In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Smeeton Westerby like this:
SMEETON-WESTERBY, a township-chapelry in Kibworth-Beauchamp parish, Leicester; ½ a mile S of Kibworth r. station, 1 NE of the Grand Union canal, and 5¼ NW of Market -Harborough. Post town, Kibworth-Harcourt, under Leicester. Real property, £3,293. Pop., 533. Houses, 114. The property is much subdivided. The canal here burst its banks in Sept. 1865, and was emptied for a distance of 10 miles. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £200. Patron, the Rector of Kibworth. The church was built in 1849.
Smeeton Westerby is now part of Harborough district. Click here for graphs and data of how Harborough has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Smeeton Westerby itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Smeeton Westerby, in Harborough and Leicestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd March 2017
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