Lutterworth Genealogical Records

Lutterworth Birth & Baptism Records

England & Wales Birth Index (1837-2006)

An index to births registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of birth certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

FreeBMD Births (1837-1957)

An index to births registered at the central authority for England & Wales. The index provides the area where the birth was registered, mother's maiden name from September 1911 and a reference to order a birth certificate.

British Army Birth Index (1761-2005)

An index to births registered to British Army personal at home and abroad.

Birth Notices from The Times (1983-2003)

An index to over 100,000 birth and christening notices from The London Times.

London Clandestine Marriages & Baptisms (1667-1754)

Registers of clandestine marriages and baptisms from the Fleet Prison, King's Bench Prison, the Mint and the May Fair Chapel. These events were recorded to avoid church regulations. Although the majority of records related to people in the London area, they cover people from throughout Britain and in some cases abroad.

Lutterworth Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2005)

An index to marriages registered throughout England & Wales. This is the only national marriage index that allows you to search by both spouse's names. Provides a reference to order copies of marriage certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Leicester Archdeaconry Marriage Licences (1570-1729)

An index to marriage bonds and allegations issued by the Archdeaconry of Leicester. Contains the name of both parties (indexed by groom), their abodes and year of allegation.

Vicar General’s Office Marriage Licences (1600-1679)

Abstracts of marriage licences granted by the Vicar-General in London. These licences could be used to marry in any church in the Province of Canterbury.

Leicestershire Marriage Transcripts (1537-1939)

Transcripts of Anglican marriage registers from over 100 churches in Leicestershire.

UK Divorce Records (1858-1911)

Digital images of documents from civil divorce cases. The cases cover both the cause of the case and the outcome, such as division of property and visitation rights. These records also contain details of illegitimate children. Cases can be searched by a name index.

Lutterworth Death & Burial Records

England & Wales Death Index (1837-2006)

An index to deaths registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of death certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

FreeBMD Deaths (1837-1964)

An index to deaths registered at the central authority for England and Wales. To 1866, only the locality the death was registered in was listed. Age was listed until 1969, when the deceased's date of birth was listed. Provides a reference to order a death certificate, which has further details.

British Army Death Index (1796-2005)

An index to deaths of British Army personal at home and abroad.

Death Notices from The Times (1982-1988)

An index to over 54,000 death notices and obituaries from The London Times.

Lutterworth Church Records

Leicestershire & Rutland Churches (849-Present)

Profiles of parish churches in the counties of Leicestershire and Rutland. Richly illustrated with professional-grade photographs.

Act Books of the Archbishops of Canterbury (1663-1859)

An index to names and places mentioned in act books of the Province of Canterbury. It records various licences and conferments, such as marriage and physician licences.

England Parish Registers (1914-2013)

Documentation for those baptised, married and buried at England. Parish registers can assist tracing a family back numerous generations.

England Parish Registers (1817-1934)

The primary source of documentation for baptisms, marriages and burials before 1837, though extremely useful to the present. Their records can assist tracing a family back numerous generations.

Crockford's Clerical Directories (1868-1914)

Brief biographies of Anglican clergy in the UK.

Lutterworth Census & Population Lists

England, Wales, IoM & Channel Islands 1911 Census (1911)

The 1911 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1901 British Census (1901)

The 1901 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1891 British Census (1891)

The 1891 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1881 British Census (1881)

The 1881 census provides details on an individual's age, residence and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows for searches on multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

British Phone Books (1880-1984)

Directories containing over 275,000,000 entries. As well as name, address and phone number, occupations are often recorded. A useful census substitute.

Lutterworth Wills & Probate Records

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (1858-1966)

Searchable index and original images of over 12.5 million probates and administrations granted by civil registries. Entries usually include the testator's name, date of death, date of probate and registry. Names of relations may be given.

Archdeaconry of Leicester Will & Admon Index (1660-1750)

A calendar to wills and admons granted by the Archdeaconry of Leicester. Contains year of the grant, name and residence.

Derbyshire Will Index (1858-1928)

An index to wills, proved by the Derby Probate Registry. Index includes name, residence and year of probate. Contains entries for Yorkshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and other counties.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1649-1660)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1581-1595)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Newspapers Covering Lutterworth

Coventry Evening Telegraph (1891-1918)

Original images of a local newspaper, searchable via a full text index. Includes news from the Coventry area, business notices, obituaries, family announcements and more.

