Kibworth

The ecclesiastical parish of Kibworth in south Leicestershire is made up of two villages, Kibworth Beauchamp and Kibworth Harcourt.

Several Woodford families lived in Kibworth during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, descended from families in Northamptonshire, mainly from the village of Welford on the Northamptonshire/Leicestershire border and possibly from villages in Northamptonshire.


St WIlfrid's Parish Church, Kibworth
St WIlfrid's Parish Church, Kibworth
The cover of a first edition of F.P.Woodford's History of Kibworth
The cover of a first edition of F.P.Woodford's History of Kibworth

In 1916, Kibworth resident Frances P. Woodford wrote A History of Kibworth and Reminiscences, an insight into village life during his childhood years in the middle decades of the nineteenth century.

Members of his close family are mentioned including the landlord and owner of the local coaching inn, the Coach and Horses.

Woodford's initials are carved into an external buttress on the east end of the parish church.

It is perhaps worth noting that by the time Woodford wrote his book he had been absent from Kibworth for many years and was relying on his childhood memories.

The Coach and Horses. Former coaching inn
The Coach and Horses. Former coaching inn
Woodford graffiti at Kibworth Parish Church
Woodford graffiti at Kibworth Parish Church
Kibworth churchyard in snow
Kibworth churchyard in snow
Woodford burials in Kibworth churchyard according to monuments in Kibworth churchyard
Woodford burials in Kibworth churchyard according to monuments in Kibworth churchyard