"This village and parish lies on the River Smite, bordering upon Leicestershire, 5 miles south of Bingham, and contains 337 inhabitants and about 2,400 acres of land, of which 1,800 acres belong to the lord of the manor and impropriator, Henry D. Martin Esq., to whose father it was bequeathed by the Honourable Mrs Kaye, sister to Viscount Westworth, whose ancestors bought it in 1714 of Sir Edward Godling. The other part belongs to Mrs Pigon of Reading, and several other freeholders. The manor anciently belonged to the family of Basset, and from then descended to the Staffords, Dukes of Buckingham, from whom it descended to various families. The church, dedicated to St Mary, stands half a mile from the village. It is an ancient edifice with south aisle, chancel, and low tower, in which is an excellent peal of five musical bells. It is a vicarage, valued in the King's books at £8 7s 6d, now £300. It has 42 acres of glebe. The patronage is in the gift of the Crown, and the Rev. Joshua Brooke is the incumbent. The vicarage, which formerly stood in front of the hall, was taken down about 17 years ago, and a neat mansion built a little more to the north. Here is a neat Catholic chapel, erected in 1840, and the priest is the Rev. Joseph Bick. A Primitive Methodist chapel was also built in the same year. The parish feast is on Whit Sunday." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]
The Anglican parish register dates from 1591 and is in good condition.
Evelyn YOUNG made a transcription in full of the parish register covering 1591 to 1925. The web page author does not know where a copy may be found, but an online search will reveal several writings by that author.
The parish was in the #1 deanery of Bingham (the rural deanery of South Bingham).
The Roman Catholics had a church here prior to 1869.
The Primitive Methodists had a chapel here prior to 1869.
Colston Bassett is a village and a parish on the River Smite, 5 miles south of Bingham, 10 miles south-east from Nottingham city and sits on the western edge of the Vale of Belvoir. The parish borders on Leicestershire to the south-east and covers 2,391 acres. The Grantham Canal passes to the south of the parish.
If you are planning a visit:
The nearest rail service appears to be at Bingham. However there is no public transport from Bingham to Colston Bassett.
By automobile, take the A46 and turn east at the signpost for Cotgrave (you'll be going the other way), and watch for the Colston Bassett sign.
Bus service is infrequent but available from Nottingham and Bingham.
The village is noted for its Stilton Cheese.
The village has its own website, but no family or village history is provided.
Allan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Sign for you on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2014.
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