Coventry Times (1855-1879)

This fully searchable newspaper will provide a rich variety of information about the people and places of the Coventry district. Includes family announcements.

Leamington Spa Courier (1828-1913)

A database allowing full text searches of a newspaper covering local news, family announcements, obituaries, court proceedings, business notices and more in the Leamington Spa area.

Leicester Chronicle (1827-1900)

A database allowing full text searches of a newspaper covering local news, family announcements, obituaries, court proceedings, business notices and more in the Leicester area.

Coventry Herald (1824-1892)

A database allowing full text searches of a newspaper covering local news, family announcements, obituaries, court proceedings, business notices and more in the Coventry area.

Lutterworth Obituaries

iAnnounce Obituaries (2006-Present)

The UKs largest repository of obituaries, containing millions of searchable notices.

United Kingdom and Ireland Obituary Collection (1882-Present)

A growing collection currently containing over 425,000 abstracts of obituaries with reference to the location of the full obituary.

Quakers Annual Monitor (1847-1848)

A collection of 364 obituaries of Quakers from the British Isles. The volume was published in 1849 and includes obituaries of those who died in late 1847 through 1848.

Musgrave's Obituaries (1421-1800)

This transcribed and searchable work by Sir William Musgrave contains 10,000s of brief obituaries. The work is a reference point for other works containing information on an individual.

British Medical Journal (1849-Present)

A text index and digital images of all editions of a journal containing medical articles and obituaries of medical practitioners.

Lutterworth Cemeteries

Leicestershire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Leicestershire's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Billion Graves (1200-Present)

Photographs and transcriptions of millions of gravestones from cemeteries around the world.

Maritime Memorials (1588-1950)

Several thousand transcribe memorials of those connected with the nautical occupations.

Rail & Canal Photographs Catalog (1880-1970)

A searchable database of photographs relating to railways and canals in Britain.

Lutterworth Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland (1941)

A directory of settlements in Leicestershire & Rutland detailing their history, agriculture, topography, economy and leading commercial, professional and private residents.

Kelly's Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland (1928)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Leicestershire (1925)

A directory of settlements in Leicestershire detailing their history, agriculture, topography, economy and leading commercial, professional and private residents.

Kelly's Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland (1925)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland (1916)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Act Books of the Archbishops of Canterbury (1663-1859)

An index to names and places mentioned in act books of the Province of Canterbury. It records various licences and conferments, such as marriage and physician licences.

Home Office Prison Calendars (1868-1929)

Records of over 300,000 prisoners held by quarter sessions in England & Wales. Records may contain age, occupation, criminal history, offence and trial proceedings.

Central Criminal Court After-trial Calendars (1855-1931)

Over 175,000 records detailing prisoner's alleged offences and the outcome of their trial. Contains genealogical information.

Prison Hulk Registers (1802-1849)

From the late 18th century many prisoners in Britain were kept on decommissioned ships known as hulks. This collection contains nearly 50 years of registers for various ships. Details given include: prisoner's name, date received, age, year of birth and conviction details.

England & Wales Criminal Registers (1791-1892)

This collection lists brief details on 1.55 million criminal cases in England and Wales between 1791 and 1892. Its primary use is to locate specific legal records, which may give further details on the crime and the accused. Details may include the accused's age, nature of crime, location of trial and sentence. Early records can contain a place of birth.

Lutterworth Taxation Records

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures (1710-1811)

An index linked to original images of registers recording apprenticeship indentures. Details are given on the trade and nature of apprenticeship. Many records list the parents of the apprentice.

Red Book of the Exchequer (1066-1230)

A compilation of records from the Court of the Exchequer primarily dealing with taxes and land. These records are in Latin.

Index to Death Duty Registers (1796-1903)

An index to wills and administrations that incurred a death duty tax. The index can be used to order documents that give a brief abstract of the will and details on the duty. It can be used as a make-shift probate index.

Index to the Royalist Composition Papers (A-F) (1646-1656)

Index to personal names listed in the Royalist Composition Papers that dealt with the estates of royalists.

