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Gilmorton - All Saints Church - - 146474.jpg
All Saints' parish church
Gilmorton is located in Leicestershire
Location within Leicestershire
Population976 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSP5787
Civil parish
  • Gilmorton
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLutterworth
Postcode districtLE17
Dialling code01455
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
WebsiteGilmorton Parish Council
List of places
52°29′10″N 1°09′30″W / 52.4861°N 1.1583°W / 52.4861; -1.1583Coordinates: 52°29′10″N 1°09′30″W / 52.4861°N 1.1583°W / 52.4861; -1.1583

Gilmorton, a village and civil parish about 3 miles (5 km) northeast of Lutterworth in Leicestershire, England. The 2011 Census recorded the parish population as 976.[1]


The Domesday Book of 1086 records the village,[2] when its population was about 140.[citation needed] The toponym may be derived from Old English: gilden (or gylden) meaning "golden",[3] and morton, "town on the moor".[4]

In 1303 Roger de Martivall was permitted to alienate land and property at Noseley, Gilmorton and Stretton to create an income for four chaplains at a chantry chapel at Noseley.[5]

Parish church[edit]

The Church of England parish church of All Saints has a 14th- and 15th-century tower but it and its spire were rebuilt in 1909. The nave, aisles and chancel were rebuilt in 1860–61 and the south porch was built in 1897. Burlison and Grylls made the stained glass for the east window of the chancel in 1878. Shrigley and Hunt made the stained glass for the Lady Chapel in 1896. Kempe and Kempe made all the other stained glass for the church between 1884 and 1906.[6] All Saints' is a Grade II* listed building.[7]

The west tower has a ring of eight bells. Thomas I Eayre of Kettering cast the sixth bell in 1738 and the tenor in 1749. Joseph Eayre of St Neots, Huntingdonshire cast the fourth bell in 1766. John Taylor & Co of Loughborough cast the seventh bell in 1861, the fifth bell in 1871 and the treble, second and third bells in 1909 when the tower was rebuilt.[8]

Economic and social history[edit]

The remains of Gilmorton Mill

The House of Lords debated the inclosure act for Gilmorton in 1777.[9]

A tower mill at Gilmorton was built early in the 19th century. The brick tower survives and has been restored, but neither the cap nor any machinery survives.[10]

In the 1890s the Great Central Main Line from Nottingham Victoria south to London Marylebone was built through the west of Gilmorton parish, passing 1 14 miles (2 km) west of the village. It opened in 1899 with the nearest station being at Ashby Magna 2 12 miles (4 km) northwest of the village and Lutterworth railway station slightly further away to the southwest.

In 1942 RAF Bruntingthorpe was opened just east of the parish. In 1953 its main runway was extended by 4,800 feet (1,500 m), bringing it into Gilmorton parish and within 14 mile (400 m) of the village. The air station was decommissioned in 1962, sold for civilian use in 1965 and is now Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome.

The M1 motorway extension from Crick, Northamptonshire north to Leeds was built parallel with the Great Central Main Line and just east of it, starting in 1965 and opening in 1968. In 1963 The Reshaping of British Railways report recommended that British Railways close the railway, which it did in 1969.


Gilmorton has three pubs: the Crown Inn,[11] the Grey Goose[12] and the Red Lion.[13]

Gilmorton Chandler Church of England primary school serves Gilmorton and six neighbouring parishes.[14]


  1. ^ "Area: Gilmorton (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Gilmorton, Leicestershire". Domesday Book. The National Archives. 1086. Retrieved 7 March 2008.
  3. ^ Bosworth, Joseph; Toller, T Northcote. "An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary". Retrieved 7 March 2008. gilden/gylden
  4. ^ " Unabridged (v 1.1)". Retrieved 7 March 2008. morton
  5. ^ McKinley 1954, pp. 46–48.
  6. ^ Pevsner, Williamson & Brandwood 1984, p. 161.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Church of All Saints  (Grade II*) (1292805)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  8. ^ Dawson, George (15 June 2012). "Gilmorton All Saints". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  9. ^ House of Lords Journal. London: His Majesty's Stationery Office. May 1777. pp. 192–215.
  10. ^ Historic England. "Gilmorton Mill  (Grade II) (1209161)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  11. ^ Crown Inn
  12. ^ Grey Goose
  13. ^ Red Lion Gilmorton
  14. ^ Gilmorton Chandler C of E Primary School

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