The village of Leire in south Leicestershire is believed to take its name from Legra, a pre-English name for the stream on which the village stands. For most of its history, residents have earned their living by farming. Like many places in the county, a change from arable to pastoral farming in the post-medieval period has left some very prominent ridge and furrow. This draft parish history is written for the VCH by volunteer Carol Cambers. The aim is to include a final version within a 'red book' covering parishes in south Leicestershire, when funds permit. We welcome contributions towards this.

Comments on this draft entry should be directed to the county editor, Pamela Fisher, by email.

Transcripts of probate inventories for this parish can now be found on the archived VCH Explore webpages.

Leire - Introduction by Carol Cambers PDF 1.08 MB
Leire - Landownership by Carol Cambers PDF 393.84 KB
Leire - Economic History by Carol Cambers PDF 893.28 KB
Leire - Social History by Carol Cambers PDF 898.34 KB
Leire - Religious History by Carol Cambers PDF 794.54 KB
Leire - Local Government by Carol Cambers PDF 689.16 KB
Leire - Buildings by Carol Cambers PDF 494.15 KB