Lutterworth Land & Property Records

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

UK Poll Books and Electoral Rolls (1538-1893)

Poll books record the names of voters and the direction of their vote. Until 1872 only landholders could vote, so not everyone will be listed. Useful for discerning an ancestor's political leanings and landholdings. The collection is supplemented with other records relating to the vote.

Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem (1236-1291)

Abstracts of records detailing the estates and families of deceased tenants from the reigns of Henry III and Edward I.

Red Book of the Exchequer (1066-1230)

A compilation of records from the Court of the Exchequer primarily dealing with taxes and land. These records are in Latin.

Return of Owners of Land England (1873)

A list of landowners in England giving their primary residence, extent of their land and estimated yearly rental.

Lutterworth Occupation & Business Records

Midlands Mines Index (1896)

Profiles of coal and metal mines in the Midlands region of England.

Lost Pubs of Leicestershire (1750-Present)

Short histories of former public houses, with photographs and lists of owners or operators.

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

UK Medical Registers (1859-1959)

Books listing doctors who were licensed to operate in Britain and abroad. Contains doctor's residencies, qualification and date of registration.

Railway Employment Records (1833-1963)

A rich collection of records documenting those who worked for railway companies that were later absorbed by the government. Records include: staff registers, station transfers, pensions, accident records, apprentice records, caution books, and memos. Records may include date of birth, date of death and name of father.

Lutterworth School & Education Records

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge Alumni Database (1198-1910)

A searchable database containing over 90,000 note-form biographies for students of Cambridge University.

Dissenting Academy Database (1660-1860)

Histories of schools operated by non-conformist clergy.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering Lutterworth

Victoria County History: Leicestershire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Ancestry Member Family Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A compilation of lineage-linked family trees submitted by Ancestry users. The database contains over 2 billion individuals and is searchable by numerous metrics.

Lutterworth Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Victoria County History: Leicestershire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Leicestershire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Leicestershire's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Lutterworth Military Records

The Fifth of Leicestershire (1914-1919)

A history of the firth's WWI movements and campaigns.

Leicestershire WWI Memorials (1914-1918)

A list of names found on World War One monuments in Leicestershire, with some service details.

Leicestershire WWII Memorials (1914-1918)

A list of names found on World War Two monuments in Leicestershire, with some service details.

Prisoners of War of British Army (1939-1945)

A searchable list of over 100,000 British Army POWs. Records contains details on the captured, their military career and where they were held prisoner.

British Prisoners of World War II (1939-1945)

Details on around 165,000 men serving in the British Army, Navy and Air Force who were held as prisoners during WWII.

Lutterworth Immigration & Travel Records

Passenger Lists Leaving UK (1890-1960)

A name index connected to original images of passenger lists recording people travelling from Britain to destinations outside Europe. Records may detail a passenger's age or date of birth, residence, occupation, destination and more.

UK Incoming Passenger Lists (1878-1960)

A full index of passenger lists for vessels arriving in the UK linked to original images. Does not include lists from vessels sailing from European ports. Early entries can be brief, but later entries may include dates of births, occupations, home addresses and more. Useful for documenting immigration.

Alien Arrivals in England (1810-1869)

Details on over 600,000 non-British citizens arriving in England. Often includes age and professions. Useful for discerning the origin of immigrants.

17th Century British Emigrants to the U.S. (1600-1700)

Details on thousands of 17th century British immigrants to the U.S., detailing their origins and nature of their immigration.

Migration from North America to Britain & Ireland (1858-1870)

A list of over 40,000 passengers traveling from North America to the British Isles. Details of passengers may include: occupation, nationality, gender, age, martial status, class, destination, and details of the vessel they sailed on.

Lutterworth Histories & Books

Victoria County History: Leicestershire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Leicestershire & Rutland Churches (849-Present)

Profiles of parish churches in the counties of Leicestershire and Rutland. Richly illustrated with professional-grade photographs.

Leicestershire Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in Leicestershire.

Leicestershire Windmills (1998-Present)

An index of windmills in the county, with brief notes and some photographs.

Geograph: Photos of the UK and Ireland (2005-Present)

A growing database including millions of photographs of the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Ireland catalogued by latitude & longitude and OS grid reference.

Biographical Directories Covering Lutterworth

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Crockford's Clerical Directories (1868-1914)

Brief biographies of Anglican clergy in the UK.

