Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for BARROW-UPON-SOAR

BARROW-UPON-SOAR, a village, a township, a parish, a subdistrict, and a district, in Leicester. The village stands on the river Soar, and on the Midland railway, 3 miles SE of Loughborough; and it has a station, of the name of Barrow, on the railway, and a post office, of the same name, under Loughborough. It is inhabited principally by gentry, farmers, labourers, and quarrymen, together with workers in lace and hosiery; and it has long been noted for a hard blue limestone which contains interesting fossils, and makes an esteemed cement under water.-The township includes the village, and comprises 2,510 acres. Pop., 1,800. Houses, 404.—The parish includes also the townships of Mountsorrel-North-End and Quorndon, the liberty of Beanmanor, the chapelry of Woodhouse, and the hamlets of Woodhouse-Eaves and Maplewell. Acres, 9,160. Real property, £8,182. Pop., 5,621. Houses, 1,281. The manor was known to the Saxons as Barwe, and belonged to Hugh Lupus. The property is now much subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £326.* Patron, St. John's College, Cambridge. The church is partly old,-was partly rebuilt in 1862. The vicarages of Mountsorrel-North-End, Quorndon, and Woodhouse are separate charges. There are chapels for Baptists, Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and Roman Catholics. Perkins' grammar school has an endowed income of £110; Babington's alms-houses, £475; Beveridge's benefactions, for certain religious ends, £224; and other charities £170. Bishop Beveridge, who died in 1708, was a native.

The subdistrict comprises Barrow-upon-Soar township, and the parishes of Walton-on-the-Wolds, Seagrave, Thrussington, Ratcliffe-on-the-Wreak, Cossington, and Sileby. Acres, 13,521. Pop., 5,144. Houses, 1,169. The district comprehends also the subdistrict of Quorndon, containing the parish of Swithland, the extra-parochial tract of Ulverscroft, and parts of the parishes of Rothley and Barrow-upon-Soar; the subdistrict of Rothley, containing the parishes of Wanlip, Thurcaston, and Newton-Linford, the extra-parochial tracts of Rothley-Temple, Broadgate, Anstey-Pastures, Beaumont-Leys, Sherman's-Grounds, Gilroes, and Leicester-Abbey, and parts of the parishes of Rothley and Belgrave; and the subdistrict of Syston, containing the parishes of Syston, Rearsby, Queeniborough, South Croxton, Beeby, and Barkby, and part of the parish of Belgrave. Acres, 47,868. Poor rates in 1866, £11,830.-Pop. in 1861, 19,778. Houses, 4,460. Marriages in 1866, 127; births, 712,-of which 49 were illegitimate; deaths, 398,-of which 150 were at ages under 5 years, and 13 at ages above 85 years. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1,428; births, 6,494; deaths, 4,316. The places of worship in 1851 were 27 of the Church of England, with 7,864 sittings; 14 of Baptists, with 2,209 s.; 17 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 2,551 s.; 14 of Primitive Methodists, with 2,121 s.; 3 of the Wesleyan Association, with 405 s.; 2 of Latter Day Saints, with 120s.; and 2 of Roman Catholics, with 204 s. The schools were 28 public day schools, with 1,774 scholars; 44 private day schools, with 927 s.; 58 Sunday schools, with 3,968 s.; and 4 evening schools for adults, with 131 s. The workhouse is in Rothley township, and was built at a cost of £6,400.


(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a village, a township, a parish, a subdistrict, and a district"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Barrow upon Soar CP/Tn/AP       Barrow upon Soar SubD       Barrow upon Soar PLU/RegD       Leicestershire AncC
Place names: BARROW UPON SOAR     |     BARWE
Place: Barrow upon Soar

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