Seagrave is a village and civil parish in the Charnwood district of Leicestershire, England. It has a population of around 500, measured at the 2011 census as 546, It is north of Sileby and close to Thrussington and Barrow upon Soar.
One of the earliest mentions of this place is in the Domesday book where named Segrave, it is listed amongst the lands in the wapentake of Goscote given to Henry de Ferrers by King William I. The land consisted of work for one plough and four acres of meadow.
By the twelfth century, Seagrave was owned by the de Segrave family, who built a fortified manor house in the parish. Their familial coat of arms was later adopted by the village. In March 1234 Richard Siward, at the head of a company of outlaws, ravaged Stephen de Segrave's native place, evidently Seagrave, burnt his fine houses, oxen, and stores of grain, and carried off many valuable horses and rich spoil. Later the same band ravaged Alconbury, and burnt his buildings there. In 1346 population growth led to the division of the wapentake; for judicial matters Seagrave was in the hundred of East Goscote.
The effects of Parliamentary enclosure on social and economic aspects of England and its people can be understood by examining the results of the Seagrave enclosure act of 1760, which effectively converted copyhold tenure in the open fields to freehold tenure.
The village attempts to preserve its better buildings through repurposing. The Primitive Methodist chapel was converted into a house which still has the original nameplate, with ‘Primitive’ spelled in an obsolete form as ‘Primative’.
Gilbert de Segrave of Segrave, High Sheriff of Warwickshire and Leicestershire in 1193, father of Stephen de Segrave (c. 1171 – 1241) Chief Justiciar of England.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
- http://domesdaymap.co.uk/place/SK6117/seagrave/ Domesday Map: Seagrave
- Williams & Haward Martin 2003, pp. 656–7
- http://seagrave.leicestershireparishcouncils.org/uploads/174177c2fc96855991122947.pdf Seagrave Parish Coucil, Seagrave and its Background. Uploaded 28 January 2015.
- http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Segrave,_Stephen_de_%28d.1241%29_%28DNB00%29 Dictionary of National Biography: Stephen Segrave
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