The Concise Dictionary of National Biography (1654-1930)

A directory containing lengthy biographies of noted British figures. The work took over two decades to compile. Biographies can be searched by name and are linked to images of the original publication.

Church of England Clergy Database (1500-1835)

A database of CoE clergy, giving details of their education of service. Contains references to source documents. Also contains profiles of various church institutions.

Lutterworth Maps

Maps of Leicestershire (1611-1900)

Digital images of maps covering the county.

Ordnance Survey 1:10 Maps (1840-1890)

Maps showing settlements, features and some buildings in mainland Britain.

A Vision of Britain (1190-Present)

A sprawling website setting out and describing the historical divisions of Britain. Also contains countless maps of various sorts. Covers the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man & has fleeting details of other localities.

Speed's Maps of Britain (1612)

County and national maps covering the British Isles, extracted from John Speed's landmark work, Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain.

Maps of England (1360-1922)

Digital images of maps covering the country.

Lutterworth Reference Works

England Research Guide (1538-Present)

A beginner’s guide to researching ancestry in England.

Parish Register Abstract (1538-1812)

Compiled in 1831, this book details the coverage and condition of parish registers in England & Wales.

Building History Research Guide (1066-Present)

A comprehensive guide to researching the history of buildings in the British Isles.

Surname Origins (1790-1911)

A service that provides advanced and custom surname maps for the British Isles and the US.

British Family Mottoes (1189-Present)

A dictionary of around 9,000 mottoes for British families who had right to bear arms.

Lutterworth Information

Ecclesiastical Juristiction:

  • Canterbury province
    • Leicester diocese
      • Leicester archdeaconry
        • Guthlaxton deanery

    Historical Description

    Lutterworth, a market-town situated on the banks of the small river Swift, which soon after leaving the town joins the Avon. Leland describes this "towne as scant half so bigge as Loughborow; but in it there is an hospital of the foundation of two or three of the Verdounes, that they were lords of auncient tyme of the towne. A good part of the landes of Verdounes becum in processe unto the Lord Marquise of Dorsett. And the College of Asscheley in Warwickshire, by Nunneston, where the late Lorde Thomas Marquise of Dorsett was buried, was of the foundation of Thomas Lord Asteley. And all the landes and manor that the Lord Marquise of Dorsete hath in that egge of Leicestershire, or Warwickshire, were longing sum time to the Verdounes and Astleis. There riseth certain springes in the hilles a mile from Lutterworth. "

    Many of the houses of this town are regular and well-built of brick, but the more ancient buildings are of mud covered with thatch. The church is a large handsome building, with a nave, two aisles, a tower, and a chancel, which last is separated from the nave by a beautiful screen. The chancel is supposed by Burton to have been built by the Lord Ferrers of Groby, as his arms are cut on the outside over the great window; the tower is remarkably handsome, with four beautiful turrets; in the beginning of the 18th century, however, the roof was beat in by the fall of the spire, which was nearly feet higher than the present turrets. About the year 1740 the whole was repaired, a pavement of chequered stone laid, and all the inside made new except the pulpit, which is of thick oak planks, of an hexagonal shape, and has a seam of carved work, in the joints. This pulpit is preserved with great veneration in memory of the reformer Wickliffe, who was rector of this place; and died here on the 31st of December, 1887, of an attack of the palsy, which seized him as he was hearing mass, just at the elevation of the host: his body was buried in this church; but his doctrines being afterwards condemned by the council of Constance, his bones, which had lain in the earth upwards of forty years, were ordered to be taken from the grave, and after being burnt were thrown into the brook. These desperate proceedings created much commotion; and many crafty tales were invented and propagated to justify the conduct of the priests; but, says Mr. Gilpin, "The very names of Wickliffe, Lord Cobham, Huss, &c. will not only awaken sentiments of gratitude and veneration in every ingenuous heart, but will likewise excite a laudable desire of being particularly acquainted with the lives and characters of those eminent worthies, who in times of peculiar danger and difficulty, nobly dared to oppose the tyrannical usurpation and barbarous superstition of the Church of Rome, and sacrificing every valuable consideration on earth to the cause of truth and liberty. Wickliffe was in religion what Bacon was afterwards in science; the great detector of those arts and glosses, which the barbarism of ages had drawn together to obscure the mind of man." His portrait now hangs over the gallery at the west end of the church; the altar of which is adorned with an elegant painting of the Wise Men’s offering; and the communion table is covered with a cloth of purple velvet, wrought with gold, and is asserted to he the very garment worn by Wickliffe. The font, which was given by Basil, Earl of Denbigh, has a canopy or covering, which is very neat; it was erected in the year 1704, and is said to be an exact model of the old spire. The rectory, which is valuable is in the gift of the crown.

