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Description in 1871:
"FOSTON, a parish in Blaby district, Leicestershire; on a branch of the Soar, 2 miles ESE of Countesthorpe r. station, and 6½ SSE of Leicester. Post town, Countesthorpe, under Leicester. Acres, 840. Real property, £2,199. Pop., 27. Houses, 6. The property is all in one estate. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £240. Patron, Sir M. Lamb, Bart. The church is Norman and tolerable."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]

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Census

  • The parish was in the Wigston 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.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 598
1861 R.G. 9 / 2256
1871 R.G. 10 / 3230
1891 R.G. 12 / 2497
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew.
     
  • The origin of the church is uncertain but apparently of Norman origin.
     
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1874.
     
  • The church seats 70.
     
  • Kate JEWELL has a photograph of St. Bartholomew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2006.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1690.
     
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Guthlaxton (first portion).
     
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was in the Wigston sub-district of the Blaby Registration District.
     
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Description & Travel

Foston is a small village and was a civil parish about 6.5 miles south of Leicester city. The parish covered 1,333 acres.

The village is too small to appear on most small-scale (large area) maps. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A50 arterial road south out of Leicester about 6 miles. A road to the right leads to Countesthorpe. Once on that road you are in the old parish of Foston.
     
You can see pictures of Foston which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

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

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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
     

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP603951 (Lat/Lon: 52.550415, -1.112139), Foston which are provided by:

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Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish of Leicestershire and a modern Civil Parish as well.
     
  • The parish is in the ancient Guthlaxton Hundred in the southern division of the county.
     
  • In April, 1936, theis parish was abolished to enlarge Kilby Civil Parish and all 1,333 acres were amalgamated with that parish.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Blaby Poorlaw Union.
     
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Leicester petty session hearings.
     
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Population

 Year Inhabitants
1831 32
1841 41
1871 38
1881 43
1891 56
1901 45
1911 51
1921 40
1931 36
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Schools

  • The children of this place attended schools at Countesthorpe and Kilby.