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Humberstone, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Humberstone, a village and a parish in Leicestershire. The village stands near the M.R., 2¼ miles ENE from Leicester, and has a station on the G.N.R., and a post office under Leicester; money order office, New Humberstone; telegraph office, Charawood Street. The parish comprises 1175 acres; population of the civil parish, 365; of the ecclesiastical, 450. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough; gross yearly value, £750 with residence. The church is a fine building of stone in the Early English style, has a tower and spire, and contains an old altar-tomb. There is a small Congregational chapel. Humberstone Hall is a chief residence.

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 parishHumberstone St. Mary 
HundredEast Goscote 
Poor Law unionBillesdon 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1552, but is imperfect.

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



Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is a building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and a lofty western tower, with spire, and containing 6 bells, five of which date from 1620 to 1743: in the church is an altar tomb to Richard Hotoft, dated 1451: the east window is stained, and there are others in the nave and chancel to the Paget, Kendall and Dudley families: there are 400 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Humberstone from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Leicestershire is online.


Online maps of Humberstone are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Leicestershire newspapers online:

CountyCity of Leicester
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtLE5
Post TownLeicester