    In the reign of King John an hospital was founded here by Roise de Verdon and Nicholas her son for one priest and six poor men, and to keep hospitality for poor men travelling that way; the statutes for the regulation of this hospital, which were drawn up soon after the year 1319, under the sanction of John D’Alderby, bishop of Lincoln, are preserved among the records of that cathedral. Several donations were afterwards made to the hospital, among which, in the year 1322, William Poyntell gave eight messuages, with one yard land and a quarter, lying in Hill Morton, in the county of Warwick, for a chantry priest to sing mass for the souls of the said William and his wife.

    The principal manufacture carried on in this town is that of cotton; the stocking trade is likewise carried on here to some extent.

    The town of Lutterworth was formerly noted for a peculiar vassalage of its inhabitants; all of whom were obliged to grind their malt at one particular mill, and their corn at another. This arbitrary custom originated in an official order, or decree, made in the year 1681, enforcing the inhabitants to "grind their corn, malt, and grits, at certain ancient water corn-mills, called the Lodge Mills, and an ancient malt mill, within the manor of Lutterworth. "In this order it is specified, that King James was seized in his "demesne as of fee, in the right of the crown of England, of the said mills, &c. and did grant them in fee farm unto Edward Ferrars and Francis Philips, gentlemen, and their heirs and assigns, together with all the suit of mills, and benefit of grinding and mulcture; reserving unto his said late majesty, his heirs and successors, for ever, the yearly rent of 5l." This custom of feudal tyranny was continued till within half a century ago; when a person of the name of Bickley, not only roused his neighbours to resistance, but" had spirit enough to erect a mill of his own. His example was soon followed by others, so that several mills soon raised their heads in opposition to the old ones: the proprietor of which immediately commenced actions against all who had the presumption to dispute his right. The inhabitants entered into a bond to defend the action; and the contest was finally decided at Leicester assizes, on July 24, 1758, and given in favour of the parishioners, with costs of suit to the amount of 300l.

    Lutterworth is situated 89 miles from London, and consists, according to the late returns, of 410 houses, and 1845 inhabitants. The market is on Thursday.

    Near this town formerly stood a mansion, called the Spittal, belonging to the Shuckburgh family; and at the village of Misterton, about a mile to the east of Lutterworth, is Misterton Hall.

    In the neighbourhood of Lutterworth is a petrifying spring, the water of which is exceeding cold, and so strongly impregnated with petrifying particles, that in a very little time it converts wood and several other substances into stone.

