Foxton....a history

The Parish of Foxton, Leicestershire dates back to settlements established 1,000 years ago.

The village has changed through the centuries and particularly with the advent of the canal system, Foxton Locks and Inclined Plane, and the start of the Industrial Revolution in the UK.

As we discover more about the settlement and its history, we add to this page.

Updates Feb - Apr 2020:

  • A comprehensive history of the village, manors, economy, mills, Parish administration, nonconformity, schools & charities
  • More on St Andrews Church
  • More on Softwell Lane & water pump (nature reserve)
  • More insight on the orchards which preceded much of the residential development in Foxton

Updates Spring & Summer 2020:

Local historian Carl Bedford kindly released much of the work he had previously carried out for varying projects and initiatives in the village. Thanks to Carl, we now have much more information about the origins of street names, notable properties, some of Foxton's respected families, fascinating insights into the canals and industry - and a good record of pubs and publicans!

Updates early Autumn 2020:

Further documents from Carl are added. The Foxton Heritage Project and related documents are added.

Updates November 2020:

Carl Bedford provides a comprehensive overview of the Baptist Chapel history from his own notes and adaptations of some of Derek Lewin's articles, along with listings of grave stones from the Chapel Cemetery.

Village history in depth

  • A comprehensive history of Foxton, Leicestershire (Word Document, 147 Kb)

    Extensive documentation relating to the history of Foxton, Leicestershire, covering Manors, Economic History, Mills, Parish Administration, St Andrews Church, Nonconformity, Schools and Charities.

  • Guide to St Andrews Church, Foxton (PDF, 547 Kb)

    With kind permission of the PCC, the guide book which is on sale in the church is also available for download on the Parish Council website. We are not charging for this, however, if you download a copy it would be great if you could make a small donation when you're next in the church.

  • The history of Foxton's street names (Word Document, 21 Kb)

    Foxton historian Carl Bedford provides some fascinating insights.

Village-owned public spaces

Historic maps of the village

This fascinating plan from 1940 (courtesy of Carl Bedford) shows the sites of over 30 wells and pumps in Foxton at that time. In fact, it was noted that the streets in Foxton fairly closely follow the lines of spring water discovered by our ancestors. Some residents recall a time when natural spring water trickled down each of the three 'main streets' of Foxton around this time. Have you got a well or pump in your garden?!

Schools, education & pastimes

The Canals

Early Foxton businesses

The brickyard at Foxton, from around 1904.

Notable people & families of Foxton

  • Notable Families of Foxton (Word Document, 55 Kb)

    Lewin, French, Sturgess, Maddock, Tebbutt, Smiths, Monk, Goodman, Bent, Stain, Dalby, Chapman, Pickering, Moore, Saddington. Foxton historian Carl Bedford provides some fascinating insights.

  • The Vicarage and its occupants (Word Document, 16 Kb)

    Foxton historian Carl Bedford provides some fascinating insights.

Notable properties in Foxton

Foxton Heritage Project

  • Foxton Heritage Project (PDF, 429 Kb)

    This research document helps put dates to residential dwellings in the village of Foxton.

    The village has existed for well over 1000 years with the oldest building St Andrew's church (originally built around 1200). The settlement developed in the 11th Century and remained primarily an agricultural village up to the end of the 18th Century (see the 'Foxton Pride' orchards documents) at the advent of the Industrial Revolution.

    Please note: for context, readers should view this document along with the others on this page relating to socio/economic trends, orchards & railways.

Village economic & social structure

Railways

Village orchards

Orchard plantations preceded much of the residential development in Foxton. This map from 1880 shows their locations.

Orchard plantations preceded much of the residential development in Foxton. This map from 1880 shows their 1880 locations, overlaid onto a modern aerial view of the village.