In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Claybrooke like this:
CLAYBROOKE, two townships in Lutterworth district, Leicester; and a parish partly also in Warwick. One of the townships bears the name of Great Claybrooke; lies near the junction of Watling-street and the Fosse way, 1 mile WSW of Ullesthorpe r. station, and 4 NW of Lutterworth; occupies high ground, commanding an extensive view; includes the site of the Roman station Vennonæ; and has a post office, of the name of Claybrooke, under Lutterworth. Pop., 424. Houses, 103. The other township bears the name of Little Claybrooke; and lies contiguous to Great Claybrooke. ...
Pop., 84. Houses, 16. Real property of these townships, £3, 992. The parish contains also the hamlets of Ullesthorpe and Wigston-Parva, and the liberty of Bittesby in Leicester, and the township of Wibtoft in Warwick. Acres, 5, 380. Real property, £12, 448. Pop., 1, 274. Houses, 297. The property is much subdivided. Claybrooke Hall is the seat of the Diceys. A number of the inhabitants are stocking-makers. The living is a vicarage, united with the p. curacies of Wigston-Parva and wibtoft, in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £451.* patron, the Crown. The church is decorated English, and good; and there are a chapel of ease, an Independent chapel, a free school, and charities £162.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Claybrooke has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Harborough. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Claybrooke and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Claybrooke, in Harborough and Leicestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th November 2015
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