Belton, Leicestershire

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Church and Hotel - - 187074.jpg
Market Place, Belton
Belton is located in Leicestershire
Belton shown within Leicestershire
Population 734 (parish; 2011 Census)
OS grid reference SK 44827 20631
Civil parish
  • Belton
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LE12
Dialling code 01530
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°46′52″N 1°20′17″W / 52.781°N 1.338°W / 52.781; -1.338Coordinates: 52°46′52″N 1°20′17″W / 52.781°N 1.338°W / 52.781; -1.338

Belton is a small village and civil parish in the North West Leicestershire district of Leicestershire, England. The village is located approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) northwest of the town of Shepshed, 5.5 miles (8.9 km) west-northwest of Loughborough, and 6 miles (9.7 km) northeast of Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

According to the 2011 Census, the parish (Including Grace-Dieu) had a population of 734.[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 Sadlers Wells 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 coaching inn, it was turned into a public house in the 1800s.[6]

Industry and employment[edit]

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

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 occupational area 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, along with the fact that jobs today may not have existed back then, meant there was a limited number of professions to go into. Agriculture, unsurprisingly, was dominated by males at the time, whereas 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 and 1991

Population and housing[edit]

The earliest record of population in Belton 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. ^ "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Belton". Office for National Statistics (Neighbourhood Statistics). Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  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. "Manor House Surgery". Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Queens 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. "Economic Activity for Belton: 2011 Census". 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. "Key Figures for Belton: 2011 Census". 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. "Household Composition for Belton:2011 Census". National Statistics. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 

External links[edit]

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