Leicestershire: Local History Resources

The landlocked county of Leicestershire, found in the regions called the English Midlands, is an urban county famous for its food products. Stilton cheese, Red Leicester cheese, and Melton Mowbray pork pies are found in almost every supermarket in England because they are so popular. 

But the county also boasts a wealth of historic buildings and sites that entertain and educate their visitors.

What counties border Leicestershire?

Leicestershire borders the counties of Nottinghamshire to the north, Lincolnshire to the north-east, Rutland to the east, Northamptonshire to the south-east, Warwickshire to the south-west, Staffordshire to the west, and Derbyshire to the north-west.

Leicestershire History Facebook Groups

  • Ibstock Historical Society
  • Melton Local History Society

Leicestershire Local History Resources

There is an extensive range of UK national resources which also cover the history of Leicestershire’s people and places. In addition, a number of groups, resources and centres exist purely to focus on the county’s history:

  • Ashby de la Zouch Local History Society
  • Birstall & District Local History Society
  • Blaby Heritage & Museum Society Group
  • Bottesford Living History
  • Bottesford Local History Society
  • Coalville Heritage Society
  • Desford & District Local History Society
  • Diseworth Local History Society
  • Dunton Bassett Local History Society
  • Earl Shilton & District Local History Group
  • Enderby Heritage Group
  • Fleckney History Group
  • Great Easton & District Local History Society
  • Greater Wigston Historical Society
  • Hathern Local History Society
  • Herricks & Beaumanor Society
  • Hinckley Local History Group
  • Ibstock Historical Society
  • Leicestershire Archaeological & Historical Society
  • Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society
  • Kibworth Harcourt Conservation Society
  • Leicester Civic Society
  • Leicestershire & Rutland Blue Badge Guides
  • Long Whatton Local History Society
  • Loughborough Archaeological & Historical Society
  • Lutterworth Local History Group
  • Market Harborough Historical Society
  • Measham Village History Group
  • Melton Mowbray Fieldworkers
  • Oadby Local History Society
  • Queniborough Local History Group
  • Rothley History Society
  • Swannington Heritage Trust
  • Whitwick Historical Group
  • Wigston Civic Society
  • Wolds Historical Organisation
  • Woodhouse & Woodhouse Eaves Local History Group

