Ashwell is an Ancient Parish in the county of Rutland.

Alternative names: Exwell

Parish church: St Mary

Parish registers begin: 1595

Nonconformists in Ashwell: Wesleyan Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Ashwell

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Ashwell, a parish in Oakham district, Rutland; on the Midland railway and an affluent of the river Wreak, near the Melton-Mowbray canal, 3½ miles N of Oakham. It has a station on the railway, and its Post Town is Oakham. Acres, 1,799. Real property, £3,081. Pop., 206. Houses, 48. The manor was known, in the Saxon times, as Exwell; belonged to Earl Harold; and passed, in the time of Edward III., to the Touchets, and after wards to others. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £401. Patron, Viscount Downe. The church is a handsome edifice, with a tower; and contains three interesting altar-tombs.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

ASHWELL (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Oakham, hundred of Alstoe, county of Rutland, 3 miles (N. by W.) from Oakham; containing 223 inhabitants. It comprises 1800 acres by measurement; the soil is fertile, and a coarse kind of stone is quarried for inferior buildings, and for the roads. The MeltonMowbray and Oakham canal passes within a mile of the parish. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £20. 16. 3., and in the gift of Viscount Downe: the tithes have been commuted for £412, and the glebe comprises 130 acres. The church is a neat substantial structure, in the later English style.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Census returns for Ashwell, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Ashwell, 1701-1874 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Ashwell (Rutlandshire)

England, Rutland, Ashwell, church records, 1595-1992 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Ashwell (Rutlandshire); Leicestershire Record Office

Rutland parish registers Author: Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society

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  • County: Rutlandshire
  • Civil Registration District: Oakham
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Peterborough (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Peterborough
  • Rural Deanery: Rutland
  • Poor Law Union: Oakham
  • Hundred: Alstow
  • Province: Canterbury

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