In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Donisthorpe like this:
DONISTHORPE, a hamlet in Seal, Measham, and Church-Gresley parishes, and a chapelry in Seal, Measham, Church-Gresley, Stretton-in-le-Field, and Ashby-de-la-Zouch parishes, Leicester and Derby. The hamlet lies on the Ashby-de-la-Zouch canal, 1½ mile S by W of Moira r. station, and 4 SW of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Pop., 344. The chapelry was constituted in 1838; and its post-town is Stretton-in-le-Field, under Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Rated property, £4, 350. Pop., 2, 132. Houses, 397. The property. is much subdivided. A number of the inhabitants are colliers. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £145.* Patron, the Bishop of Lichfield. The church is modern.
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 Donisthorpe has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of North West Leicestershire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Donisthorpe and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Donisthorpe, in North West Leicestershire and Derbyshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th May 2013
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