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The neighbouring villages of Kimcote & Walton in South Leicestershire have been in existence since before the Norman Conquest in 1066 and were probably ancient anglo saxon villages.

The villages have been the home to the Cobleys and the families of Bottrill, Gamble, Neale,Tarry, Stretton, Wormleighton and others for over 200 years, and during the 19th century probably saw more Cobley births and marriages at the local church than any other parish in the country.

Kimcote has changed little, whilst not as picturesque as its former years it still retains its quiet, unhurried character.

Nearby Walton has grown in size but still remains a small rural Leicestershire village in a secluded corner of the county.



Post Office Directory 1876

Kimcote is a township and parish, including a portion of Knaptoft, 3 1/4 miles north-east from Lutterworth, 31/2 from Welford and 6 east from Ullesthorpe stations, in the southern division of the county, Guthlaxton hundred, Lutterworth union and county court district, rural deanery of Guthlaxton, archdeaconry of Leicester, and diocese of Peterborough..

A national school was built in 1844, entirely at the expense of the late Lord Willoughby de Broke, but was considerably enlarged, at a cost of £400, in 1875. There is a free school in Walton-in-Knaptoft, endowed with £28 yearly. The charities amount to £75 yearly. £50 is given to the poor at Christmas, and the rest in calico at Kimcote feast. The principal landowners are the Dowager Lady de Broke, who is Lady of the Manor, Mrs Lucas, John Langham and Wade Wartnaby, esqurs. The soil is various; subsoil, gravel and clay. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats, &c., but the principal part of the parish is grazing. The area is 1,170 acres; rateable value £4,373; the population in 1871 was 476.

Cotes-de-Val is a hamlet of one farm, 10 people and 313 acres.
Walton is a large hamlet, partly in Kimcote and partly in Knaptoft parish.

Walton is a large hamlet, partly in Kimcote and partly in Knaptoft parish.
Here is a Methodist Chapel.
Sexton, John Bryan

POST OFFICE, Walton. - Charles Moore, receiver. Letters received through Lutterworth at 8 a.m.; dispatched at 5.15p.m. Lutterworth is the nearest money order office.

SCHOOLS:-
National, Kimcote, left open
Free, Walton-in-knaptoft, Mrs Ann Orton, mistress

CARRIER.- Butlin, to Leicester, wed & sat; to Lutterworth, thurs

Cox Rev, Thos.M.A. (rector), Rectory
Wartnaby Wade, Walton in Knaptoft

Commercial
Allen Joseph, balcksmith,
Walton in Knaptoft
Berry James, Grazier,
Walton in Knaptoft
Brown William, Windmill, Walton
Buckingham George, show maker, Walton in Knaptoft
Bunny Benjamin, builder & wheelwright, Walton
Burdett Richard, farmer & grazier
Chambers Samuel, farmer,
Walton in Knaptoft
Cobley Chas, farmer,
Walton in Knaptoft
Cooke Edward, farmer & grazier
Cumberledge Thomas, farmer & grazier, Walton
Dorman Henry, carpenter,
Walton in Knaptoft
Earp Wm. farmer & grazier, Walton
Hancock John, tailor, Walton
Harrott William, shopkeeper,
Walton in Knaptoft
Herne Thomas, grazier, Walton
Higgs Joseph, farmer & grazier, Walton in Knaptoft
Houghton Richard, baker, Walton
Jennings Palmer, farmer, Walton
Lucas Charles, farmer, grazier
Martin Peter, grazier, Walton
Moore Charles, shopkeeper, Walton
Morris John, farm bailiff to John Langham, Walton
Palmer Priscilla (Miss) shopkeeper,
Walton in Knaptoft
Palmer Thos, butcher & shopkeeper, Walton
Saunders William, farmer,
Cotes de Val
Scott Samuel, grazier
Swingler Wlliam, farmer, Walton
Ward Elizabeth, (Mrs) Dog & Gun,
Walton in Knaptoft
Worley William, Talbot,
Walton in Knaptoft
Wormleighton John,
farmer & grazier
Walton in Knaptoft
Wormleighton Robert jun.
farmer & grazier,
Walton in Knaptoft
Wormleighton Robert sen.
farmer & grazier
Wormleighton Robert John, grazier, Walton
Wykes William,
carpenter & wheelwright, Walton

Kimcote Manor by T. Ridge A. M. Curate October 23 1814
extracted from the parish register of All Saints, Kimcote & Walton

A dreadful storm of hail accompanied with most awful thunder and
lightening fell on the night of 22nd of July last and occasioned much
damage to the crops growing in several parishes chiefly those situate
near the river Wreak in this County. The amount of damage according to a moderate estimate is fourteen thousand pounds. 2500£ of which co(?) has fallen upon persons who stand in need of assistance - A collection was therefore made throughout the County of Leicester in aid of the sufferers - and in Kimcote and Walton the following contributions were received



£ S d
Rev. T Ridge Curate 1 0 0
Eliz. Lucas widow 1 0 0
I Lucas surgeon 1 0 0
Sam E Berridge
10 6
John Moore
10 6
Rich Burdett
5 6
John Inchle
5 0
Thos Scott
5 0
Wm Wormleighton
2 6
Jos Wormleighton
2 6
John Wormleighton
3 0
Jos Blackwell
2 0
Sam Blackwell
2 6
Thomas Dorman
2 6
Wm Wickes
2 6
John Cunsberldge
2 6
Wm Parnell
2 6
Thos Stewart
2 0
Ds (?) Glenn
1 0
Wm Barry
6

total
6 0 2

which sum was paid into the hands of Freer clerk of the Peace at his
office in Leicester October 26 1814 for the benefit of the sufferers by
Thomas Ridge.

From the Doomsday Book 1086

"He also holds 13 1/2 c. of land in KIMCOTE from the Bishop. Land for 8 ploughs. In lordship 1. 6 Freemen and 6 villagers with 7 smallholders have 4 ploughs. Meadow. 10 acres.
The value was 30's; now 40s"

Kimcote (called Chanemundescote in the Domesday Book): Cynemund's (pers.n) Cot (cottage(s))

"Norman holds 4 1/2 c. of land in WALTON. Land for 2 ploughs. 10 Freemen have them.
Meadow 1 furlong long and 1 wide. The value was 10s; now 25s"

Walton (called Waltone in the Domesday Book): tun (settlement) of the walas (British serfs).

c. Carucate
a measurement of land in Danish counties, the equivalent of a hide.
Used in Domesday for tax purposes.

Plough
A plough team with its eight oxen and the plough itself. The measure of a carucate was originally the amount of land which such a team could plough in one day.

Freeman
A villager of higher class than a Villager, with more land and obligations

Villager
A member of the peasant class with most land.

Smallholder
A peasant, usually with more land than a cottager but less than a villager.


original photos: peter gamble
other photos: garth cobley
moore shop photo: iris mcanna
look-ups in the 1871 & 1881 census returns of Kimcote & Walton are available click here

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