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Nether and Over Seal, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Seal, Nether and Over, two villages, a township, and a parish in Leicestershire, on the borders of Derbyshire and Staffordshire, bounded on the S by the river Mease, 2½ miles SSW from Moira station on the Burton, Ashby, and Nuneaton branch of the M.R., and 5½ SW from Ashby-de-la-Zouch. There is a post, money order, and telegraph office at Over Seal, under Ashby-de-la-Zouch, and there is a post office at Nether Seal. Over Seal is a hamlet of the parish of Seal, about 1½ mile N of the village of Nether Seal, and 4 miles SW from Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Acreage of the civil parish, 3795; population, 1513; of the ecclesiastical, 1546. For parish council purposes, Nether Seal and Over Seal has been divided, each having a parish council consisting of six members. There is a large colliery in the parish. A British camp was at Cadborough, and a barrow is near Dead Dane Bottom. Nether Seal Hall is an ancient Tudor mansion, and the Old Hall and Grangewood House are chief residences. Near Nether Seal Hall, on a tract of land called " No-Man's Heath," there is an ancient boundary stone, having four sides, each of which is in one of the counties of Leicester, Derby, Warwick, and Stafford. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; gross value, £885 with residence. The church is an ancient building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, N aisle, S porch, and a western tower. It has a tomb of the 15th century, with the effigy of a former rector. There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels, and some endowed almshouses for nine poor persons. There is also a chapel of ease at Over Seal.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

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