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Normanton on Soar

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"Normanton-On-Soar is a picturesque village and parish in the vale of the Soar, 13 miles south by west of Nottingham, bounded on the south by Leicestershire and on the north by the Wolds. It has 390 inhabitants, and 1,543 acres of rich, loamy land, of which 243 acres were allotted in 1770 in lieu of tithes. The principal owners are John Buckley Esq., Rev. Buckley's trustees, and others.
The church is an ancient building, dedicated to St James. It has a tower in the centre, surmounted by a lofty spire 96 feet high. It also has a large chancel and a capacious font, which in all probability was used in those times when it was the practice to dip the infant at baptism. The living is a rectory, valued in the King's books at £7 11s 0½d, and now enjoyed by the Rev. Joseph Powell.
The manor and advowson belong to John Buckley Esq., and others, who are the successors of the late Thomas Buckley Esq., the eminent breeder and grazier. 1,000 guineas was once given for the use of one of his rams for one season. The Midland Counties Railway passes about a quarter of a mile east of the village. In forming the line, several ancient coins &c. were found near Kirk Hill. Near the Manor House formerly stood an old hall of large dimensions, which was taken down about 60 years ago. Mr Buckley's house on the hill was built with part of the old materials. This parish receives, on every fifth year, £8 6s 8d from William Willougby's charity."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]



  • The parish was in the Leake sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
PRO Piece No LDS Film No
1841 H.O. 107 / 863 #438908
1851 H.O. 107/2086 #87713
1861 R.G. 9 / 2278 #542947
1871 R.G. 10 / 3259 #839279
1881 R.G. 11 / 3149 #1341751
1891 R.G. 12 / 2518 #6097628
1901 R.G. 13 / 2979 -

(Data supplied by Lesley Donald)


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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint James.
  • The date of construction is uncertain, probably 14th or 15th century, although the locals claim "circa 1200".
  • The church was restored in 1889.
  • The church seats 150.
  • Jerry EVANS has a photograph of St James' Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of St James' Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2014.
  • The church is located by the river.
  • The church is Grade I listed with English Heritage.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1559, but early years are in poor condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of West Bingham.
  • The General Baptists chapel was built here in 1886.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists also had a chapel built here in 1888.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Leake sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
  • In 1935, the parish was reassigned to the Basford sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

This place is a village, a township and a parish on the south-west border of the county. It is separated from Leicestershire by the River Soar and is 118 miles north of London, 2 miles north-west of Loughborough (in Leicestershire), and 12 miles south of Nottingham

The village sits on the north bank of the River Soar. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A453 south out of Nottingham, pick up the A6 south out of Kegworth and turn east (left) onto the A6006 just before Hathern. If you are coming out of Loughborough, take the A6 north, turn right (east) just after Hathern onto the A6006. Normanton on Soar will be to your right.
  • Tom GLOVER has a photograph of the village from across the Soar on Geo-graph, taken in July, 1995.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the village sign on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007.
  • Please slow down for the ducks crossing the road.

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Historical Geography

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



Tim GLOVER has a photograph of the old Chain Ferry across the Soar on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2009. There had been a rowing ferry here for about 800 years, and a chain ferry since the late 18th century.



In 1912, Col. John Francis BURN-MURDOCH of the Royal Dragoons resided in the manor house here. He would die in January, 1931, with the rank of Major-General and be buried in the churchyard.


Military History

  • There is a brass and bronze War Memorial plaque inside St. James church. It is inscribed:
  • In April 1944, a British Wellington bomber crashed in Normanton on Soar in the playing fields. All four crew members perished.

Military Records

For a photograph of the War Memorial plaque, see the Nottingham County Council site.

These are the names listed on War Memorial plaques in St. James church:

  1. Samuel Ernest BURLEY, 20th Btln. Australian Infantry
  2. Thomas Charles BURLEY, 1/5 Btln Leics. Regt.
  3. George CLOWES, Leics. Yeomanry
  1. Charles Archibald EVANS, KRRC
  2. Victor Henry Digby MASON, Leics. Yeomanry
  3. George Ernest ROPER, RN

Names, Geographical

The name Normanton is fairly common. It is Old English northman+tun, or "farmstead of the Northmen or Norwegian Vikings".
[A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991]


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottinghamshire and it became a Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the southern division of the ancient Rushcliffe Wapentake in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Normanton on Soar Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2014. Stop in when they are open and ask to see a copy of the schedule of forth-coming events.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Nottingham petty session hearings.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1770.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Loughborough Poor Law Union in Leicestershire.


  Year Males Females Total
1801     265
1841 226 202 428
1851 204 189 393
1861 178 182 360
1871 152 174 326
1881 155 167 322
1891 164 175 339
1901 161 178 339

(Data supplied by Lesley DONALD)



  • A Board School was erected here in 1876. A Public Elementary School for 60 children was built that same year.