    Topography of Great Britain, written: 1802-29 by George Alexander Cooke

    LUTTERWORTH is a small market and union town, pleasantly seated on the side of a hill sloping to the south, upon the banks of the small river Swift, a feeder of the Avon, and is a parish, on the borders of Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, with a station at Bye Hill, adjoining the town, on the Great Central railway and is 3 ¼ miles south-east from Ullesthorpe station on the Leicester and Rugby section of the Midland railway, 90 from London, 13 south-by-west from Leicester, 8 north-east from Rugby and 11 south-east from Hinckley, and is the head of a petty sessional division and county court district, in the Southern division of the county, hundred of Guthlaxton, rural deanery of Guthlaxton (second portion), archdeaconry of Leicester and diocese of Peterborough. The town is partially paved and lighted with gas from works at Eye Hill, built in 1851, at a cost of £2,500, and the property of a company. The water supply is chiefly obtained from town pumps, but the Lutterworth Freehold Land and Building Society have recently (1899) acquired the powers of a water company, and Mr. Thomas Green, engineer, of this town, has erected a windmill, pump and tank, to supply houses built on the estate, the water being obtained from a well 40 feet deep. The church of St. Mary the Virgin is a large and handsome building of stone, in the Early Decorated style, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave of five bays, aisles, south porch and a lofty western tower with crocketed pinnacles and containing 8 bells, 6 of which are dated respectively 1705, 1640, 1814, 1640, 1828, 1812, and in 1894 two new bells were added by T. F. Blackwell esq. J.P. and the whole tuned, rehung and refitted: the spire, 47 feet in height, was blown down in 1703 and the present parapet and pinnacles were erected subsequently: the chancel retains a priest’s door, aumbry and piscina, and in the chancel arch is a hagioscope: the aisles were built in the middle of the 14th century, and at the east end of the south aisle is a Decorated piscina: over the chancel arch is a singular fresco, representing the “General Besurrection,” brought to light during the restoration, and over the north door are three life-size figures, said to represent Richard II. Anne his wife and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the friend and patron of John Wickliffe, the great reformer, who was rector here from 1374 to 1384, and whose portrait is preserved in the churchy together with the remnant of a cope supposed to have been his; he died 31 Dec. 1384, and was here buried, but in 1428, in pursuance of a decree of the Council of Constance in 1415, his remains were exhumed, burnt, and the ashes cast into the Swift; in the church is a memorial to Wickliffe, consisting of an alto-relievo in white marble, executed by Sir Richard Westmacott R.A.: the ancient hexagonal oak pulpit still in use in the church is in part that from winch Wickliffe preached, and is principally constructed of thick oak boards of Early Perpendicular design, beautifully carved: there is an altar tomb with recumbent effigies in alabaster to John Feilding and Joan his wife, ancestors of the Feildings, Baron Feilding and Earls of Denbigh; there are also brasses with similar effigies incised and dated 1446 and 1458; amongst the modern monuments is a tablet to the Eight Rev. and Hon. Henry Ryder D.D. Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry (1824—36) and rector here from 1801 to 1814: there are several memorial windows: the organ was erected in 1886, at a cost of £800; and in 1889 a reredos was presented by Mr. T. F. Blackwell, of Harrow Weald, and in 1898 a new chalice valued at £40: the church was restored from designs by the late Sir Gilbert Scott B.A. in 1867—9 and completed in 1880, at a cost of £8,000, and in 1898 the belfry windows were renewed at a cost of nearly £200: there are 750 sittings. The register dates from the year 1653 and is in good condition. The living is a rectory, net yearly value £355, including 326 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of the Crown, and held since 1894 by the Rev. Frederick Cecil Alderson M.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge, canon residentiary of Peterborough Cathedral, hon. chaplain to H.M. the Queen and chaplain to Lutterworth union. The Catholic church, Bitteswell road, built in 1881, is dedicated to Our Lady of Victories and St. Alphonsus, and will seat about 100 persons; the site was presented by the late Earl of Denbigh; the buildings include a presbytery, and there is an attached cemetery. Here is also a Congregational chapel, erected in 1777, with 350 sittings; a Particular Baptist chapel, built in 1839; a Wesleyan chapel, built in 1815, and a meeting place for the Salvation Army. The Town Hall and Corn Exchange, in the High street, erected in 1836, at a cost, inclusive of site, of £1,600, is of brick stuccoed, the front being relieved by four columns of the Ionic order; the building also serves as a poultry and butter market: in the hall petty sessions are held, and it is also occasionally used for concerts, exhibitions and public meetings. The Wycliffe Memorial, erected in 1897 to commemorate the 60th year of the reign of H.M. the Queen, at the junction of Coventry and Hinckley roads, is an obelisk of Aberdeen granite, 30 feet in height. The Police Station, in Market street, for the hundred of Guthlaxton, was erected in 1842, and includes a residence for a superintendent. The Literary Institute, now used chiefly as a news-room, was erected near the church gates in 1876; adjoining is the station and engine house of the Fire Brigade, which is under the control of the parish council. There are branches here of Pares’s Leicestershire Bank, and of the Nottingham and District Bank Lim. The town not being the seat of any manufacture, its trade principally consists in supplying the agricultural interest of the neighbourhood. Thursday is the market day, and the principal fairs for cattle are held on the first Thursday after the 1st of April, Holy Thursday and the first Thursday after the 15th of September: on the Friday after the 16th of September there is a statute fair for hiring servants; on the Thursday after Old Michaelmas day there is a large sheep market and a statute fair for hiring servants, which is repeated on the two succeeding Thursdays. Fat and store stock sales are also occasionally held. The Agricultural Society holds a yearly show of horses, cattle, and sheep on the first Friday in August. The Horticultural and Poultry Society, established in 1859, also has a show annually at the end of August. The management of the property belonging to the town estate, which consists of 26 acres of land at Sapcote, 17 acres at Willey, in Warwickshire, 16 acres and several tenements &c. at Lutterworth, producing a gross income of nearly £300, is vested in 12 trustees, of whom the rector is the only ex-officio; the rest are elected by the parish council, but must possess a rating qualification of £25 a year. The town possesses many charitable endowments, chiefly for educational purposes, the largest of which is the Rev. E. Sherrier’s bequest, dated 1730, consisting of land situated at Shawell, Churchover and Lutterworth; others are Bishop Ryder’s, from houses in Lutterworth, the benefaction of the Poole family, derived from houses and land here and at Leicester, and Margaret Dent’s, from land at Willoughby Waterless, besides the Elkington charity; these various charities were, in 1874, amalgamated by a scheme of the Endowed School Commissioners and partly applied to the erection of buildings for the elementary schools, on a portion of the glebe land adjoining the churchyard and given by the late rector; the Test of the funds, with the proceeds from the sale of the Shawell farm, were employed principally in the foundation of a Grammar school for 30 boarders and 30 day scholars; two almsmen are also maintained out of the endowment funds, in accordance with Sherrier’s will: by further schemes framed in 1894 and 1898 the charities are now (1899) administered by a body of sixteen governors, six of whom are elected by the ratepayers for five years and six by the whole body of governors, and holding office for eight years, and three by the county council, and one who may be appointed by the governors of Mason’s College, Birmingham: several small doles are also distributed to the poor of the parish on St. Thomas Day. The principal landowners are the Earl of Denbigh, who is lord of the manor, Mrs. Anne Bamford and Mrs. Fielding Palmer. The land around is rich in pasturage. The area is 2,589 acres; rateable value, £10,773; the population in 1891 was 1,800, including 4 officers and 46 inmates in the workhouse.

