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Hugglescote StJohnBaptist north.JPG
St. John the Baptist parish church
Hugglescote is located in Leicestershire
Hugglescote shown within Leicestershire
Population4,189 (ward, 2001 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSK4212
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCoalville
Postcode districtLE67
Dialling code01530
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament
WebsiteHugglescote and Donington le Heath Parish Council
List of places
52°42′40″N 1°22′16″W / 52.711°N 1.371°W / 52.711; -1.371Coordinates: 52°42′40″N 1°22′16″W / 52.711°N 1.371°W / 52.711; -1.371

Hugglescote is a village on the River Sence in North West Leicestershire, England. The village is about 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the centre of Coalville, and its built-up area is now contiguous with the town.

Hugglescote and Donington le Heath were part of the parish of Ibstock until 1878, when they were formed into a separate civil parish. In 1936 the parish was absorbed by the then urban district of Coalville. The civil parish of Hugglescote and Donington le Heath was reinstated by an order made in May 2010, and the new parish council held its first meeting in May 2011.[2]


In 1463 William Beaumont, 2nd Viscount Beaumont held the manors of Donington and Hugglescote.[3] However, in the Wars of the Roses Beaumont had fought for the House of Lancaster so he was attaindered and Edward IV granted Donington and Hugglescote to the Yorkist courtier William Hastings, 1st Baron Hastings.[3]

The Hastings family's manor house has been lost. It had a formal garden in which a red brick building was erected in about 1700 and altered in about 1820.[4] The building survives but part of its stone slate roof has collapsed.[4]

Church and chapels[edit]

Church of England[edit]

There was an old Church of England chapel of ease in Dennis Street which was replaced by a Georgian chapel of Saint James[3] in 1776.[5] Hugglescote's population outgrew the chapel and so the present Church of England parish church of Saint John the Baptist was built on a new site in Grange Road and consecrated in 1879. St. John's is a Gothic Revival building designed by the architect J.B. Everard in an Early English style.[6] The first vicar, Canon H.E. Broughton, was installed in 1878 and died in office in 1924. He is commemorated by a reredos installed in St. John's in 1937 and a nearby road-name, Broughton Street.

St. John's is built largely of local materials: Charnwood granite rubble,[7] Swithland slate,[7] Ibstock brick and Coalville ceramic floor tiles. The nave has five-bay arcades[7] with Shap granite columns[citation needed] and a clerestory with paired lancet windows.[7] St. John's has a transeptal south chapel and a central belltower over the crossing.[7] The building was extended in 1887.[7] The tower has a ring of eight bells, all cast by John Taylor & Co of Loughborough in 1900.[8] St. John's is a Grade II* listed building.[7]

Wesleyan Chapel, now Hugglescote Methodist Church. The original 1831 chapel is on the left. The larger building on the right was added in 1891.

St. John's has an Elizabethan chalice dating from 1575[6] and a parish chest from the former chapel. The parish registers date from 1564.[9]

St. John's is the largest place of worship in the area, seating some 600 people. It is now part of a combined benefice with the parishes of Ellistown and Snibston.[10]


A Wesleyan chapel in Station Road was completed in 1831 and extended in 1891. It is now Hugglescote Methodist Church.[11]


Hugglescote had a Baptist chapel in Dennis Street.[12] The building is now closed but the Baptist congregation continues to worship in Hugglescote Community Primary School.[12]

Economic and social history[edit]

26 and 28 Dennis Street, built 1583 (timber-framed part on right) and extended 1761 (all-brick part on left)
16 Dennis Street, built in the 17th century

A few historic cottages survive in Dennis Street. 26 and 28 Dennis Street are two timber-framed cottages, one of which has the date 1583 on a collar beam[13] and thus dates from the period that W.G. Hoskins identified as the Great Rebuilding of England. The gable end has collar and tie beams and queen struts.[13] The building was extended eastwards in 1761.[13] In 1960 Hoskins considered the original part of the building to be the oldest dated cottage in a Leicestershire village.[14]

