Description in 1871:
"GLOOSTON, a parish in Market-Harborough district, Leicester; on an affluent of the river Welland, 3¼ miles NNW of Medbourne-Bridge r. station, and 5¼ NNE of Market-Harborough. Post town, Kibworth-Harcourt, under Leicester. Acres, 660. Real property, £1,440. Pop., 157. Houses, 32. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £180.* Patron, the Earl of Cardigan. The church is of the 13th century. There are some small charities."
"John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales", 1870-72



  • The parish was in the Market Harborough sub-district of the Market Harborough 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.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2251
1871 R.G. 10 / 3226
1891 R.G. 12 / 2492

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
  • The church was built in the 13th century. This is believed to be the second church on this site.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1867.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of St. John the Baptist Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2006.
  • David THOMPSON also has a photograph of Glooston Parish Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2016.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1564.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Gartree (first portion).

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Glooston is a parish and a small village in Leicestershire. It is about 96 miles north of London, 13 miles southeast of Leicester city and 6 miles north of Market Harborough. The parish covered just 660 acres in 1881, but that increased to 9049 acres in 1881, then to 973 acres by 1891.

The village is bisected by a stream that flows into the River Welland. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, it is probably easiest to take the B6047 arterial road north out of Market Harborough for about 5 miles and turn right (east) at Tur Langton and continue to Glooston.
  • Mat FASCIONE provides a photograph of the Village sign along Harborough Road on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007. You may wish to submit a new sign, perhaps more artistic or historical for the parish to consider.
You can see pictures of Glooston which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The parish was largely used for grazing land.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Old Barn Inn on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007.


  • There is no mention of a manor house here in the old directories.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP751958 (Lat/Lon: 52.55487, -0.893753), Glooston which are provided by:


Military History

There is a Roll of Honour for World War One framed and mounted inside St. John the Baptist Church.

There is also a white marble plaque mounted in the church to honour two men from World War One and one from World War Two who died.


Politics & Government

  • The parish is in the ancient Gartree Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • Andrew TATLOW has a photograph of the Vilalge Hall on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007. The Hall is shared with the parishes of Cranoe and Stonton Wyvill.
  • The citizens of this parish have decided to forgo a formal parish council. Instead, they hold periodic Parish Meeting to discuss civic and political issues.
  • District governance is provided by the Harborough District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Market Harborough Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the East Norton petty session hearings the first Friday of each month.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 129
1841 157
1851 153
1871 127
1881 105
1891 73
1901 63
1911 70
1921 71
1931 65
1951 64
1961 48


  • The children of this parish attended school at the Countess of Cardigan's School in Cranoe parish.