    Petty Sessions are held in the Town hall generally on alternate thursdays at 12 noon The places in the Petty Sessional Division are:-Arnesby, Ashby Magna, Ashby Parva, Bittesby, Bitteswell, Broughton Astley, Bruntingthorpe, Catthorpe, Claybrooke Magna, Claybrooke Parva, Cotesbach, Dunton Bassett, Frowlesworth, Gilmorton, North Kilworth, South Kilworth, Kimcote & Walton, Knaptoft, Leire, Lutterworth, Misterton, Peatling Magna, Peatling Parva, Shawell, Shearsby, Swinford, Ullesthorpe, Westrill & Starmore, Wigston Parva, Willoughby Waterless.

    LUTTERWORTH UNION

    Board day, alternate thursdays, 11 a.m. at the Board room, Workhouse.

    The Union contains the following parishes:-Arnesby, Ashby Magna, Ashby Parva, Bittesby, Bitteswell, Broughton Astley, Bruntingthorpe, Catthorpe, Copston Magna (Warwick), Cotesbach, Dunton Bassett, Frolesworth, Gilmorton, Great Claybrooke, Kimcote with Walton, Knaptoft, Leire, Little Claybrooke, Lutterworth, Misterton, Monk’s Kirby (Warwick), North Kilworth, Pailton (Warwick), Peatling Magna, Peatling Parva, Shawell, Shearsby, South Kilworth, Stretton-under-Fosse (Warwick), Swinford, Ullesthorpe, Wibtoft (Warwick), Westrill & Starmore (Leicestershire), Willey (Warwick), Willoughby Waterless. The population of the union in 1898 was 11,483; area, 55,098 acres; rateable value 1899, £101,440.

    The Workhouse, at the extreme end of the old Wood market, was erected in the year 1840, to hold 200 inmates.

    PLACES OF WORSHIP, with times of services

    St. Mary the Virgin (parish church), Rev. Canon Frederick Cecil Alderson M.A. rector; Rev. Francis Valentine Heath M.A. curate; holy communion 8.30 a.m. & after morning prayer 1st Sunday in the month; 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; daily at 10 a.m.

