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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Humberstone St. Mary|
|Poor Law union||Billesdon|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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.
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:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Humberstone (St. Mary))
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:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Leicestershire newspapers online: