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]



  • 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:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 598
1861 R.G. 9 / 2256
1871 R.G. 10 / 3230
1891 R.G. 12 / 2497

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.

Church Records

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

Civil Registration

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

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:




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.



  • 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:


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.

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.


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


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