Braunston or Bravenston, a parish in Rutland, on the river Gwash, 2½ miles SW of Oakham station on the M.R. It has a post office under Oakham, which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 1577; population, 350. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough; net yearly value, £250 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln. The church is an ancient Gothic building of stone, and there are also Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Braunston All Saints|
|Hundred||Soke of Oakham|
|Poor Law union||Oakham|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register dates from the year 1558.
Findmypast, in association with the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, have the following parish records online for Braunstone:
Church of England
All Saints (parish church)
The church of All Saints is a building of stone of the 13th century, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and a western tower, containing a clock, and 4 bells: the porch has a fine Norman doorway: in the south aisle are some brasses of the Cheseldyn family, dated 1596 and 1642; at the west end of the church is a stone figure of a female in a standing position: the tower was rebuilt in the early part of the 18th century: the chancel was restored in 1887-8, and the interior of the nave in 1890, at a total cost of £810.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Braunston from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Braunston, or Branston (All Saints))
- Kelly's Directory of Leicestershire and Rutland, 1928
Land and Property
A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Rutland is online.
Online maps of Braunston are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
The Visitation of Rutland, 1618-19 and The Visitation of Rutland 1681-2 are available to browse on the Heraldry page.