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Lilbourne, Northamptonshire

Historical Description

Lilbourne, a village and a parish in Northamptonshire. The village stands on the river Avon, near the Rugby and Market Harborough section of the L. & N.W.B., on which it has a station, near the meeting-point of Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, and Warwickshire, 4 miles from Rngby. Post town and money order office, Rugby; telegraph office, Clifton. The parish comprises 1710 acres; population, 195. The manor belongs to Lord Braye. Extensive tumuli are in a field at the E end of the church, and at the base of these a castle was built in the 2nd century by the Romans during their second invasion. This was destroyed in the 12th century, and it is said that the churches of Lilbourne and Clay Coton were built from its materials in the 13th century. An engagement between the Danes and the Saxons is said to have been fought at Roundhill. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough; gross value, £147 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church, a building of stone partly in the Early English style, consists of nave, aisles, and chance], with low embattled tower. There is a Wesleyan chapel and also three small charities.

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 CountyNorthamptonshire 
Ecclesiastical parishLilbourn All Saints 
Poor Law unionRugby 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1573., in association with the Northamptonshire Record Office, have images of the Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts for Northamptonshire online.


Church of England

All Saints (parish church)

The church of All Saints is a building of stone, dating from 1107, and consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and a low embattled western tower containing 5 bells: the rood loft stairs remain in the south aisle, and over the eastern gable of the nave is a bell-cote, formerly containing a sanctus bell: the chancel was repaired in 1865 by the lord of the manor: the church was restored in 1909 at a cost of £950.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Lilbourne from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Northamptonshire is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Northamptonshire papers online:

RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtCV23
Post TownRugby