16 Dennis Street is a timber-framed cottage with brick nogging that was mainly built in the 17th century, although the original part of the cottage was built in 1590, and has some alterations from the 19th or late 18th centuries.[15] The staircase is in a semicircular extension at the rear of the cottage.[15] 15 Dennis Street is a cottage built of brick with a Swithland slate roof and the date 1757 on a brick over the front door.[16]

Farmland in the township was enclosed in 1774.[17] In 1945 this estate was sold by Brigadier C.L.O. Tayleur.[18]

By 1848 Donington and Hugglescote had a National School.[3] It moved into a new building completed in 1862, and an infants' school was added in 1883. The 1862 and 1883 buildings are now Hugglescote Community Centre.[19]

Construction of the Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway began in 1869 and it opened in 1873.[20] The ANJR had a branch from Shackerstone through Hugglescote to Coalville Town. Hugglescote railway station became a junction in 1883, when the Charnwood Forest Railway opened from here to Loughborough Derby Road.[21] The London, Midland and Scottish Railway absorbed both lines in the 1923 grouping and withdrew passenger services from both lines in 1931.[20][21] Nationalisation in 1948 made the lines part of British Railways, which withdrew freight services from the Charnwood Forest line in 1963[21] and from the Ashby and Nuneaton line in 1971.[20]

Notable residents[edit]

The Victorian hymnist, Henry Dennis (1818–87) lived in Hugglescote for forty years and is buried in the old Baptist Cemetery off Grange Road:[22] Dennis Street is named after him. In the same cemetery is the tomb of William Stenson (1770–1861), the mining engineer and founder of Whitwick Colliery, who has sometimes been described as "the father of Coalville".

Hugglescote Social Club
Former National School, now Hugglescote Community Centre

Hugglescote now has a Community Primary School.[23] The buildings of its former National School (see above) are now a community centre.[19]

The village has one public house:, The Gate Inn. It has also a working men's club.[24]


  1. ^ "Area: Hugglescote (Ward); Key Figures for 2001 Census: Census Area Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Hugglescote and Donington le Heath Parish Council". Leicestershire Parish Councils. 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d Lewis 1931, pp. 69–78.
  4. ^ a b Historic England. "Garden building in the garden of number 79 (1078225)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  5. ^ The Official Guide to North West Leicestershire, undated publication
  6. ^ a b Pevsner 1960, p. 123.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Historic England. "Church of St John the Baptist (1361240)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  8. ^ Dawson, George (20 November 2006). "Hugglescote S John Bapt". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  9. ^ Introduction to Coalville, local publication, circa 1970
  10. ^ Archbishops' Council. "Hugglescote: St John the Baptist, Hugglescote". Church of England. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  11. ^ "Hugglescote Methodist Church". Christian Coalville Churches. Retrieved 15 January 2012.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ a b "Hugglescote Baptist Church". Christian Coalville Churches. Retrieved 15 January 2012.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ a b c Historic England. "26 and 28 Dennis Street (1178098)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  14. ^ Pevsner 1960, p. 124.
  15. ^ a b Historic England. "16 Dennis Street (1074358)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  16. ^ Historic England. "15 Dennis Street (1178089)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  17. ^ "An ingrossed bill for dividing, allotting and inclosing the Open Fields, Wastes and Commonable Places of Hucklescote, and Donnington on the Heath, in the parish of Ibstock, in the County of Leicester (14 Geo. 3 c. 25)". Journals of the House of Commons. 34: 567. 1774. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  18. ^ Warner; Sheppard; Wade (1945). Particulars of the Hugglescote and Donington estate (with map). Leicester. p. not cited.[clarification needed]
  19. ^ a b Hugglescote Community Centre
  20. ^ a b c Speller, John. "Ashby & Nuneaton Joint Railway (L&NWR/MR)". John Speller's Web Pages. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  21. ^ a b c Speller, John. "Charnwood Forest Railway". John Speller's Web Pages. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  22. ^ Lightwood, James T (1907). Hymn-Tunes and their Story. London: Epworth Press. p. not cited.
  23. ^ "Hugglescote Community Primary School". Archived from the original on 30 December 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  24. ^ Hugglescote Social Club



External links[edit]

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