Belton, Leicestershire

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Belton, Leicestershire
Church and Hotel - - 187074.jpg
Church and Hotel - - 187074
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Belton, Leicestershire
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Population 734 
OS grid reference SK 44827 20631
District North West Leicestershire
Shire county Leicestershire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LE12
Dialling code 01530
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places

Coordinates: 52°46′52″N 1°20′17″W / 52.781°N 1.338°W / 52.781; -1.338

Belton, Leicestershire, is a small village in the North West Leicestershire area of England, close to the town of Shepshed. The village is 4½ miles NNE of Swannington r. station, and 6 WNW of Loughborough. The village has a primary school, but children travel by bus to Shepshed High School once they pass into secondary school.

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Belton like this:

"BELTON, a parish in Loughborough district, Leicester; 4½ miles NNE of Swannington r. station, and 6 WNW of Loughborough. Its statistics include the extra-parochial tract of Grace-Dieu; and its Post Town is Sheepshead, under Loughborough. Acres, 1,900. Real property, £5,259. Pop., 781. Houses, 161. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £179.* Patron, the Marquis of Hastings. The church is a fine old edifice, with tower and spire; and contains a monument of Roesia de Verdun, the founder of Grace-Dieu nunnery. There are two dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, a national school, and a great annual horse fair."[1]


"The Parish Church of Belton is a 14th century structure with a later perpendicular tower, clorestory and roof. It contains the recumbent effigy tomb of Lady Roesia de Verdun, foundress of the nearby Grace Dieu Priory, and Frances Beaumont, Justice of the Common Pleas, was also buried in the church on 22nd April 1598. The registers go back to 1538."[2]

Belton also has a Church of England Primary school which caters for children aged between 4 and 10. The original school was founded in 1843 and the present school was built in 1976. Situated on Saddles Road in the center of the village.[3]

The local football team, Belton Villa FC play in Division Two of the North Leicestershire Football League.[4] The village is also home to a doctors surgery which is situated at number 1 Mill Lane.[5] Belton has one of the few remaining free-standing maypoles in the country. The village is also home to The Queens Head which is a gastro pub and restaurant situated in the heart of the village. A former coaches inn, it was turned into a pub in the 1800s.[6]

Industry and Employment[edit]

A graph produced on Excel on the occupation of the Economically active people of belton

Industry and Employment: The earliest occupational data for Belton is from 1881. The stacked bar chart presents a simplified version of the 1881 occupational data, using the 'Orders' used in the published reports for 1881, plus an 'Unknown' category. Many of these categories combine 'Workers and Dealers' in different commodities, therefore it is hard to distinguish workers in manufacturing and services.

Occupational data of both male and females in Belton during 1881

The most common occupation of the time was agriculture. This is more than likely due to the surroundings of Belton, the parish has vast surroundings of arable land still used today. This factor a long with the fact that jobs today may not have existed back them meant there was a limited amount of professionals to go into. Agriculture unsurprisingly was dominated by males at the time, where as many of the women's occupation were unknown, or in domestic services.[7]

The Occupational data here from the 2011 Census shows us the change over time in all different manner of occupations. The most popular is professional occupations with around 71 and just under 20% of the economically active residents, followed by, Managers, Directors and Senior Officials where there are around 54 which is just under 15% of the economically active population. Of the 734 residents of Belton there are 358 out of a possible 365 who are economically active between the ages of 16 and 74. This breaks down to 49% of the village being economically active and in employment. Around 15% of the village are retired and the remainder of the village fall under; sick/disabled, students, or look after home/family.[8]

Population change in Belton from 1881 to 2011, gaps between 1971-1991

Population and Housing[edit]

The earliest record of population in Belton Leicestershire was in 1801 when there was a total of 586 residents in the area. This increased steadily for 50 years to 751 however a gap in the dataset from 1851 to 1881 shows there was a significant drop between here to 645. From 1881 there was a steady decline until 1911 where after that there has been a steady increase to a current population of 734.[9] This could be down to the boundary changes that happened between 1931 and 1934 which changed the acreage and population of Belton.[10] The 2011 census recorded that 49% of the village was male and 51% female which suggests the gender distribution is rather well balanced.[11]

The 2011 census also noted that of the 734 residents, 712 classed themselves as White; English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British (Persons)1. This gives the impression of a very monocultured society. More information showed that the Parish was predominantly Christian, with 69% stating that. Which isn't surprising as Christianity is the most practice religion in the country. A further 20% stated no religion and 9% didn't state theirs.[12] This information isn't unsurprising as due to the low population and the Parish is based around a church, with a Church of England school also at the heart. The likelihood is that Christianity would be the most popular religion.

Housing in Belton has fluctuated through the 20th century dropping to 126 houses in 1921 and rising to 184 houses in 1961.[13] Since then there has been a steady increase up to the current number of 315 houses recorded from the last census. The current make up of households are primarily built up of Married/Same sex partnerships without children, followed closely by Married/Same sex partnerships with children.[14]


  1. ^ Wilson, John Marius (1870–72). [URL: Gazetteer of England and Wales] (1st ed.). Edinburgh: A. Fullerton & Co. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Leicestershire, Go. "Explore Leicestershire". Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Church of England School, Belton. "Welcome to Belton Church of England Primary School website". Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Belton Villa, League. "North Leicestershire Football League". Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Manor House, Surgery.,44066.htm. Retrieved 7 March 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "The Qeens Head, Belton. History". Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Wilson, John Marius. "Gazetteer of England and Wales". A Fullerton and Co. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Neighbourhood, Statistics. "Occupational Data for Belton". National Statistics. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Marius Wilson, John. "A vision of Britain through time". A Fullerton & Co. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Wilson, John Marius (1870–72). Gazetteer of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Fullerton and Co. 
  11. ^ Neighbourhood, Statistics. "Occupational Data for Belton". National Statistics. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  12. ^ Neighbourhood, Statistics. "Occupational Data for Belton". National Statistics. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  13. ^ Wilson, John Marius. "A vision of Britain through time". Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  14. ^ Neighbourhood, Statistics. "Occupational Data for Belton". National Statistics. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 

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