Description in 1877:
"BRANSTON, a pleasant village, 8 miles N.N.E of Melton Mowbray, near the small river Devon, and a large reservoir for supplying the Grantham Canal, has in its parish, which is in Framland Hundred, Melton Mowbray Union and County Court District, 313 persons, living in 57 houses, on 960 acres of land, mostly arable. The Duke of Rutland owns most of the soil, and is lord of the manor." [WHITE's "History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland. 3rd Edition," 1877]
Branston is a parish and a village in the north of the county, sandwiched between Eaton and Knipton parishes. The parish is about 121 miles north of London, about 8 miles northeast of Melton Mobray and about the same distance southwest of Grantham in Lincolnshire. The parish covers 1,837 acres.
The small River Devon passes through the north end of the village and empties into the Knipton Reservoir. If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, Take the A607 trunk road north from Melton Mowbray.
There is a quiet scene of a maize field near Branston at the Geograph site.
Richard CROFT has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2015. Stop by when it is open and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events. This used to be the village school in 1843.
You can see pictures of Branston which are provided by:
The parish was in the Framland Hundred (Wapentake) in the northern division of the county.
This parish was an "ancient parish" of Leicestershire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
On 1 April, 1936, this parish was abolished and the territory merged into the Croxton Kerrial Civil Parish. You can visit the council site, but they will do no family history lookups for you. There is, however, a nice picture of a road tending up toward the church.