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Barkby, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Barkby, a township and a parish in Leicestershire. The township lies on an affluent of the river Wreak, 1½ mile S by E of Syston station on the M.R., and 4½ miles NE of Leicester, and it includes the hamlet of Hambleton. The parish contains also the hamlet of Barkby-Thorpe. It has a post office under Leicester; money order and telegraph office, Syston. Acreage, 2299; population of the civil parish, 631; of the ecclesiastical, 690. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough; gross value, £127 with residence. The church is large and was built in 1350. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels.

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


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

Ancient CountyLeicestershire 
Ecclesiastical parishBarkby St. Mary 
HundredEast Goscote 
Poor Law unionBarrow-upon-Soar 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1539.

We have transcribed Phillimore Marriages volume 2, which includes Barkby 1586-1812

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



Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is a large edifice, in the Early English style of the 14th century, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and a western tower with lofty spire, containing 5 bells and a clock, provided in 1898, at a cost of about £90: there is a memorial window to Maj.-Gen. Johnstone and Rebecca his wife, dated 1857, and numerous tablets to the Pochin family: the church has been restored and a new pulpit and chancel screen erected: the churchyard was considerably enlarged in 1887 by public subscription.

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 Barkby from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Barkby 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:

RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtLE7
Post TownLeicester