Leicestershire Work in progress

Leicestershire Vol. IX

Leicestershire vol. VIII

  • Research is now underway in South Leicestershire.
  • The village of Leire in south Leicestershire is believed to take its name from Legra, a pre-English name for the stream on which the village stands. For most of its history, residents have earned their living by farming. Like many places in the...
  • An 18th century coaching centre but a latecomer to rail, Lutterworth now sits close to the M1 and M6 motorways.  Significant research has been completed by volunteers, and we are raising funds to complete this and turn it into a...

Leicestershire vol. VII

  • Research on parishes in the Framland area, including Melton Mowbray and the Vale of Belvoir, will appear here. Our history of Buckminster and Sewstern was published as a paperback in 2017, and details can be found on the link to all our...
  • Kirby Bellars was a thriving parish in medieval times, but enclosure in the early 17th century resulted in some deliberate depopulation. The site of the priory has been disputed in the past, but this parish history reveals the correct site,...
  • Good progress has been made with this parish history. The first chapters are published here in draft, written by VCH volunteer Alan Fox, while work continues on the remainder. They are liable to change, as further research is completed. Welby is a...

Leicestershire vol. VI

  • Volunteers are researching parishes in the Soar and Wreake Valley areas and also in north-west Leicestershire. Our history of Castle Donington was published as a paperback in 2017. To purchase a copy, please visit the publications section of this...
  • Research is underway towards a history of Ibstock. This large village/town in NW Leics is on the edge of the Leicestershire coalfield. A coal mine was sunk in 1825, which also yielded large quantities of fire-clay and clay suitable for high-quality...
  • Sileby, 7 miles south of Loughborough, is a large and complex parish, shaped by canal, railway and industry.