Barrow upon Soar

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Bridge over the River Soar next to the Navigation
Barrow upon Soar parish church
Interior view of the church of the Holy Trinity
The "Barrow Kipper" plesiosaur skeleton at the New Walk Museum
Reredos in the parish church by Nathaniel Hitch

Barrow upon Soar is a large village in northern Leicestershire, in the Soar Valley between Leicester and Loughborough, with a population at the 2011 census of 5,856.[1]


Barrow lies on the east bank of the River Soar, where the river is joined by the Fishpool Brook, and is near the A6 Road from Quorn. The village lies on the Midland Main Line, and Ivanhoe Line trains stop at the Barrow-upon-Soar railway station. The Mountsorrel Railway, carrying granite from the Mountsorrel quarries, used to run to here; the line from Mountsorrel is still followed by a mineral conveyor to Barrow, where quarry rock is sorted for distribution. British Gypsum has a plant at Barrow, and the parish is adjacent to the Swithland Reservoir.

Barrow upon Soar is part of the local government district of Charnwood.


White's History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland (1877) says

Barrow-upon-Soar is a parish and large village, which gives its name to a Poor Law Union district, and a county court district. It has for ages been celebrated for its excellent limestone, and is pleasantly situated on the east side of the navigable River Soar, and on both sides of the Midland Railway on which it has a station 2 miles N. of Mount Sorrel, 3 miles S.E. of Loughborough, and 9 miles N. of Leicester. Barrow township comprises about 2510 acres of land and had 1099 inhabitants in 1801, 1638 in 1831, 1800 in 1861, and 1973 in 1871, the increase of the last ten years being 'attributed to the opening of the limeworks.' It is in East Goscote Hundred, but its parish comprises also the townships of Mount Sorrel North-end, Quorndon, and Woodhouse, all of which are in West Goscote Hundred. The area of the whole parish is about 9160 acres, and it had 5857 inhabitants in 1871.[2]

The village is famous for a plesiosaur which was excavated here in 1851, of the species Atychodracon megacephalus, nicknamed the "Barrow Kipper". The plesiosaur was found in a lime pit outside the village, and at the centre of the village is a roundabout with a sign which pictures its skeleton. The skeleton is now on display at the New Walk Museum in Leicester, with a full-size replica at Charnwood Museum in Loughborough. The village's football club has the skeleton on its badge.


Barrow upon Soar is twinned with Marans, Charente-Maritime, in France.[3]

Notable people

In chronological order


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 11 October 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  2. ^ White's "History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland" (3rd Edition, 1877)
  3. ^ "Leicestershire County Council - Serving the people of Leicestershire". Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  4. ^ Nichols, History of Leicestershire, vol. 3, part 1, pp. 77–78
  5. ^  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGarnett, Richard (1891). "Heathcote, Ralph". In Stephen, Leslie; Lee, Sidney (eds.). Dictionary of National Biography. 25. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  6. ^ "Bradshaw, John (BRDW829J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  7. ^ "Obituary - Lieutenant-General Edward Chippindall" in The Times dated Thursday 18 September 1902, issue=36876, p. 7
  8. ^ J. A. Venn, "Gwatkin, Henry Melvill" in Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, Vol. 3 (1947), p. 179
  9. ^ J. A. Venn, "Newham, Frank Darvall", in Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, vol. 4 (1947)
  10. ^ "Wright Harold" in Register of Births for Barrow upon Soar Registration District, vol. 7a (1884), p. 161
  11. ^ John Curtis at CricketArchive
  12. ^ "Gimson Franklin Charles" in Register of Births for Barrow upon Soar Registration District, vol. 7a (1890), p. 144
  13. ^ "Matts Alfred Shipley" in Register of Births for Barrow upon Soar Registration District, vol. 7a (1893), p. 161
  14. ^ McKie, David (7 January 2018). "Peter Preston obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 January 2018 – via
  15. ^ "SCHEPENS Martin / MARTIN" in Register of Births for Leicester Central vol 3a (1955), p. 608

External links

  • Community website
  • Barrow Voice
  • Barrow Heritage
  • Barrow Signpost
  • Barrow [-upon-Soar] in the Domesday Book

Coordinates: 52°45′06″N 1°09′00″W / 52.75167°N 1.15000°W / 52.75167; -1.15000

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