Normanton on Soar

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Normanton on Soar
Old post office normanton.jpg
The Old Post Office
Normanton on Soar is located in Nottinghamshire
Normanton on Soar
Normanton on Soar
Normanton on Soar shown within Nottinghamshire
Population 448 (2011)
OS grid reference SK520228
• London 117 miles / 188 km
Civil parish
  • Normanton on Soar
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LE12
Dialling code 01509
Police Nottinghamshire
Fire Nottinghamshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
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52°48′12″N 1°14′06″W / 52.8034°N 1.235°W / 52.8034; -1.235Coordinates: 52°48′12″N 1°14′06″W / 52.8034°N 1.235°W / 52.8034; -1.235

Normanton on Soar (/ˈnɔːrməntən ən ˈsɔːr/), formerly known as Normanton-upon-Soar and known locally as Normanton, is a village and civil parish in the south of Nottinghamshire in England near the River Soar.



The ancient parish of Normanton on Soar occupies 1,449 acres about 13 miles south-west of Nottingham. Nearby villages include Zouch, Sutton Bonington, and Stanford on Soar. The post town for Normanton is Loughborough leading to the confusion of being in Nottinghamshire but with a Leicestershire post code.

Normanton on Soar is situated in the Soar Valley (previously also known as the 'vale of the Soar'[1]). The Parish is mostly made up of farmland, and contains seven farms. The village is situated along the River Soar and extends uphill north-eastwards towards East Leake.

White's Directory of Nottinghamshire, written in 1853, describes Normanton such[2]:

Normanton-On-Soar is a picturesque village and parish in the vale of the Soar, 13 miles south by west of Nottingham, bounded on the south by Leicestershire and on the north by the Wolds.

John Throsby, writing during 1790 in his new edition of Robert Thoroton's Antiquities of Nottinghamshire, recalls his account when surveying Normanton[3]:

Shenstone [s]ung while I was viewing the [s]urrounding beauties.

'How [s]weetly [s]miled the Hill, the Vale,

'And all the Land[s]cape round!

'The River gliding down the Dale,

'The Hill with Beeches crown'd!


The 1881 census reported that the village had 322 inhabitants.[4] The village is now home to between 450 and 500 inhabitants. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 448.[5]

Lordship of the manor[edit]

The Lordship of the Manor of Normanton on Soar is currently held since 1995 by John and Enid Burnett as Lord and Lady of the Manor of Normanton on Soar.[6] The Official History Project of everything to do with the Parish is conducted under the direction of the Lord and Lady and the High Steward Ivan J Manning QStJ Esq.[6]


Normanton appears several times in the Domesday survey of 1086 as Normantune and Normantun.[7] The name, Normanton, derives from the Anglo-Saxon 'Northman's Tun' meaning Northman's Farm.[8] It is believed to be first used sometime between AD 870 and 940.[8]


Listed buildings[edit]

Normanton on Soar has a Grade I Listed Church along with four Grade II listed buildings, all on Main Street: The Old Post Office (75 Main Street), Dovecote at Rangraak, Home Farmhouse and Ivy Cottage.[9]

A view of St. James' Church from a nearby field.

The medieval Grade I Listed church, Church of St. James, was built in the 13th century.[10] Located in the south of the village, on Main Street, it is situated on the east bank of the River Soar. The church is one of only two churches in Nottinghamshire to have a central tower crowned with a spire[11] (the other being the Church of St. John in Whatton); although the Chapel of St. Mary at Clumber Park also has a central tower with a spire. The C.15th century timber roof[10] was noted for being of “excellent design” in 1910.[12] Also of note are the royal coat-of-arms of Charles II, dated 1683, which sit above the chancel arch. In April 2014 work was completed rebuilding and re-pointing the spire.[13] Within the Church there is a bronze war memorial dedicated to the lives of villagers lost in World War One.[14] The priest in charge also serves the neighbouring parish of Sutton Bonington.[15] There are regular weekly services, with the village choir attending on the first Sunday of each month.[16] The Church is kept open for the public during the day on Saturday and Sunday.[15]

The Old Post Office, on Main Street, is a Grade II listed thatched cruck cottage dating from 1454.[17] It is the oldest house in Normanton and the only lived in cruck building in Nottinghamshire.[17]

Chain ferry[edit]

The Chain Ferry crossing the River Soar.

