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Thornton, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Thornton, a small village, a township, and a parish in Leicestershire, 1¼ mile SE from Bagworth station on the Leicester and Burton branch of the M.R., and 5 miles NE by E from Market Bosworth. There is a post office under Leicester; money order and telegraph office, Bagworth (R.S.) Acreage of the township, 2180; population, 500; of the ecclesiastical parish, with Bagworth and Stanton-under-Bardon, 1494. The living is a vicarage, with Bagworth and Stanton chapelries, in the diocese of Peterborough; joint net value, £210 with residence. The church is a building of stone in the Early English style. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 parishThornton St. Peter 
Poor Law unionMarket-Bosworth 

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

Church Records

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


Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Thornton 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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DistrictHinckley and Bosworth
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtLE67