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Foston, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Foston, a parish in Leicestershire, on a branch of the Soar, 2 miles ESE of Countesthorpe station on the M.R., and 6¼ SSE of Leicester. Post town, Leicester: money order office, Countestborpe; telegraph office. South Wigston. Acreage, 1333; population, 56. The living is a, rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; gross yearly value, £240 with residence. Patron, Lord Wantage. The church, an ancient Norman building of stone, was restored in 1874.

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 parishFoston St. Bartholomew 
Poor Law unionBlaby 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1690.

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



Church of England

St. Bartholomew (parish church)

The church of St. Bartholomew is an ancient Norman edifice of stone, consisting of nave, north aisle, south porch and a western tower with pinnacles, containing one bell: in the aisle is a handsome monument of the 17th century, to Henry Faunt and his wife: the church plate dates from 1781: the church was thoroughly restored in 1874, and affords 70 sittings, of which 25 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 Foston 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 Foston 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 districtLE8
Post TownLeicester