DADLINGTON, a chapelry, in the parish of Hinckley, union of Market-Bosworth, hundred of Sparkenhoe, S. division of the county of Leicester, 3 miles (N. W. by N.) from Hinckley; containing 180 inhabitants. Before the Conquest, Leofric, Earl of Mercia, gave this place to the priory of Coventry, and in the reign of Henry I. the priory gave it to Hugh de Hastings. The lands have since been held by many families, among others by the Ferrers family, the Pulteneys, Greys, and Burtons: in 1772 the manor was bought by William Hurst, Esq. Dadlington comprises 1021a. 3r. 23p. of land, and is situated on an eminence on the east side of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch canal; the soil is gravelly, and the surface diversified. The chapel, dedicated to St. James, is a structure of great antiquity, with a wooden turret, and a few fragments of stained glass in its windows. In the village is a small Independent meeting-house, and a school is supported in connexion with the National Society.