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Blaston

Description in 1877:
"Blaston, a small village and civil parish, is in Gartree Hundred, Uppingham Union and County Court District; it is situated in a pleasant valley, 2 miles S.E. of Hallaton, 5 miles S.W. of Uppingham, and 8 miles N.E. of Market Harborough. For civil purposes Blaston St. Giles and Blaston St. Michael form one parish, which had 82 inhabitants in 1871, living in 20 houses, on 1267 acres. For ecclesiastical purposes Blaston St. Michael, which contained 26 persons in 1871, is a chapelry, belonging to the parish of Hallaton."
WHITE's History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland. 3rd Edition 1877

Cemeteries

Census

  • The parish was in the Great Easton sub-district of the Uppingham 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.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 589
1861 R.G. 9 / 2309
1871 R.G. 10 / 3304
1891 R.G. 12 / 2550

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Blaston area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • There are two ecclesiastical parishes; St. Giles and St. Michael.
  • The Anglican parish church dedicated to Saint Giles is a small stone building. It was originally a Chapel of Ease.
  • The church appears to date from around 1500.
  • The church was restored in 1845.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1878.
  • The church seats 100.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the Chapel of St Giles on Geograph, taken in August, 2006.
  • The Anglican parish church dedicated to Saint Michael is also a small stone building.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1867-68.
  • The church seats 50.

Church Records

  • The St. Giles parish register dates from 1676.
  • Both churches were in the rural deanery of Gartree (third portion).

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Uppington Registration District.

Description and Travel

Blaston is a village, a township and a parish sitting in a valley about 8 miles northeast of Market Harborough. The parish covers about 1,267 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A47 trunk road east out of Leicester City and turn south on the country road and pass thru Hallaton. Blaston will be to your left.
You can see pictures of Blaston which are provided by:

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Blaston has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Manors

  • Blaston Hall was occupied by Mrs. E. A. HARDCASTLE in 1912.
  • There was also a Manor House which was occupied and owned by Capt. Eustice R. MAUDSLAY in 1912.

Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP803955 (Lat/Lon: 52.551402, -0.817133), Blaston which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • The parish was in the southern division of the county in the ancient Gartree Hundred (or Wapentake).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the East Norton petty session hearings.
  • There was an annual grant of £12 and 10s. left by Balentine GOODMAN to the most needy and indigent member of this parish. This grant was established in 1685.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Uppingham (Rutland) Poorlaw Union.
  • In June of 1895, in a Poor Law union reorganization, Blaston was reassigned from Uppingham Poorlaw Union to Market Harborough Poorlaw Union.

Population

Year Inhabitants
1841 102
1871 82
1881 114
1891 100
1901 92
1911 95
1921 76
1931 73
1961 55
2001 54

Schools

  • The children of this place attend a school in Hallaton parish.