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Croft, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Croft, a village and a parish in Leicestershire, near the Fosse Way and on the river Soar, 5½ miles ENE from Hinckley, and about 8 miles from Leicester, with a station on the L. & N.W.R., and a post office under Leicester; money order and telegraph office, Stony Stanton or Narborough. Acreage, 897; population of the civil parish, 661; of the ecclesiastical, 673. Croft Hall, the seat of the Brookes family, is a chief residence. There is a large syenite rock quarry here, and bricks and concrete are made. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; gross yearly value, £450. The church is a building of syenite rock in the Decorated and Early English styles.

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 CountyLeicestershire 
HundredSparkenhoe 
Poor Law unionBlaby 

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


Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1586, and is in fair condition.

A fully searchable database containing a transcript of the Marriages at Croft, Leicestershire 1548-1837.

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

BaptismsBannsMarriagesBurials
1586-19161754-19401583-19311583-1919

Churches

Church of England

St. Michael (parish church)

The church of St. Michael is a building of syenite rock in the Decorated, and Early English styles: the nave and chancel were rebuilt in 1879, at a cost of £3,808, when a window of the ancient church was rebuilt into the north transept: it now consists of chancel, south porch, nave, transepts and an embattled western tower of the 14th century, containing a clock and 6 bells; there are 260 sittings: in the churchyard is a stone coffin, found there in 1866.


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 Croft 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 Croft 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:

DistrictBlaby
CountyLeicestershire
RegionEast Midlands
CountryEngland
Postal districtLE9
Post TownLeicester