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Normanton on Soar

"Normanton-On-Soar is a picturesque village and parish in the vale of the Soar, 13 miles south by west of Nottingham, bounded on the south by Leicestershire and on the north by the Wolds. It has 390 inhabitants, and 1,543 acres of rich, loamy land, of which 243 acres were allotted in 1770 in lieu of tithes. The principal owners are John Buckley Esq., Rev. Buckley's trustees, and others. The church is an ancient building, dedicated to St james. It has a tower in the centre, surmounted by a lofty spire 96 feet high. It also has a large chancel and a capacious font, which in all probability was used in those times when it was the practice to dip the infant at baptism. The living is a rectory, valued in the King's books at £7 11s 0½d, and now enjoyed by the Rev. Joseph Powell. The manor and advowson belong to John Buckley Esq., and others, who are the successors of the late Thomas Buckley Esq., the eminent breeder and grazier. 1,000 guineas was once given for the use of one of his rams for one season. The Midland Counties Railway passes about a quarter of a mile east of the village. In forming the line, several ancient coins &c. were found near Kirk Hill. Near the Manor House formerly stood an old hall of large dimensions, which was taken down about 60 years ago. Mr Buckley's house on the hill was built with part of the old materials. This parish receives, on every fifth year, £8 6s 8d from William Willougby's charity." [White's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in the Leake sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear PRO Piece No LDS Film No
1841 H.O. 107 / 863 #438908
1851 H.O. 107/2086 #87713
1861 R.G. 9 / 2278 #542947
1871 R.G. 10 / 3259 #839279
1881 R.G. 11 / 3149 #1341751
1891 R.G. 12 / 2518 #6097628
1901 R.G. 13 / 2979 -

(Data supplied by Lesley Donald)


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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint James.
  • The date of construction is uncertain, probably 14th or 15th century, although the locals claim "circa 1200".
  • Jerry EVANS has a photograph of St James' Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.
  • The church is located by the river.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1559, but early years are in poor condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of West Bingham.
  • The Baptists had a chapel here prior to 1881.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists also had a chapel here prior to 1881.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Leake sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
  • In 1935, the parish was reassigned to the Basford sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

This place is a village, a township and a parish on the south-west border of the county. It is separated from Leicestershire by the River Soar and is 118 miles north of London, 2 miles north-west of Loughborough (in Leicestershire), and 12 miles south of Nottingham

The village sits on the north bank of the River Soar. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A453 south out of Nottingham, pick up the A6 south out of Kegworth and turn east (left) onto the A6006 just before Hathern. If you are coming out of Loughborough, take the A6 north, turn right (east) just after Hathern onto the A6006. Normanton on Soar will be to your right.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the village sign on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007.
  • Please slow down for the ducks crossing the road.
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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Normanton on Soar has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK510230 (Lat/Lon: 52.802129, -1.244963), Normanton on Soar which are provided by:

Military History

  • There is a brass and bronze War Memorial plaque inside St. James church. It is inscribed:

Military Records

For a photograph of the War Memorial plaque and the list of names on it, see the Nottingham County Council site.

Names, Geographical

The name Normanton is fairly common. It is Old English northman+tun, or "farmstead of the Northmen or Norwegian Vikings".
[A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottinghamshire and it became a Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the southern division of the ancient Rushcliffe Wapentake in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Normanton on Soar Parish Council regarding civic or politcal issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Nottingham petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Loughborough Poor Law Union in Leicestershire.


Year Males Females Total
1801 265
1841 226 202 428
1851 204 189 393
1861 178 182 360
1871 152 174 326
1881 155 167 322
1891 164 175 339
1901 161 178 339

(Data supplied by Lesley DONALD)


  • A Board School was erected here in 1876.