Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for WHITWICK

WHITWICK, a small town, a township, a parish, and a subdistrict, in Ashby-de-la-Zouch district, Derby. The town stands 1½ mile NNE of Coalville r. station, and 5 E by S of Ashby; underwent improvement of its market place in 1859; and has a post-office‡ under Leicester, a fine old church restored in 1849, four dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, national schools, charities £40, and a weekly market. The township comprises 3,260 acres. Real property, £21,467; of which £6,800 are in mines. Pop. in 1851, 2,836; in 1861, 3,759. Houses, 708. An ancient castle of the Earls of Lancaster stood on Castle hill; figured, for a time, as an important fortress; and is now represented only by a few traces of its keep. Bardon Hill, about 2 miles from the town, is much frequented by picnic parties, and commands an extensive view. A Roman Catholic monastery, the earliest erected in England since the Reformation, and a reformatory for Roman Catholic criminals established in 1856, stand amid hills within a part of Charnwood forest.—The parish contains also Swannington and Thringstone townships; includes parts of Coalville and Oaks chapelries; and comprises 6,220 acres. Pop in 1851., 4,956; in 1861, 6,439. Houses, 1,303. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £400.* Patron, the Duchy of Lancaster. The p. curacy of St. George or Swannington is a separate benefice. -The sub-district contains four parishes and a part, and comprises 14,298 acres. Pop., 9,874. Houses, 2,055.


(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

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Feature Description: "a small town, a township, a parish, and a subdistrict"   (ADL Feature Type: "cities")
Administrative units: Whitwick AP/CP       Whitwick SubD       Derbyshire AncC
Place: Whitwick

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