Description in 1877:
"Bowden Magna, or Great Bowden, is a long straggling village, with several good houses, pleasantly situated about a mile N.E. of Market Harborough, on the north side of the vale of the River Welland, which separates it from Northamptonshire. Its parish is in Gartree Hundred, Market Harborough Union and County Court District, and, comprising the two townships of Great Bowden and Market Harborough, in 1871 contained 3812 inhabitants, living in 831 houses, on 3120 acres of land. It is traversed on the west by the Union Canal, and on the east by the Rugby and Stamford and the Midland Railways. The soil is clay, and chiefly pasture, and is supposed to be the best grazing land in England." [White's "History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland. 3rd Edition," 1877]
The Anglican parish register dates from 1559 for baptisms, 1560 for burials and 1564 for marriages.
The church was in the rural deanery of Gartree (first portion).
The Society of Genealogists holds microfiche copies of Great Bowden parish records including baptisms from 1559 - 1880, marriages from 1564 - 1837 and burials from 1560 - 1857 which can be studied at their library in London.
The Congregationalists had a chapel built here in 1886 in place of an older structure.
This village and parish lie just northeast of Market Harborough, just off of the A6 trunk road. Great Bowden may be considered a suburb of Market Harborough. The parish is 14 miles southeast of Leicester city and is bound on the west by the Grand Union Canal and on the south and east by the River Welland.
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The village has its own website with local news and events.
Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the village sign on the north side of the village on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007.
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