Foxton, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Foxton, a village and a parish in Leicestershire, on the Union Canal, 2 miles NE from Lubbenham station on the L. & N.W.R., and 3 NW of Market Harborough. Post and money order office under Market Harborough; telegraph office, Lubbenharo. Acreage, 1893; population, 284. The surface is hilly and well wooded, and the soil is clayey. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough; net yearly value, £142 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is an ancient building of stone in the Early English style. There is also a small Baptist chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Administration

The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Leicestershire
Ecclesiastical parish Foxton St. Andrew
Hundred Gartree
Poor Law union Harborough

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.


Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1653 and is in geod condition.

Findmypast, in association with the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, have the following parish records online for Foxton:

BaptismsBannsMarriagesBurials
1660-19101653-19401658-19311653-1980

Churches

Church of England

St. Andrew (parish church)

The existing church of St. Andrew, standing on a height, is an ancient building of stone, in the Early English and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, north and south porches and an embattled western tower, containing a clock and 5 bells, dated 1630; the bells were recast and a sixth added in memory of the Rev. Thomas Widdowson in 1912 at a cost of over £200: the chancel retains a piscina: the massive square Norman font, about 5 feet in height, is ornamented on the exterior with intersecting Norman arches: on the walls of the south aisle are traces of beautiful fresco work: there is a marble tablet, erected in 1920, bearing the names of those of the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18: in 1893 the church was thoroughly restored at a cost of £2,300, under the direction of Mr. H. Hardwicke Langston A.R.I.B.A. of London, the chancel being separately repaired by Mr. Robert Halifax Hansell, the lay rector: there are 350 sittings.


Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.


Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Foxton from the following:


Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Leicestershire is online.


Maps

Online maps of Foxton are available from a number of sites:


Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Leicestershire newspapers online:

DistrictHarborough
CountyLeicestershire
RegionEast Midlands
CountryEngland
Postal districtLE16
Post TownMarket Harborough