Charnwood  Leicestershire


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

CHARNWOOD-FOREST, a bare hilly tract, about 20 miles in circuit, in the NE of Leicester; near Charley, 5 miles SW of Loughborough. It was disforested after the Conquest. It consists chiefly of trap rocks; but includes slate, freestone, and coal, Its highest ground is Bardon hill; which has an altitude of 853 feet, and commands a very extensive view. ...

Charley hermitage and Ulvescroft priory were within it; and a monastery of St. Bernard was built in it, near Bardon hill, in 1845, and has a chapel, a chapter house, and cloisters in the early English style. The three vicarages of Oaks, CoptOaks, and Woodhouse-Eaves are in it; and will be separately noticed. The property of it is in six manors, belonging to different owners.

Charnwood through time

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How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 24th April 2024

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