Village Information

Information about clubs, societies, shops, amenities and local businesses is listed in the Welcome to Wymeswold leaflet which has been produced for new residents, but also provides useful information for anyone living in Wymeswold.

Welcome to Wymeswold Leaflet

A short history of Wymeswold

Wymeswold lies in a shallow valley in the gently rolling area known as the Wolds, which straddles the Leicestershire/Nottinghamshire border. The village is a very compact settlement built around the fourteenth century St Mary’s church. The older parts are mostly eighteenth and nineteenth century buildings, now infilled with a number of small estates and detached properties.


The village probably took shape in the mid-Saxon period (700-900) together with its associated roads and footpaths. In early records the name appears as Wymund’s Wald (ie wood). The Domesday book shows that in 1086 the village was divided into four parts and subsequently these lands had various owners. In the time of Edward III Richard de Willoughby was granted a charter to hold a weekly market and annual fair.


Wymeswold is typical of a working village, the development of which has evolved over many centuries. Far Street still retains one of the finest Georgian street-scapes in Leicestershire. Around the village are many pleasant corners with groupings of houses which illustrate the vernacular architecture of the village.

The pattern of fields and roads derives almost entirely from the Enclosure Act of 1759. One of the indirect results of this was the building of farm houses and buildings away from the village in positions more convenient for the new fields. It must have been a period of increasing prosperity as a number of houses appear to have been built around this time.

Population changes

In the Domesday Book 39 men of various ranks were mentioned, so a population of under 200 may be assumed. The first census in 1801 gives a total population of 782. There followed a period of rapid growth, with the total reaching 1,276 in 1831 which has been attributed to the development of the lace and framework knitting industries. From 1851 the population decreased fairly steadily due in part to the migration to larger industrial centres. This decline halted in the 1950’s since when the population has increased steadily.

If you are interested in finding out more abut the history of Wymeswold there is a wealth of information on the Wolds Historical Organisation’s website at

Parish Council

The Parish Council usually meets on the first Monday of every month in the Sports Pavilion, Burton Lane, Wymeswold LE12 6UN. The meetings commence at 7pm and all parishioners are welcome to attend.

The next Parish Council Meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday 3rd June at 7:00pm.  Please view the latest meeting agenda for details of how to attend.

From now on, all Parish Council meetings will take place both in person AND online via Zoom for those that find online attendance easier. 

Getting in touch…

The best way to contact the Parish Council is via email. Our email address is

Alternatively, you can contact the Parish Council via telephone on 07592 382114. Our Parish Clerk works part time and is usually available on a Tuesday and Thursday between 10am and 4pm.

If you need to contact the Parish Council outside of those hours (telephone and emails are not monitored outside of these times), please either leave a message, send a text, or send an email and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

More information about the Parish Council and its activities can be found on the links below:

Borough & County Councils

The Borough Council is Charnwood Borough Council.

The County Council is Leicestershire County Council.


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St. Mary’s Parish Church, Wymeswold
Priest in charge: Rev. Clive Watts
07534 899522
Associate Priest: Rev. Fiona Cotton-Beveridge
07903 665912
Rev. Simon Richardson
01509 856623
Parish Office
01509 416520
Church Wardens: Richard Bimson and Michael Henshaw 01509 880218
Website: Barrow and Wolds group
Methodist Church, Wymeswold
Minister: Rev. Sandra Marshall 0116 230 4689
Superintendent Minister: Rev. Karen Beecham 01509 219804
Lay Pastor: Eleri Bristow
Circuit Administrator: Mrs. Josephine Wills
01509 807441
Church Steward: Margaret Folwell 01509 880770
Website: Loughborough Methodist Circuit
Roman Catholic Church, Main Street, East Leake
Parish Priest: Father Michael
Sat 6pm – Holy Mass, Sun 11am – Holy Mass
01509 852147
Baptist Church, Beveridge Street, Barrow-upon-Soar
Senior Minister: Rev. Neil Jones
Sun 10am
01509 416603

Welcome to Wymeswold

Email to publicise anything Wymeswold-related.

Wymeswold is situated at the northern boundary of Leicestershire mid-way between the cities of Nottingham and Leicester.

Wymeswold holds a number of events every year, such as the famous Duck Races, the Open Gardens and the Village Show.

If you would like to report Wymeswold news, publicise Wymeswold events or advertise local organisations please Contact Us. For information about any of the organisations or events please get in touch with the contact named.