Billesdon in 1839
Billesdon, the market of which, held on Friday, has been discontinued within the present century, is in the hundred of Gartree, about 9 miles from Leicester, on the road to Uppingham. The parish comprehends an area of 4,430 acres, with a population, in 1831, of 908. There are in the parish two chapelries, Goadby and Rolleston, included in the foregoing numbers. The church consists of a nave, chancel, and two aisles : it has a stone tower and a neat spire. There is a school, with a small endowment. There are chapels at Goadby and Rolleston : the former is ancient ; in the grave-yard of the latter are the remains of a neat cross. The living of Billesdon is a vicarage, with the chapelries annexed, of the clear yearly value of £279, with a glebe-house. There were in the whole parish, in 1833, three dame-schools, with 54 children ; one boarding-school, with 26 children ; three day-schools with 82 scholars ; and three Sunday-schools, with 166 scholars.