Thurmaston South


Description in 1871:
"South Thurmaston, a parish in Barrow-upon-Soar district, Leicester; on an affluent of the river Wreak, 4 miles SE of Syston r. station, and 5½ NE of Leicester. Post Town, Hungarton, under Leicester. Acres, 1,020. Real property, £2,620. Pop., 119. Houses, 26. The property is divided among a few. South Thurmaston House is a chief residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £282.  Patron, Earl Shaftesbury. The church is good."
[1870-72, John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales"]


Archives & Libraries

The Thurmaston Community Library in Silverdale Drive is a branch of the Leicester County Council Library System. It is open 5 days each week (verify by phone if you are visiting).



An Anglo-Saxon cremation cemetery was found in the parish in 1954. 119 urns and a shield boss were recovered from the site.

Andrew TATLOW has a photograph of the Civil Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2006.



  • South Thurmaston was in the Syston subdistrict of the Barrow-on-Soar 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.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The date of the original structure is uncertain.
  • The original church tower is incomplete.
  • The church nave was rebuilt in the 15th century.
  • The chancel screen, dating from about 1355, was restored in 1894.
  • The church seats 100.
  • David KELLY has a photograph of St Michael & All Angels Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2014.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1538.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Goscote (first portion).

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.
  • South Thurmaston was in the Syston subdistrict of the Barrow-on-Soar registration district.

Description & Travel

South Thurmaston is a village and a parish in eastern Leicestershire. The parish is 100 miles north of London, 4.5 miles southeast of Syston, and 6 miles east-north-east from Leicester city. The parish covers 1,435 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, there are several approaches off either the A46 or A47 out of Leicester city.
You can see pictures of Thurmaston South which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Ian S. has a photograph of the Top House Pub. on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2016.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Leicester Marina on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2017.


  • There is mention of a Manor House in the Directories of 1881 and 1912, but no discriptions.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK614086 (Lat/Lon: 52.671639, -1.093416), Thurmaston South which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Leicester county and it was incorporated as a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The parish was in the ancient West Goscote Hundred in the eastern division of the county.
  • The Civil Parish of Thurmaston South was abolished in September, 1903, to create Thurmaston Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Leicester petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Barrow-upon-Soar Poor Law Union.


Year Inhabitants
1871 114
1881 108
1901 93
1911 95
1921 98
1931 97
1951 109
1961 104


  • Thomas STEVENSON left £20 in 1820 for the education of poor boys in the parish.
  • The children of this parish attended school in Barkby's Public Elementary School, about 2 miles to the west.
  • A few children of this parish attended school in Keyham parish, about 1 mile to the south.