Description in 1854:
"Barwell, a large village and parish, in the union of Hinckley, from which it it is two miles north by east and eleven miles S. W. from Leicester; its parish includes the hamlets of Potter's Marston and Stapleton. The church dedicated to St. Mary, is an ancient structure in the gothic style of architecture, having a square tower, containing four bells; the living is a rectory. The Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists have places of worship here."
"There is a Free School for educating and clothing 20 poor boys, which is endowed with £20 10s. per year, from Alderman Newtons charity. The poor have some small sums distributed yearly" [Melville & Co.'s "Directory & Gazetteer of Leicestershire," 1854]
The Barwell Cemetery, set aside in 1898, is on Brockley Lane and covers about 2.5 acres. There are two mortuary chapels, both erected in 1902. The cemetery is under the control of a local parish burial board.
The LRO also holds a typescript copy of Barwell parish register transcripts from 1563 - 1640 (DE 4487/18).
The International Genealogical Index (I.G.I.) includes details of births and baptisms from 1563 - 1856.
The Society of Genealogists holds a copy of the parish register from 1563 - 1640 which can be studied at their library in London.
The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, a large brick building was erected in 1797 in what came to be known as Chapel Street. It was enlarged in 1829 at a cost of £200 and further enlarged in 1867. In 1903 following the purchase of a number of cottages and adjoining parcels of land a new chapel was built.
The first Primitive Methodist Chapel was built in 1829/33 and redeveloped in 1852/53. In 1895 a plot of land on what is now Shilton Road was purchased and in 1897 a schoolroom was built where the congregation worshiped for a number of years until in 1903 a new church was built on this site. This building continued in use until 1966 when the two churches amalgamated.
Barwell is a large village and was a parish 103 miles north of London, just 2 miles northeast of Hinckley, and 11 miles southwest of Leicester city. The parish covered 2,387 acres and includes the township of Potters Marston and the hamlet and chapelry of Stapleton.
The village sits in the hills in southwest Leicestershire. If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, take the A47 arterial south-west out of Leicester toward Hinckley. Barwell will be on the right after you pass Earl Shilton.
You can see pictures of Barwell which are provided by: