Description in 1871:
"BARKBY, a township and a parish in Barrow-upon-Soar district, Leicester. The township lies on an affluent of the river Wreak, 1½ mile S by E of Syston r. station, and 4½ NE of Leicester; and it includes the hamlet of Hambleton. Real property, £3,739. Pop., 504. Houses, 117. The parish contains also the township of North Thurmaston and the hamlet of Barkby-Thorpe; and its Post Town is Syston, under Leicester. Acres, 2,290. Real property, exclusive of Thurmaston, £4,739. Pop., 791. Houses, 183. Barkby Hall is the seat of W. Pochin, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £250. Patron, W. Pochin, Esq. The church is good; and there are two Methodist chapels and a national school." John Marius Wilson's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72,
Suella POSTLES did an MA titled Barkby: Anatomy of a Township 1535-1800 for the Department of English Local History at the University of Leicester in 1976. Copies will be in the University of Leicester Library and one has been deposited with the Local Studies Library in Syston. The Barkby Local History Group also has a copy. She is happy to do lookups for Barkby surnames of this period. Contact her at: Suella Postles.
There is also a chapter on early Barkby in the volume in memory of Richard McKINLEY titled "Names, Time and Place" written by Suella Postles and Dr. David Postles, published by the Leopards Head Press in 2003.
The parish was in the Syston sub-district of the Barrow-upon-Soar Registration District.
The 1851 Census for Leicestershire has been indexed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society. The whole index is available on microfiche. The society has also published it in print and Volume 23 covers the Syston Sub-District of which Barkby is a part.
The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
The Society of Genealogists holds copies of Barkby parish records including records of baptisms from 1586-1642 1660-61 1674-1920, marriages from 1586-1641 (on microfiche from 1586-1677) 1678-88 1691-1963 and burials from 1586-1641 1652 1662 1691-1886 which can be studied at their library in London.
The church was in the rural deanery of Goscote (first portion).
The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here by 1849.
The Primitive Methodists had a chapel here by 1881.
Barkby is a village and a parish which lie about 109 miles north of London and 5 miles northeast of Leicester. The parish includes the hamlet of Hambleton and the townships of Barkby Thorpe and North Thurmaston and covers about 2,087 acres. Beeby parish lies to the east and Syston parish lies to the north.
If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, take the A46 north out of Leicester and take the turnoff into Syston. Bare right, then turn right to take the road into Barkby.
You can see pictures of Barkby which are provided by: