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MUSTON, a village and a parish in the district of Grantham and county of Leicester. The village stands on the river Devon, adjacent to the boundary with Lincolnshire, near the Grantham canal, 1½ mile E S E of Bottesford r. station, and 5½ W by N of Grantham; and has a post-office under Nottingham. The parish comprises 1,623 acres. Real property, £2,694. Pop., 360. Houses, 74. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to the Duke of Rutland. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £400. Patron, the Lord Chancellor.

{John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72"].

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Archives & Libraries

Like a Dr. Who Tardis machine, the mobile library appears for only 25 minutes each month not far from the church. Alan MUJRRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Bookmobile on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2017, to help you identify it.

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Cemeteries

Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of St. John's Churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2008. The photo includes the War Memorial as well.

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Census

  • The parish was in the Denton sub-district of the Grantham (Lincolnshire) Registration District.
     
  • After the Poor Law Union was re-organized in 1891, the parish was in the Grantham South sub-district of the Grantham 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 / 588
1871 R.G. 10 / 3356
1891 R.G. 12 / 2583
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
     
  • The church was built in the 14th century
     
  • The church was restored in 1875.
     
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. John's Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2008.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the 14th century Village Cross on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2017. The cross is a Grade II* structure with English Heritage.
     
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Church Records

  • Muston marriages from 1562-1812 can be found at Michael Gray's website.
     
  • The Free Methodists built a chapel here in 1802.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the former Methodist Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2017. The chapel has been converted to residential use.
     
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was in the Denton sub-district of the Grantham (Lincolnshire) Registration District.
     
  • After the Poor Law Union was re-organized in 1891, the parish was in the Grantham South sub-district of the Grantham Registration District.
     
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Description & Travel

Muston is both a parish and a village about 100 miles north of London and they lie in the Vale of Belvoir. The county boundary of Lincolnshire lies to the east and south. The town of Grantham is 5 and a half miles to the east, Melton Mobray is 16 miles to the south and Newark is 12 miles to the north. The River Devon runs through the west side of the parish. The parish covers about 1,500 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Muston Meadows, just southwest of the village, is a National Nature Reserve with Green-winged Orchids.
     
  • The village is just south off of the A52 trunk road between Grantham and Nottingham.
     
You can see pictures of Muston which are provided by:

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Directories

Extract from WHITE's Leicester and Rutland Directory, 1877:

"The FREE METHODISTS have a small chapel here, built in 1802. The SCHOOL was built in 1875, on a site given by the Duke of Rutland, who also defrayed two-thirds of the cost of the erection, and chiefly supports it. The poor have 5s. a year out of Middlebeck's Close, left by Robert Cragg in 1682. The parish feast is on the Sunday before St. Peter's day."
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Gazetteers

John BARTHOLOMEW, "Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887)": Muston.-- par. and vil., Leicestershire, on river Devon, 5 ½ miles NW. of Grantham, 1,623 ac., pop. 312; P.O.

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Genealogy

The Poet George CRABBE, born 24 December 1754, moved his family to this parish in February 1789. They left for Parham in 1792. CRABBE would return in October 1805. His wife died here at the end of October, 1813, at the age of 63.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Muston 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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History

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of The Gap Inn on Geo-graph taken in February, 2017.

Kate JEWELL has a photograph of the Millennium Oak, planted in 2000 on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2006.

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Manors

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Manor House at Muston on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2017.

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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
     

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK829378 (Lat/Lon: 52.931214, -0.768137), Muston which are provided by:

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Military History

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Muston War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2017. The Memorial was dedicated in September 1919.

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Names, Geographical

  • The village name is pronoused "Musson" by locals.
     
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Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicester county.
     
  • The parish was in the ancient Framland Hundred.
     
  • Parish boundaries have shifted over time, so check neighboring parishes for your familes.
     
  • The parish was abolished as a civil parish in April, 1936, and merged with Bottesford. The villages share a parish council.
     
  • You may contact the Bottesford Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT funded to help you with family history searches.
     
  • District governance is provided by the Melton Borough Council.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Belvoir petty session hearings which were held every other Monday.
     
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Grantham Poor Law Union.
     
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Population

 Year Inhabitants
1801 204
1811 226
1841 351
1851 411
1861 360
1871 353
1881 312
1901 268
1931 218
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Schools

  • A National School was built here in 1875.