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"PLUNGAR, a parish, with a village, in the district of Bingham and county of Leicester: on the Grantham and Nottingham canal, adjacent to Notts, 4¾ miles S W of Bottesford r. station, and 10 N by E of Melton-Mowbray. Post-town, Barkston, under Nottingham. Acres 1,310. Real property, £1,443. Pop., 251. Houses, 59. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to the Duke of Rutland. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £140. Patron, the Duke of Rutland. The church was repaired in 1829, and has a pinnacled tower. There are a Wesleyan chapel, and charities £11; and 14 children may be sent to Barkston free school."


  • The parish was in the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham 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 / 588
1861 R.G. 9 / 2484
1891 R.G. 12 / 2717


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Plungar area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Helen.
  • The church dates from the 14th century.
  • The church was restored in 1856.
  • Kate JEWELL has a photograph of St. Helen's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2005.
  • The church is a grade II listed structure with English Heritage.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1754.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Framland (first portion).
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a small chapel here in the early 1900s.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Plungar is both a parish and a village about 100 miles north of London and lies in the Vale of Belvoir. The county boundary of Nottingham lies to the West. The town of Grantham is 9 miles to the east, Melton Mobray is 10 miles to the south. The parish covered about 973 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • The village is north-west off of the A607 trunk road between Grantham and Melton Mobray.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2012. We urge you to stop by and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.

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Ask for a calculation of the distance from Plungar to another place.

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Historical Geography

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



  • In the early 1900s the making of Stilton Cheese was the principal industry here.

Military History

The War Memorial is a obelisk on a three-step base, with a sword on each face of the plinth.  The memorial is on Harby Road

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the War Memorial at Geo-graph, taken in October, 2016.

RAF Plungar was actually a little to the west of the parish in the neighbouring county of Nottinghamshire.  A plaque at Plungar is dedicated to the crew of six of an Avro Lancaster bomber which crashed near Plungar in 1943.


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicestershire and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the Frameland Hundred (or Wapentake) in the eastern portion of Leicestershire.
  • The parish was in the Melton district of Leicestershire.
  • In 1936 the adjoining civil parishes of Barkestone-le-Vale and Redmile were merged into Plungar, and the parish is sometimes known as Barkestone and Redmile.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT funded to help you with family history searches..

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Belvoir petty session hearings on the first Monday of every month.
  • Daniel SMITH's charity (undated) would provide 300 yards of calico cloth annually to the poor.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Bingham Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 157
1821 203
1841 280
1871 224
1881 252
1891 224
1901 194


  • The children of this parish attended school in Barkstone.