Peatling Magna

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Peatling Magna
Peatling Magna.jpg
Corner of Main Street and School Lane, Peatling Magna
Peatling Magna is located in Leicestershire
Peatling Magna
Peatling Magna
Peatling Magna shown within Leicestershire
Population 210  (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SP593930
Civil parish
  • Peatling Magna
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LE8
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places
52°31′56″N 1°07′35″W / 52.5322°N 1.12627°W / 52.5322; -1.12627Coordinates: 52°31′56″N 1°07′35″W / 52.5322°N 1.12627°W / 52.5322; -1.12627

Peatling Magna is a village in Harborough District, south Leicestershire. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 210.[1] It lies 3.7 km north-east of Ashby Magna and 2.9 km north-north-east of Peatling Parva.


The church of All Saints is mainly of the 14th and 15th centuries and contains some fine examples of carved woodwork of different periods.[2]

Medieval notableness[edit]

  • In 1265, Peatling Magna stepped onto the national stage when, after the battle of Evesham, the villages refused to co-operate with men of the victorious royal forces, on the grounds that the latter were “going against the welfare of the community of the realm”.[3] The fracas which followed eventually led to the village appearing in court, as recorded in the Plea Rolls of 1266, in the person of the reeve and four men as representatives of “the community of the vill.”[4] F. M. Powicke saw the case as indicative of the penetration of communal ideas, local and national, to the smallest village level in 13th century England.[5]
  • In 1384, Peatling Magna was mentioned as "Great Petlyng" in a pardon granted to Thomas Astell, Thomas Mathew, and John Scot of "Great Petlyng" for the death of Nicholas Man of "Great Petlyng", as William de Skypwith and other justices assigned to deliver the gaol (jail) at Leicester Castle found that Astell and the others had acted in self-defense. (Just how three men killed one man in "self-defense" was not explained.) [6]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Betjeman, J. (ed.) (1968) Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: the North. London: Collins; p. 170
  3. ^ M. Wood, In Search of England (2011) p. 253
  4. ^ D. A. Carpenter, The Reign of Henry III (1996) p. 336
  5. ^ R. Wickson, The Community of the Realm (Longman 1970) p. 33
  6. ^ Calendar of Patent Rolls Richard II Volume 2 (1381 - 1385) p.479

Further reading[edit]

Helen Cam, Lawfinders and Lawmakers in Medieval England (Merlin 1962)

External links[edit]

Media related to Peatling Magna at Wikimedia Commons