In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Narborough like this:
NARBOROUGH, a village, a township, and a parish in Blaby district, Leicestershire. The village stands on the river Soar, and on the Fosse way, near the Leicester and Nuneaton railway, 5½ miles S W by S of Leicester; is a considerable place; and has a station on the railway, and a post-office‡ under Leicester. The township includes the village, and extends into the country. Real property, £5, 252. Pop. in 1851, 842; in 1861, 716. Houses, 154. The decrease of pop. was caused partly by the discontinuance of a boarding-school. ...
The parish contains also the hamlet of Huncote, and comprises 2, 657 acres. Real property, £8, 220; of which £150 are in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 1, 283; in 1861, 1, 156. Houses, 249. The property is much subdivided.. The manor of Narborough belongs to T. Pares, Esq.; and that of Huncote, to the Earl of Stamford. Narborough Hall is the seat of W. Orton, Esq. A royal palace oncestood at Huncote. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £690.* Patron, T. Pares, Esq. The church is ancient, and in tolerable condition; has a Norman door-way, and a massive tower; and containstwo sedilia and a piscina. A chapel of ease was formerly in Huncote. Chapels for Independents are in Narborough and Huncote. Charities, £8.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Narborough has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Blaby. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Narborough and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Narborough, in Blaby and Leicestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th May 2013
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