East Goscote


Wikipedia tells us:

East Goscote is a modern village and civil parish in the Borough of Charnwood district of Leicestershire, England, just north of the market town of Syston. It is a medium-sized village, with a population measured at 2,866 in the 2011 census.... It was the first new village to be created in Leicestershire since Domesday.

Archives & Libraries

The East Goscote Community Library in Ling Dale is a branch of the Leicester County Council Library System. It is open 6 days each week (verify by phone if you are visiting). The Library does Not have a dedicated Family History section.



  • East Goscote was in the Syston subdistrict of the Barrow-on-Soar 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.
  • Remember, East Goscote didn't exist until 1967, so look in the original parishes in the Syston subdistrict of the Barrow-on-Soar registration district.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Hilda.
  • The church was built and opened in 1976.
  • Kate JEWELL has a photograph of St Hilda's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2005.

Church Records

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Goscote (second portion).

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.
  • East Goscote was in the Syston subdistrict of the Barrow-on-Soar registration district.

Description & Travel

East Goscote is a village and a parish in northern Leicestershire that did not exist until 1962. This is the first new village in Leicestershire since Domesday. The area of the village is the site of a former army supply depot built in 1940 where munitions were made and stored. At the time it was known as the Queniborough depot as that was the closest village to it. It was decommissioned in 1959 and later developed by Jelsons an a "new village".

There were two enormous shell storage bunkers that were not demolished, but were earthed over and landscaped. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, there is a turnoff from the A46 just north of Leicester city onto the A607 that takes you to East Gostcote.
  • The village is served by Arriva Bus company on their route 5.5A.
  • Adjacent to the village is Beedles Lake Golf Club.
  • For photographs of the village around 1964 and surrounding land, try the Parish Council site.
  • Kate JEWELL has a photograph of East Goscote on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2005.
  • Kate JEWELL also has a photograph of Beedles Lake on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2006. This is for all you fishermen and anglers out there.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of East Goscote on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2013.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2008.
You can see pictures of East Goscote which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which East Goscote 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 SK642137 (Lat/Lon: 52.717156, -1.051021), East Goscote which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

The name is taken from the East Goscote Hundred, one of the old hundreds of Leicestershire.



The village had its own magazine East Goscote Community News, which was first published in 1969. It ceased publication in the mid-1980s, after many issues. Now they have a magazine called Long Furrow. Copies should be available in nearby libraries.


Politics & Government

  • This place was formed as a Civil Parish in April, 1967, from portions of Queniborough Civil Parish, Ratcliffe Civil Parish and Rearsby Civil Parish.
  • The parish was in the ancient East Goscote Hundred in the northern division of the county.
  • The parish became part of the Charnwood Borough Council.
  • Find the local Parish Council page for current political issues. They do not have the staff nor time to answer family history questions.
  • District governance is provided by the Charnwood Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases were heard in the Leicester petty session hearings.
  • East Goscote was formed after the old Poorlaw system was replaced by National Insurance. There are likely no records under this name. Suggest that you search Queniborough, Ratcliffe on Wreake and Rearsby parish records.




The village is served by Broomfield County Primary School, which was opened in 1968. The school was expanded in 1977 to cope with the number of children on the village.