    Catholic, Bitteswell road, Rev. Alfred Henry Hazeland; 8 & 10 a.m. & 6 p.m.; week days, 8 a.m.; Fri. 7 p.m.

    Baptist, Chapel street (supplies); 10.30 a.m. & 2 & 6 p.m.

    Congregational, George street, (vacant), 10.45 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; Mon. & Wed. 7 p.m.

    Wesleyan, Church gate, Herbert Wiles, lay agent; 2.45 & 6 p.m.; Fri. 8 p.m.

    SCHOOLS

    Governors appointed for the management of Edward Sherrier’s Charity at Lutterworth & Shawell-Co-optative: Canon Alderson, chairman; Thomas Herbert Watson esq. vice-chairman; M.C.Buszard esq. Q.C. barrister-at-law, L. Topham Topham esq. the Rev. C. Bodwell J.P. & the Rev. Frederick Walter Thoyts. Bepresentative: Henry Blunt, William Footman, Thomas Brown, James King, Thomas Hurley & Frederick William Bottrill, appointed by the ratepayers; Benjamin Hurst, John Chas. Bassett & Herbert Pace Rodgers, appointed by the Leicestershire County Council; clerk to the governors, Thomas Coaton Bodycote, High street.

    The Grammar School, erected in 1880, for 30 boarders & 30 day scholars, is a substantial building, standing in grounds of five acres; in addition to the head-master’s house, includes a lofty dining hall, recreation room, dormitories, wardrobe room, lavatory &c. & all conveniences for a boarding school; headmaster, the Rev. Henry Sylvanus Biggs B.A. of the University of London.

    Elementary, George street, erected in 1876, for 150 boys, 135 girls & 135 infants; average attendance, 120 boys, 110 girls & 90 infants.

    Kelly's Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland (1899)

    Surnames Found in Lutterworth

    RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
    1Sharp432.25
    2Smith402.10
    3Hipwell291.52
    4Sharpe231.21
    5King221.15
    6Green211.10
    7Cumberlidge191.00
    8O'Ram191.00
    9Begley191.00
    10Clarke180.94
    11Walden180.94
    12Barrows170.89
    13Wright170.89
    14Turner160.84
    15Herbert160.84
    16Chown160.84
    17Falkner140.73
    18Collins140.73
    19Timson140.73
    20Lee130.68
    21Cole130.68
    22Grain130.68
    23Lea130.68
    24Ellson130.68
    25Fox130.68
    26Stevens120.63
    27Woodward120.63
    28Dyson120.63
    29Bosworth120.63
    30Harris120.63
    31Bailey110.58
    32West110.58
    33Gilbert110.58
    34Grainger110.58
    35Matthews110.58
    36Shortland110.58
    37Manger110.58
    38Wilson110.58
    39Mawby110.58
    40Ward110.58
    41Coleman100.52
    42Busby100.52
    43Pagge100.52
    44Watson100.52
    45Miles100.52
    46Jennings100.52
    47Bodycote90.47
    48Bottrill90.47
    49Brown90.47
    50Baxter90.47
    51Tew90.47
    52Walton90.47
    53Dalby90.47
    54Bennett90.47
    55Sawbridge90.47
    56Shipman90.47
    57Robinson90.47
    58Corrall90.47
    59Chamberlin80.42
    60Beecham80.42
    61Smart80.42
    62Holt80.42
    63Dobson80.42
    64Sarson80.42
    65Hurley80.42
    66Simms80.42
    67Holyland80.42
    68Wale80.42
    69Adkins80.42
    70Cook80.42
    71Coaton80.42
    72Hill80.42
    73Blunt80.42
    74Boneham70.37
    75Underwood70.37
    76Barlow70.37
    77Childs70.37
    78Webb70.37
    79Buck70.37
    80Vernon70.37
    81Cobley70.37
    82Baker70.37
    83Carter70.37
    84Mawson70.37
    85Dunkley70.37
    86Burdett70.37
    87Morris70.37
    88Hine70.37
    89Aspell70.37
    90Laughton70.37
    91Chater70.37
    92Woodford70.37
    93Rose70.37
    94Cameron70.37
    95Moody70.37
    96Chamberlain70.37
    97Ball70.37
    98Jones70.37
    99Ludlow70.37
    100Jemmings60.31

    * Statistics based on the 1881 census