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Wigston Magna (All Saints)

WIGSTON MAGNA (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Blaby, hundred of Guthlaxton, S. division of the county of Leicester, 3½ miles (S. S. E.) from Leicester; containing 2189 inhabitants. This parish was formerly designated Wigston-Two-Steeples, from its having two churches, one of which, now in a very dilapidated state, is used as a schoolroom. At a place called the Gaol Close, during the war in the reign of Charles I., a temporary prison was erected, to which the prisoners were removed from the county gaol at Leicester: the royal army lay in the vicinity some few days. The village is pleasantly situated on the road between Welford and Leicester, and is chiefly inhabited by persons employed in the manufacture of stockings. The Leicester canal runs through the parish, and a station on the Midland railway has been established here. The parish comprises 2944a. 1r. 3p.; the soil is a strong marly loam, producing excellent wheat and beans, and there are large tracts of luxuriant meadow land. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £9. 8. 9.; net income, £107; patrons, alternately, the Haberdashers' Company, and the Governors of Christ's Hospital, London. The tithes were commuted for land in 1764. There is a place of worship for Independents; also a lunatic asylum; and an hospital for six widows and as many widowers, endowed with £3000 by Miss Clarke.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.