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Snarestone

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Description in 1871:
"SNARESTONE, a parish, with a village, in Ashby-de-la-Zouch district, Leicester; 4¾ miles S by W of Ashby r. station. Post town, Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Acres, 1,325. Real property, £3,604. Pop., 355. Houses, 80. The manor belongs to J. Gurdon, Esq. S. Lodge is the residence of M. Tunnicliff, Esq. The living is a p. curacy, annexed to Swepstone. The church is old but good. There are an endowed school and a national school."
[John Marius Wilson's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales", 1870-72]

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Cemeteries

Alan MURAY-RUST has a photograph of St. Bartholomew's church graveyard alongside the church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2010.

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Census

  • The parish was in the Measham subdistrict of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch 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 and Volume 7 covers the Measham subdistrict.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 603
1851 H.O. 107 / 2084
1861 R.G. 9 / 2267
1871 R.G. 10 / 3243
1891 R.G. 12 / 2508
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew.
     
  • The church is considered "very old" and has a brick tower with 2 bells. The church was built before 1559.
     
  • The church seats 150.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of St. Bartholomew at Geo-graph, taken in 2008.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1559.
     
  • The church is in the rural deanery of West Akeley.
     
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here prior to 1912.
     
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Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Measham subdistrict of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.
     
  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.
     
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Description & Travel

Snarestone is a small village and a parish about 110 miles north of London and 8 miles north of Atherstone. It is also 5.5 miles south of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The parish covers about 1,333 acres and borders on Warwickshire.

The Ashby Canal starts in this parish by the village and a branch of the River Sence runs along the west side of the parish. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A50 trunk road west out of Leicester city to Ashby de la Zouch and turn left (south) onto the A42 and go to Donsthorpe. Here you want to turn off (left again) onto the B4116 and head due south to Snarestone.
     
  • Roger KIDD has a photograph of the Snarestone Tunnel at Geo-graph, taken in 2010.
     
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Village Sign at Geo-graph, taken in July, 2016. You might want to present them with a more artistic version when you arrive.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE also has a photograph of the Village Sign at Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.
     
You can see pictures of Snarestone which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Snarestone 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

  • Most of the inhabitants of this parish in 1849 were farmers with a few brickmakers and shopkeepers.
     
  • A colliery was opened here in 1875, but it was closed by 1881.
     
  • Philip JEFFREY has a photograph of the Globe public house at Geo-graph, taken in January, 2014.
     
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Manors

  • Snareston Lodge was the seat of the CLEMENT family.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of Manor Farmhouse in Snarestone at Geo-graph, taken in November, 2016.
     
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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
     

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK344094 (Lat/Lon: 52.681586, -1.492767), Snarestone which are provided by:

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Military History

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Snarestone War Memorial in its own little garden area on Main Street at Geo-graph, taken in March, 2010.

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Military Records

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Names, Geographical

The parish is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book as "Snarcheton".

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Politics & Government

  • The parish was in the ancient Sparkenhoe Hundred in the southern division of the county.
     
  • This place has a long history as a Chapelry and later a Civil Parish.
     
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT staffed to perform family history searches for you.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

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

 Year Inhabitants
1841 404
1871 353
1881 318
1891 302
1901 281
1911 277
1921 338
1931 347
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Schools

  • The parish built an Endowed Church of England School (National School) in 1717.
     
  • The school has its own website, but no student records are online.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the C of E Primary School at Geo-graph, taken in March, 2010.