Protestant nonconformity in Dishley and Thorpe Acre

Dishley is a hamlet two miles north-west of Loughborough which was formerly the dairy to Garendon Abbey. Thorpe Acre is another small hamlet, about half a mile south-east of Dishley, now effectively within Loughborough.

Two nonconformists were noted in Dishley in 1676.[1] It is possible that this return includes people resident in Thorpe Acre. None was recorded in 1706.[2]

The 1829 meeting house return combines Dishley and Thorpe Acre and records a congregation of 100 Baptists meeting.[3]

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[1] A. Whiteman, The Compton Census of 1676: A Critical Edition (London, 1986), p.

[2] J. Broad (ed.), Bishop Wake’s summary of visitation returns from the diocese of Lincoln, 1706-1715. Part 2, Outside Lincolnshire (Huntingdonshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, Buckinghamshire) (Oxford, 2012), 735

[3] ROLLR, QS 95/2/1/91