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Branston, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Branston, Branstone, or Braunston, a parish in Leicestershire, 4¼ miles SE from Harby and Stathern station on the G.N. and L. & N.W. Joint railways, and 8 NNE of Melton-Mowbray. It has a post office under Grantham; money order and telegraph office, Knipton. Acreage, 1837; population, 257. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; net value, £266 with residence. Patron, the Duke of Rutland. The church is a building of stone partly in the Perpendicular style.

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 parishBranston St. Guthlake 
Poor Law unionMelton-Mowbray 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1591.

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



Church of England

St. Guthlac (parish church)

The church of St. Guthlac is a building of stone, partly in the Perpendicular style, and consists of chancel, clerestoried nave of three bays, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower with pinnacles and a crocketed spire, and containing 3 bells, dated respectively 1623, 1622 and 1738, in the chancel floor is an incised slab to John Jacthyn, a former rector, ob. 6 July, 1460: the church was reseated in 1840; in 1872 a new porch was built and the south aisle restored, and in 1880 an organ chamber was erected and a new organ presented by James Henry Murray in memory of his wife, daughter of a former rector: in 1895 the east window in the chancel was filled with stained glass and a reredos erected as a memorial to J. H. Murray, ob, July 21, 1894: in 1897 the roof was renewed and chancel re-arranged and repaved with tiles, the nave partly reseated, at a cost of over £1,000: there are 150 sittings, all 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 Branston 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:

RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtNG32
Post TownGrantham