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Syston, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Syston, a village and a parish in Leicestershire. Th& village stands at a forking of the Midland railway system, near the river Wreak, 5 miles NNE of Leicester. Framework-knitting was formerly carried on to a large extent, but has now been largely superseded by machinery. There are some boot factories. Syston has a station on the railway, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Leicester. The parish comprises 1869 acres; population, 2582. There is a parish council consisting of ten members. Gypsum is found, and formerly was much worked. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough; net value, £251 with residence. Patron, the University of Oxford. The church is a large building of granite rubble in the Perpendicular style, and there are Baptist, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan chapels.

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 parishSyston St. Peter 
Poor Law unionBarrow-upon-Soar 

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

Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Syston from the following:

Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtLE7
Post TownLeicester