Place:Ravenstone with Snibston, Leicestershire, England

NameRavenstone with Snibston
Alt namesRavenstone
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates52.72°N 1.406°W
Located inLeicestershire, England
Also located inDerbyshire, England     ( - 1897)
See alsoWest Goscote Hundred, Leicestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was included
Ashby-de-la-Zouch Rural, Leicestershire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
North West Leicestershire District, Leicestershire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Ravenstone is a small rural cluster village with a population of 2149, situated just off the A511 road between Coalville and Ashby-de-la-Zouch, in the North West Leicestershire District of Leicestershire, and within the National Forest.

Snibston, part of the civil parish and a separate ecclesiastical parish, is home to St. Mary's church, one of the smallest churches in Britain, which holds only about 30 people. Snibston was originally within the neighbouring parish of Packington but was transferred to Ravenstone when the county border between Leicestershire and Derbyshire was formally established in 1897. This quotation is provided to show how Ravenstone was on the border between the two counties in the latter part of the 19th century.

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

"RAVENSTONE, a village in Leicester, and a parish partly also in Derby, but all in the [registration] district of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The village stands 2 miles W of Coalville [railway] station, and 4 S E of Ashby-de-la-Zouch; and has a post-office under Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The parish comprises 550 acres in Leicester, and 580 in Derby. Real property: £2,520. Population: 248 and 144. Houses: 54 and 55. The property is divided among a few. The manor, with [Ravenstone] Hall, belongs to L. Fosbrooke, Esq. [Ravenstone] House is the residence of the Rev. R. G. Cresswell. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield. Value: £320. Patron: the Lord Chancellor. The church is early English, in good condition; and has a tower and spire. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a national school, and an alms-house-hospital for 36 women."

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