Collecting Information on Religious Communities from Trade Directories

For this part of the project, we would like volunteers to collect information for us from trade directories about places of worship in Leicestershire towns and villages, other than the parish church.

We would prefer notes to be typed on computer and emailed to us. If you are able to do so, please set the page layout as landscape orientation with two equal columns, but do not insert any borders. This will enable us to cut each printed sheet in half to give two pieces of A5, which creates an economical filing system. We can accept the information in other formats, if necessary.

Each individual place of worship should be given its own column.

Please work through the directories listed in date order. Each column should be headed with the name of the town/village and the name of the denomination or religious group concerned. Where a directory entry includes two villages, please make sure it is clear on the form in which village the chapel is situated. Each entry should be headed by the details of the directory from which it is taken, together with the page number(s) where you have found the information, and it will save us time if that is given in the abbreviated format below (please note that the title of the directory should be in italics, with the remainder of the details in Roman type).

Please copy the information down exactly as it appears in each directory. However, if the only information given has already appeared in an earlier directory, please just list the directory details, pages number(s) and then type the phrase ‘no new information’. You may find that some denominations appear to have changed their name – chapels can appear and disappear over the years, and some denominations fragmented, while other merged. Please therefore record the name exactly as it appears in each directory.

Many villages will have no Nonconformist place of worship, but we still need to know that, so when we come to write a parish entry we will know that the directories have already been searched. In such cases, head your column with the name of the village and ‘Nonconformity’, and then go through each directory in turn, adding after the directory details: ‘Nothing listed’.

This worked example may help.

Directories to be searched

  • W. White, History, Gazetteer & Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1846 (list asWhite, Hist. Gaz. & Dir. Leics. (Sheffield, 1846) and the page number)
  • Post Office Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1855 (list as PO Dir. Leics. (1855) and the page number
  • W. White, History, Gazetteer & Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1863 (list asWhite, Hist. Gaz. & Dir. Leics. (Sheffield, 1863) and the page number)
  • W. White, History, Gazetteer & Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1877 (list asWhite, Hist. Gaz. & Dir. Leics. (Sheffield, 1877) and the page number)
  • Kelly’s Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1881 (list as Kelly’s Dir. (1881) and the page number)
  • Kelly’s Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1895 (list as Kelly’s Dir. (1895) and the page number)
  • Kelly’s Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1908 (list as Kelly’s Dir. (1908) and the page number)
  • Kelly’s Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1916 (list as Kelly’s Dir. (1916) and the page number)
  • Kelly’s Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1928  (list as Kelly’s Dir. (1928) and the page number)
  • Kelly’s Directory of Leicestershire & Rutland, 1936 (list as Kelly’s Dir. (1936) and the page number)

The first eight directories in this list can be found online. You will need to set Leicestershire as the location, and the results can be sorted into decade order by clicking at the top of the column headed ‘decade’. All these directories can also be found on the open shelves at the County Record Office in Wigston. If you are unable to travel to Wigston, you can just collect the information from the online directories.

Each village should not take very long to do, and even a town entry may take no more than an hour once you get used to collecting the information in this way. It is suggested that you start with a village you know or that interests you, and then do the next few places in the alphabetical list, but you may pick and choose as you wish. When you have completed one or more forms, please contact us initially to let us know which parishes you have looked at, and we will provide an email address where you should forward your completed pages. If you do not have email, please send a hardcopy of your pages to Leicestershire VCH Trust, 5 Salisbury Road, Leicester, LE1 7QR). Please do not complete more than 6 villages before contacting us. Of course you can then return to the list and select more parishes to do.

Information is required on the following towns/villages (we will update this list regularly as forms are received, to minimize the possibility of work being duplicated):

Ashby Magna

Ashby Parva

Aston Flamville

Bitteswell

Catthorpe

Cossington

Cottesbach

Croft

Dishley-cum-Thorpe Acre

East Norton

Enderby

Frowlesworth

Gilmorton

Hose

Huncote

Kilby

Kimcote

Knossington

Long Clawson

Misterton

Narborough

North Kilworth

Peatling (Magna and Parva)

Rearsby

Sapcote

Seagrave

Sharnford

Shawell

Shearsby

Skeffington

South Croxton

South Kilworth

Syston

Thorpe Satchville

Thrussington

Thurmaston

Tilton-on-the-Hill

Tugby

Twyford

Wanlip

Whetstone

Willoughby Waterleys

 

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