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 Framework-knitting was formerly carried on to a large extent, but has now been largely superseded by machinery.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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Syston St. Peter|
|Poor Law union||Barrow-upon-Soar|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Findmypast, in association with the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, have the following parish records online for Syston:
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Syston from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Syston (St. Peter))
Land and Property
A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Leicestershire is online.
Online maps of Syston 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: