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Swithland, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Swithland, a parish, with a village, in Leicestershire, 2¼ miles SW of Mountsorrel, 4 WSW of Sileby station on the main line of the M.R., and 6 S from Loughborough. It has a post office under Loughborough; money order and telegraph office, Woodhouse Eaves. Acreage, 1145; population, 213. The manor, with Swithland Hall, a fine mansion standing on an eminence amidst a beautiful park, and most of the land, belongs to the Earl of Lanesborough. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; gross value, £200 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is an ancient building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, S aisle, private chapel of the Danvers-Butler family, Earls of Lanesborough, and an embattled western tower. There is a Wesleyan chapel. Excellent blue slate is found in this parish in considerable quantities.

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 parishSwithland St. Leonard 
HundredWest Goscote 
Poor Law unionBarrow-upon-Soar 

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

Church Records

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtLE12
Post TownLoughborough