All Saints' parish church
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The Domesday Book of 1086 records the village, when its population was about 140. The toponym may be derived from Old English: gilden (or gylden) meaning "golden", and morton, "town on the moor".
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. All Saints' is a Grade II* listed building.
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.
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 1⁄4 miles (2 km) west of the village. It opened in 1899 with the nearest station being at Ashby Magna 2 1⁄2 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 1⁄4 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 Chandler Church of England primary school serves Gilmorton and six neighbouring parishes.
- "Area: Gilmorton (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
- "Gilmorton, Leicestershire". Domesday Book. The National Archives. 1086. Retrieved 7 March 2008.
- Bosworth, Joseph; Toller, T Northcote. "An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary". Retrieved 7 March 2008.
- "Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)". Dictionary.com. Retrieved 7 March 2008.
- Hoskin & McKinley 1954, pp. 46–48.
- Pevsner, Williamson & Brandwood 1984, p. 161.
- Historic England. "Church of All Saints (Grade II*) (1292805)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
- 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.
- House of Lords Journal. London: His Majesty's Stationery Office. May 1777. pp. 192–215.
- Historic England. "Gilmorton Mill (Grade II) (1209161)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
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- Gilmorton Chandler C of E Primary School
Sources and further reading
- Bloxsom, M (1914). Records of the Family of Woodcock of Gilmorton, Leicestershire, and Connections. Privately published.
- Bloxsom, M (1916). Records of the Family of Bloxsom of Gilmorton, Co. Leicester. Privately published.
- Bloxsom, M (1918). A History of the Parish of Gilmorton in the County of Leicester. Privately published.
- Hoskins, W.G. (ed.); McKinley, R.A. (1954). "The College of Noseley". A History of the County of Leicestershire. Victoria County History. 2. London: Oxford University Press for the University of London Institute of Historical Research. pp. 46–48.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus; Williamson, Elizabeth; Brandwood, Geoffrey (1984) . Leicestershire and Rutland. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 161. ISBN 0-14-071018-3.
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