Description in 1871:
"NARBOROUGH, a village, a township, and a parish in Blaby district, Leicestershire. The village stands on the river Soar, and on the Fosse way, near the Leicester and Nuneaton railway, 5.5 miles S W by S of Leicester; is a considerable place; and has a station on the railway, and a post-office under Leicester. The township includes the village, and extends into the country. Real property, £5,252. Pop. in 1851, 842; in 1861, 716. Houses, 154. The decrease of pop. was caused partly by the discontinuance of a boarding-school. The parish contains also the hamlet of Huncote, and comprises 2, 657 acres. Real property, £8,220; of which £150 are in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 1,283; in 1861, 1,156. Houses, 249. The property is much subdivided.. The manor of Narborough belongs to T. Pares, Esq.; and that of Huncote, to the Earl of Stamford. Narborough Hall is the seat of W. Orton, Esq. A royal palace once stood at Huncote. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £690. Patron, T. Pares, Esq. The church is ancient, and in tolerable condition; has a Norman door-way, and a massive tower; and contains two sedilia and a piscina. A chapel of ease was formerly in Huncote. Chapels for Independents are in Narborough and Huncote. Charities, £8." John Marius Wilson's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]
The parish was in the Enderby sub-district of the Blaby 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. Volume 4 covers the Enderby subdistrict.
The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Narborough is a large village, a township and a parish which sits about 5 miles southwest of Leicester city, 9 miles northeast of Lutterworth and 100 miles north of London. The parish covers 1,636 acres and sits on the west bank of The River Soar.
If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, take the B4114 arterial road southwest out of Leicester city. This road runs through the heart of Narborough.
The M! motorway passes through the eastern edge of the parish.
You can see pictures of Narborough which are provided by:
The Leicesershire and Rutland County Lunatic Asylum was in this parish. Built in 1904-07 of red brick with stone dressings, the asylum grounds covered 186 acres and the buildings could house 688 patients. This building replaced an earlier structure out by the racecourse.
The institution became known as the Carlton Hayes Hospital in 1939.
The hospital became part of the National Health Service in 1948.
Some indexes and patient records are at the Leicester and Rutland Record Office. You may search the National Archives to see what you can access online.