husbands Bosworth; telegraph office, Ribworth Harcourt. Acreage, 1128; population of the township, 225; of the ecclesiastical district, with Knaptoft and Mowsley, 659. There is a spring of water which is used for rheumatism and skin diseases, and an inn has been built near it. The church is a building of stone consisting of nave and a western tower.

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 
Civil parishKnaptoft 
Poor Law unionLutterworth 

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

Church Records

The register of baptisms dates from 1711; marriages, 1713; burials, 1710.

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



Church of England

St. Mary Magdalen (parish church)

The church of St. Mary Magdalen is an Early English building of stone, consisting of nave and a western tower, erected in 1789 and containing 4 bells, three of which are dated 1625, 1796, 1620, the fourth having no date: in the church is an ancient rood-screen of carved oak, sedilia for two priests and a piscina: there are 300 sittings.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Shearsby 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 Shearsby 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:

RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtLE17
Post TownLutterworth