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Packington Methodist Church, High Street - - 1315821.jpg
The village ex Methodist Church - Now a private house
Packington is located in Leicestershire
Packington shown within Leicestershire
Population 734 (2011)
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Postcode district LE65
Dialling code 01530
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°43′41″N 1°27′58″W / 52.728°N 1.466°W / 52.728; -1.466Coordinates: 52°43′41″N 1°27′58″W / 52.728°N 1.466°W / 52.728; -1.466

Packington is a village and civil parish in the district of North West Leicestershire.[1] It is situated close to the A42 road and the towns of Ashby de la Zouch and Measham. The population of Packington according to the 2001 UK census is 738, reducing slightly to 734 at the 2011 census.[2] Nearby villages include Normanton le Heath and Heather.

Packington has a public house called the 'Bull and Lion' (reputedly the only one in Britain) and a local shop called 'Daybreak Services'. It is part of the National Forest and the Gilwiskaw brook runs through the village.


Village lock up

The lordship of Packington was in the possession of the infamous Lord Henry Hastings, 1st Baron Loughborough during the Civil War. In 1644 the constables of the town paid a compulsory levy of £51 for the "Contribution" to Parliament, providing quartering for troops from Fairfax’s army from the Tamworth garrison. Three Packington inhabitants, Mr Harsnett, William Corbett and Jane Cresswell made claims for free quarter in June, 1646. Thomas Pestell sen., the incumbent, was a strong supporter of the king. He resigned the vicarage to his son around 1644 after being robbed and plundered several times. The younger Thomas Pestell was later ejected from his vicarage as a "great libertine", and fled to the royalist garrison at Ashby de la Zouch.[3]

In 1846, the manor of Packington was left by Sir Charles Abney Hastings, bart of Willesley Hall back to the Marquis of Hastings (Charles's father had been an illegitimate son).

The post office was closed in 2008 as part of Royal Mail's closure national programme to cut costs.

The Packington Blind Horse[edit]

The foundation stallion for the Shire horse breed is generally recognized as the Packington Blind Horse who stood at stud in the village between 1755 and 1770.[4][5]


  1. ^ OS Explorer Map 245: The National Forest :(1:25 000) :ISBN 0 319 24028 2
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Scandalous parson of Packington
  4. ^ Shire horse History
  5. ^ Heritage of the Shire
  • Nichols, John (1795-1815) History and Antiquities of Leicestershire, Vol. III, pg. 927.
  • Mathews, A. G. (1948) Walker Revised

External links[edit]

Media related to Packington at Wikimedia Commons