Religion and Churches

For many years, religious life in the village centred around the Parish Church. However, by the mid 18th Century, the Church of England was beginning to lose its grip. Those residents who sought a 'non-conformist' alternative held services in their own dwellings. The Leicester Quarter Session in 1762 gave John Thompson the first recorded permission for a house to be used as a meeting place for 'Protestant Dissenters from the Church of England'. In 1762, permission was granted for a meeting place for dissenters 'called Baptists'; and in 1780 a number of villagers joined together for 'the worship of Almighty God' in the house of one William Bacon.

The pages in this section provide more details of the particular Christian denominations.  Note there has never been a building for Roman Catholics, who usually travelled to Leicester for services, or to Market Bosworth to get married.