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Wigston Magna, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Wigston Magna, a town and a civil and ecclesiastical parish in Leicestershire. The town stands 4 miles SSE of Leicester, and has two stations, called Wigston Junction and Wigston South, on the M.R. It has recently undergone much improvement, and carries on considerable trade in framework-knitting, &c. The M.R. Company have established some engine sheds here which provide employment for 300 workpeople. The town has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Leicester, and a post, money order, and telegraph office at South Wigston. There are working-men's clubs at Wigston and South Wigston, and a Conservative club at Wigston. The manor belongs to the baronet family of Halford. Wigston Hall is a fine mansion standing in well-timbered grounds. There are two churches, a circumstance which in former times gave the parish the name of Wigston-two-Steeples. The church of St Wolstan is an ancient building of the Decorated period, consisting of nave and a western tower with spire. All Saints' Church is a building of rubble granite in the Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, N and S porches, and a tower with a lofty crocheted spire. There are Calvinistic, Congregational, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan chapels at Wigston, and a Wesleyan chapel and four mission halls at South Wigston. The parish includes South Wigston, and comprises 3119 acres; population, 7013. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough; gross value, £230 with residence. Patron, alternately the Haberdashers' Company and Christ's Hospital, London.

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 parishWigston Magna All Saints 
Poor Law unionBlaby 

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Church Records

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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DistrictOadby and Wigston
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtLE18
Post TownWigston