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Birstall or Burstall, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Birstall or Burstall, a village, a township, and a parish in Leicestershire, on the river Soar, 3 miles SW from Syston station on the M.R., and 3½ N by E of Leicester, under which there is a post office; money order and telegraph office, Belgrave. Acreage, 1169; population, 566. Birstall House is a country seat standing in a park of 80 acres. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Belgrave in the diocese of Peterborough; joint net yearly value, £235, in the gift of the Bishop of Peterborough. The church was for the most part rebuilt in 1869. There is a Wesleyan chapel built in 1869.

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 
Civil parishBelgrave 
HundredWest Goscote 
Poor Law unionBarrow-Upon-Soar 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1574.

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



Church of England

St. James (parish church)

The church of St. James, a structure of rubble dating from the Early English period, consists of chancel, nave, north aisle and an embattled western tower containing 5 bells, dated 1625, and a modern peal and clock: a Saxon window, with a portion of the original lattice, was discovered during the restoration, and has been carefully preserved: the stained east window is a memorial to the Rev. Richard Stephens B.D. vicar of Belgrave, to which the chapelry was formerly attached, from 1824; there are other memorial windows: the church was restored and partly rebuilt in 1869 under the direction of Sir George Gilbert Scott R.A., and affords 200 sittings, all of which are free.

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 Birstall or Burstall from the following:

Land and Property

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

Newspapers and Periodicals

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