Ratcliffe on the Wreake  Leicestershire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Ratcliffe on the Wreake like this:

RATCLIFFE-ON-THE-WREAK, a village and a parish in Barrow-upon-Soar district, Leicestershire. The village stands on the Fosse way and on the river Wreak, 2 miles N by E of Syston r. station, and 7 N N E of Leicester; and has a post-office under Leicester. The parish comprises 880 acres. Real property, £1, 677. ...

Pop., 126. Houses, 28. The manor belongs to the Duchess of Sforza. R. Hall is the residence of J. D. Harris, Esq. Shipley Hill is a barrow 40 feet high, and 350 feet in diameter. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £239.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is ancient, with a moderntower and spire; and was repaired in 1 859. Ratcliffecollege stands on a hill to the W of the village; is a Roman Catholic establishment; was founded in 1844, after designs by Pugin; was subsequently enlarged; and now forms a hollow quadrangle. There are a national school, and charities £10.

Ratcliffe on the Wreake through time

Ratcliffe on the Wreake is now part of Charnwood district. Click here for graphs and data of how Charnwood has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Ratcliffe on the Wreake itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ratcliffe on the Wreake, in Charnwood and Leicestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 23rd May 2022

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