Description in 1877:
"Glen Magna, or Great Glenn, sometimes spelt Glen, is a large and well built village, situated in a valley on the Market Harborough road, 6 miles S.E. by S. of Leicester. Many of its inhabitants are framework knitters, and its township contains 767 inhabitants and 2010 acres of land, chiefly in pasturage; but its parish is in Billesdon Union, Leicester County Court District, and Gartree Hundred, comprises also Stretton Magna Chapelry, and was enclosed in 1759, containing 800 persons, and having 2510 acres of land. The Midland Railway passes through the parish, and has a station about a mile from the village.... A brook flows through the village in its circuitous course to the Soar, and about a mile to the south it is crossed by the Grand Union Canal. The Church (St. Cuthberts), in the Decorated style, has a nave, chancel, north aisle, and a square tower, containing five bells. The register dates from the year 1585."
[White's "History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester & Rutland," 3rd Edition. 1877]