Cities, Towns and Villages of Leicestershire

  • Ab Kettleby, Abbots Oak, Acresford, Albert Village, Allexton, Anstey, Appleby Magna, Appleby Parva, Arnesby, Asfordby, Asfordby Hill, Asfordby Valley, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal, Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Ashby Folville, Ashby Magna, Ashby Parva, Ashby Woulds, Aston Flamville, Atterton, Aylestone
  • Bagworth, Bardon, Barkby, Barkby Thorpe, Barkestone-le-Vale, Barlestone, Barrow upon Soar, Barsby, Barton in the Beans, Barwell, Battleflat, Battram, Beaumont Leys, Bede Island, Beeby, Belcher’s Bar, Belgrave, Belton, Belvoir, Belvoir Castle, Belvoir Gardens, Bescaby, Billesdon, Bilstone, Birstall, Bittesby, Bitteswell, Blaby, Blackfordby, Blaston, Boothorpe, Botcheston, Bottesford, Boundary, Bradgate Park, Branston, Brascote, Braunstone, Breedon on the Hill, Brentingby, Bringhurst, Brooksby, Broughton Astley, Bruntingthorpe, Buckminster, Bull in Oak, Burbage, Burrough on the Hill, Burton Lazars, Burton on the Wolds, Burton Overy, Bushby
  • Cadeby, Carlton, Carlton Curlieu, Castle Donington, Catthorpe, Cavendish Bridge, Chadwell, Charley, Chilcote, Church Langton, Clarendon Park, Claybrooke Magna, Claybrooke Parva, Coalville, Cold Newton, Cold Overton, Coleorton, Coleorton Moor, Congerstone, Copt Oak, Cosby, Cossington, Coston, Cotes, Cotesbach, Cotes-de-Val, Coton, Countesthorpe, Cranoe, Croft, Cropston, Cross in Hand, Croxton Kerrial
  • Dadlington, Dane Hills, Desford, Diseworth, Dishley, Donington le Heath, Donisthorpe, Drayton, Drayton-in-the-Clay, Dunton Bassett
  • Earl Shilton, East Goscote, East Langton, East Norton, Easthorpe, Eastwell, Eaton, Edmondthorpe, Ellistown, Elmesthorpe, Enderby, Evington, Evington Valley, Eye Kettleby, Eyres Monsell
  • Far Coton, Farm Town, Fenny Drayton, Field Head, Fleckney, Fosse Shopping Park, Foston, Foxton, Foxton Locks, Freeby, Frisby, Frisby on the Wreake, Frog Island, Frolesworth
  • Gaddesby, Garthorpe, Gaulby, Gelsmoor, Gilmorton, Glen Hills, Glen Parva, Glenfield, Glooston, Goadby, Goadby Marwood, Goodwood, Gopsall, Grace-Dieu, Great Bowden, Great Dalby, Great Easton, Great Glen, Great Stretton, Greenhill, Griffydam, Grimston, Groby, Grove Park, Gumley
  • Hallaton, Halstead, Hamilton, Harby, Harston, Hathern, Heather, Heathley Park, Hemington, Higham on the Hill, Highfields, Hinckley, Hoby, Holwell, Horninghold, Hose, Hoton, Houghton on the Hill, Hugglescote, Humberstone, Huncote, Hungarton, Husbands Bosworth
  • Ibstock, Illston, Illston on the Hill, Ingarsby, Isley Walton
  • John O’Gaunt
  • Kegworth, Keyham, Keythorpe, Kibworth Beauchamp, Kibworth Harcourt, Kilby, Kilby Bridge, Kimcote, King’s Mills, Kings Norton, Kirby Bellars, Kirby Fields, Kirby Muxloe, Kirkby Mallory, Knaptoft, Knighton, Knipton, Knossington
  • Langley Priory, Laughton, Launde, Leesthorpe, Leicester, Leicester Castle, Leicester Forest East, Leicester Forest West, Leire, Lindley, Little Bowden, Little Dalby, Little Orton, Little Stretton, Little Twycross, Littlethorpe, Lockington, Loddington, Long Clawson, Long Whatton, Loughborough, Lount, Lowesby, Lubenham, Lutterworth
  • Magna Park, Marefield, Market Bosworth, Market Harborough, Markfield, Measham, Medbourne, Melton Mowbray, Misterton, Moira, Mountsorrel, Mowmacre Hill, Mowsley, Muston
  • Nailstone, Nanpantan, Narborough, Nether Broughton, Nevill Holt, Newbold, Harborough, Newbold, North West Leicestershire, Newbold Verdon, Newton Burgoland, Newton Harcourt, Newtown Linford, Newtown Unthank, Normanton, Normanton le Heath, Norris Hill, North Evington, North Kilworth, Norton juxta Twycross, Noseley
  • Oadby, Oakthorpe, Odstone, Old Dalby, Orton on the Hill, Osbaston, Osbaston Hollow, Osgathorpe, Owston
  • Packington, Peatling Magna, Peatling Parva, Peckleton, Pickwell, Pinwall, Plungar, Potters Marston, Prestwold, Primethorpe, Packingshire
  • Queniborough, Quorn
  • Ragdale, Ratby, Ratcliffe Culey, Ratcliffe on the Wreake, Ravenstone, Rearsby, Redmile, River Soar, Rolleston, Rotherby, Rothley
  • Saddington, Saltby, Sapcote, Saxby, Saxelby, Scalford, Scraptoft, Seagrave, Sewstern, Shackerstone, Shangton, Sharnford, Shawell, Shearsby, Sheepy Magna, Sheepy Parva, Shenton, Shepshed, Shoby, Sibson, Sileby, Six Hills, Skeffington, Sketchley, Slawston, Smeeton Westerby, Smockington, Snarestone, Snibston, Soar Valley, Somerby, South Croxton, South Kilworth, South Knighton, South Wigston, Sproxton, Stanford Hall, Stanton under Bardon, Stapleford, Stapleton, Staunton Harold, Stathern, Stockerston, Stoke Golding, Stonesby, Stoney Stanton, Stoneygate, Stonton Wyville, Stoughton, Stretton en le Field, Sutton Cheney, Sutton in the Elms, Swannington, Swepstone, Swinford, Swithland, Syston
  • Theddingworth, Thornton, Thorpe Acre, Thorpe Arnold, Thorpe Astley, Thorpe Langton, Thorpe Satchville, Thringstone, Thrussington, Thurcaston, Thurlaston, Thurmaston, Thurnby, Tilton on the Hill, Tonge, Tugby, Tur Langton, Twycross, Twyford
  • Ullesthorpe, Ulverscroft, Upper Bruntingthorpe, Upton
  • Vale of Belvoir
  • Walcote, Waltham on the Wolds, Walton, Walton on the Wolds, Wanlip, Wartnaby, Welham, Wellsborough, Whatborough, Whetstone, Whitwick, Wigston, Wigston Fields, Wigston Parva, Willoughby Waterleys, Wilson, Wistow, Withcote, Witherley, Woodhouse, Woodhouse Eaves, Woodthorpe, Worthington, Wycomb, Wyfordby, Wykin, Wymeswold, Wymondham

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