Place:Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire, England

NameColston Bassett
Alt namesColston-Bassetsource: Family History Library Catalogue
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.892°N 0.962°W
Located inNottinghamshire, England
See alsoBingham Wapentake, Nottinghamshire, EnglandWapentake in which the place was located
Bingham Rural, Nottinghamshire, Englandrural district 1894-1974
Rushcliffe District, Nottinghamshire, Englanddistrict covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Colston Bassett is a small village in the Vale of Belvoir in the southeast of Nottinghamshire close to its border with Leicestershire. Lying on the River Smite, it had a population in 2001 of 225, including Wiverton Hall. The population had increased to 399 by the 2011 UK census.

The village dairy opened in 1913, and is one of only five that are permitted to make Stilton cheese. It also manufactures smaller quantities of white Stilton and Shropshire Blue.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Colston Bassett from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"COLSTON-BASSET, a parish in Bingham district, Notts; on the river Smite, adjacent to the Grantham canal, 4½ miles S of Bingham [railway] station, and 10 SE by E of Nottingham. It has a post office under Nottingham. Acres: 2,391. Real property: £3,934. Population: 297. Houses: 60. The property is all in one estate. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lincoln. Value: £270. Patron: the Lord Chancellor. The church is cruciform, and was recently repaired. There are [Primitive] Methodist and [Roman] Catholic chapels, and a free school."

The parish of Car Colston, while still formerly in Bingham Rural District, is several miles north of Colston Bassett.

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