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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Foston St. Bartholomew|
|Poor Law union||Blaby|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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.
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:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Foston (St. Bartholomew))
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:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Leicestershire newspapers online: