Stanford on Soar

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Stanford on Soar
Main Street, Stanford on Soar - - 551176.jpg
Main Street in Stanford on Soar
Location: 52°47’39"N, 1°11’44"W
Population: 128  (2011)
Post town: Loughborough
Postcode: LE12
Dialling code: 01509
Local Government
Council: Rushcliffe

Stanford on Soar is a village and parish in the Rushcliffe wapentake of Nottinghamshire near the River Soar. Stanford on Soar is the most southerly village in the county, although the parish of Willoughby on the Wolds extends further south.



Stanford on Soar is located located near the River Soar just on the Nottinghamshire side of the Nottinghamshire/Leicestershire border. It is around a mile north of Loughborough in Leicestershire. Other nearby places are Normanton on Soar and Cotes.

White's Directory of Nottinghamshire, written in 1853, describes Stanford as follows:[1]
Stanford-On-Soar is a small, picturesque village and parish, one and a half miles north of Loughborough, at the point where the River Soar enters Leicestershire. It has about 140 inhabitants and 1,520 acres of land, all belonging to the Rev. Samuel Dashwood, who is both patron and incumbent of the rectory, and resides in the Hall, a modern mansion, which stands on a commanding eminence, and is surrounded by a beautifully wooded park of considerable extent. The tithes were commuted in 1842 for £420, exclusive of 13 acres of ancient glebe.
John Throsby, writing during 1790 in his new edition of Robert Thoroton's Antiquities of Nottinghamshire, describes Stanford as follows:[2]
Which is over the river Soar, and parts Leicestershire from Nottinghamshire, is pleasing: The banks of the river, on the Nottingham side, are adorned with trees, set too regular, if on a plain, to strike the eye of taste; but the line of the eminence being irregular, diversifies the studied formality of the planter, and creates beauty, towards which the stream below, contributes not a little.
The Church, which is beautifully embowered with trees, has 3 bells (see plate page 13, fig. 1.) a nave and two side aisles, neatly pewed. The Chancel is large.


The population of the civil parish was 128 at the 2011 census.[3] The civil parish contains 48 households.[4]


Listed Buildings

Church of St John the Baptist

Church of St John the Baptist

The Church of St John the Baptist is a Grade-I listed church located in the centre of the village.[5] The church began in the 13th century and underwent a significant restoration in 1893. It is within the Anglican Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham and is the most southerly parish in the Province of York.[6] It also forms part of a joint Benefice with the neighbouring parishes of Costock, East Leake, West Leake and Rempstone.

Stanford Hall

Main article: Stanford Hall, Nottinghamshire

Stanford Hall is a Grade-II* listed country house located in the north of the parish.

As of 2018 it was being developed into The Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC).[7] The three year construction process began on 24th August 2015 and is scheduled to be completed in 2018 when it will be handed over to the Ministry of Defence.[8]

Other listed buildings

In addition to the Church of St John the Baptist (Grade I) and Stanford Hall (Grade II*) there are thirteen other listed structures in Stanford, all Grade-II listed.[5]

Excluding Stanford Hall (Grade II*) there are six further listed buildings within the grounds (all Grade-II listed): Pavilion in the Gardens of Stanford Hall; Sea Lion Pool, Penguin Pool and Urns in the Gardens of Stanford Hall; Swimming Pool at Stanford Hall; Tennis Pavilion in Grounds of Stanford Hall; The Game House; and the Walled Garden at Stanford Hall.[5]

Excluding the Church of St John the Baptist (Grade I) there are five further listed buildings near the village centre: 2, 3, 4 and 5, Main Street; 6, 7, 8 and 9, Main Street; Barn at Village Farm Attached to Farmhouse; Lychgate to Churchyard of Church of St John the Baptist; Stanford Bridge; Threshing Barn at Village Farm; and Village Farmhouse Incorporating Post Office.[5]

Other heritage

Close to the church there is a viaduct (Stanford Viaduct) over the River Soar carrying the former Great Central Railway. This stretch of line runs from the Midland Main Line at Loughborough South Junction to Ruddington and carries freight trains to the British Gypsum works at East Leake as well as heritage steam and diesel trains. There are proposals to build a railway bridge over the Midland Main Line, known as Loughborough Gap, at the east end of Loughborough Station to reconnect this stretch with the remaining preserved Great Central Railway running from Loughborough Central railway station to Leicester North. There is no rail station in the village, however Loughborough railway station on the Midland Main Line is around two miles away and provides a range of National Rail services.



Stanford on Soar benefits from three bus services: 1 Nottingham to Loughborough, 3 Ratcliffe on Soar to Loughborough and 4 Ratcliffe on Soar to Loughborough.[9] On weekdays the 1 Nottingham to Loughborough bus service calls around every half-hour early morning until late evening.[10]


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  1. GENUKI. "Genuki: Stanford on Soar, Nottinghamshire" (in en). Retrieved 2018-04-07. 
  2. "Nottinghamshire: Rushcliffe hundred | British History Online" (in en). Retrieved 2018-04-07. 
  3. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  4. Services, Good Stuff IT. "Stanford E00144767 - UK Census Data 2011". Retrieved 2018-04-07. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Stuff, Good. "Listed Buildings in Stanford on Soar, Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire". Retrieved 2018-04-07. 
  6. Southwell and Nottingham Church History Project Stanford on Soar
  7. "DNRC | Repairing our seriously wounded" (in en). Retrieved 2018-04-08. 
  8. "DNRC | Repairing our seriously wounded" (in en).'re-building-the-defence-facility/whats-happening-on-site.aspx. Retrieved 2018-04-08. 
  9. "Stanford on Soar, opp Church – Bus Times" (in en-GB). Retrieved 2018-04-07. 
  10. "1 - Navy Line - Nottingham - Clifton - East Leake - Loughborough – Nottingham City Transport – Bus Times" (in en-GB). Retrieved 2018-04-07.