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Ravenstone with Snibstone, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Ravenstone-with-Snibstone, a village and a parish in Leicestershire. The village stands 1 mile S from Swannington station on the Leicester and Burton branch of the M.R., and 3½ miles SE of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, and has a post office under Ashby-de-la-Zouch; money order and telegraph office, Coalville. The parish comprises 2413 acres; population of the civil parish, 1277; of the ecclesiastical parish of Ravenstone, 470. The manor, with Ravenstone Hall, belongs to the Fosbrooke family. Ravenstone House is a chief residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Southwell; net value, £310 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is a building of stone in the Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave, S aisle, S porch, and an embattled western tower and spire. There are a Wesleyan chapel and a large hospital or almshouse, originally founded and endowed about 1711 and enlarged in 1784 and 1860, for poor women, of whom it now accommodates about twenty-five. Snibstone is a hamlet about a mile eastward of Ravenstone, to which it was attached for civil purposes in 1884. It has an area of about 750 acres, and is 1½ mile S from Coalville station on the Leicester and Burton branch of the M.R. Post town, Ashby-de-la-Zouch; money order and telegraph office, Coalville. There are extensive collieries belonging to the Snibstone Colliery Co. The living is a chapelry, annexed to the vicarage of Packington, in the diocese of Peterborough. The chapel of ease is a very small but ancient building of stone consisting of nave only. It has a stained E window and an ancient font.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Church Records

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

BaptismsBannsMarriagesBurials
1657-19161754-19391706-19311705-1974

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.


Land and Property

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


Newspapers and Periodicals

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