The Chain Ferry is located in the south of the village and was mentioned earliest on a map from 1771.[18] It is one of the few remaining Chain Ferries operating in the UK.[18] It is the last Chain Ferry still operating in Nottinghamshire[19] (the Hazleford Ferry, in Nottinghamshire,is an example of a ferry which is no longer in use). In 1981 responsibility for the maintenance of the Ferry was transferred from the Paget Estate to the Parish Council.[18] The Ferry was recently relaunched offering crossings between 10AM and 4:30PM every weekend during the summer (between April and September). The current fee per crossing is £1 per person and 50p per dog/bicycle. The Ferry is operated by volunteers from the village.

Other heritage[edit]

The old telephone box is now used to house a defribullator which can be accessed in case of an emergency.[20]

In June 2012 a memorial plaque was unveiled on the playing fields remembering the crash of a Wellington Bomber in the village on 19 April 1944 during a training exercise.[21] Four members of the Royal Air Force were killed.[22]

Local government and elections[edit]

Parliamentary elections[edit]

The Member of Parliament for the parliamentary constituency of Rushcliffe is Kenneth Clarke, of the Conservative party, who has held the seat since 1970.[23] Ken Clarke is standing for reelection at the 2017 General Election.[24]

Local government[edit]

The Parish of Normanton-on-Soar within the Rushcliffe Borough.

County council[edit]

For Nottinghamshire County Council elections the parish comes within the Leake & Ruddington electoral ward, which has two council seats.[25] The most recent election was in May 2017, when Andy Brown and Reg Adair, both of the Conservative party, won the two available seats.[26]

Borough council[edit]

For the election of a councillor to Rushcliffe Borough Council, the parish forms part of the Leake ward, which has three council seats. The most recent election was on 7th May 2015 when Ronald Hetherington, Margaret Males and John Thurman, all of the Conservative party, won the three available seats.[27] The next Borough election will be on 2 May 2019.[28]

Parish council[edit]

The parish council has 7 councillors.[29] Council meetings usually take place on the first Thursday of each month at the village hall.[30]


The parish fell within the ancient Rushcliffe wapentake of Nottinghamshire.[31] Before 1894 Normanton, along with the nearby villages of Sutton Bonnington, Stanford on Soar, East Leake and West Leake, was part of the Loughborough Rural Sanitary District.[32] From 1894 the parish was part of the Leake Rural District, until its abolition in 1935,[33] when the parish was then transferred to the Basford Rural District.[34] In 1974 the Basford Rural District was abolished and the non-metropolitan district of Rushcliffe was created, which Normanton became part of.


Education and schools[edit]

Within the village there is a small primary school, located on Main Street, catering for children aged between three and eleven.[35] In its most recent Ofsted report (2013) the school was rated as Good.[36]

Other amenities[edit]

Slipway sign on Soar Lane

The Village Hall, built in 2007, is located south within the village and is available for hire.[37] The community shop is run by volunteers and is located at the rear of the Village Hall.[38] The shop is open Monday to Friday and Saturday morning.[38] The Village Hall is surrounded by 5 acres of playing fields with an outdoor children’s play area. The village allotments are located behind the Village Hall.

The Soar Boating Club is a private members club which was founded in the spring of 1953.[39] In 1961 the club acquired its current position on Main Street.[39] The club has a membership of around 100 boats and holds its main annual rally over the spring bank holiday.[39]

The village has a pub, located on Main Street, called the Plough Inn.[40] The pub is positioned along the river bank and offers free moorings.[41] Next to the Plough Inn, but separate, Soar Lane offers access to a slipway for launching river craft.


The village is served by the Skylink bus service, operated by Trent Barton, which can be taken from the edge of the village on the A6006.[42] The village is also served by the volunteer-run Soar Valley Bus service which can be taken from within the village.[42] Both bus services provide regular journeys to Loughborough and Nottingham.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lowe, Alfred (1876). Black's guide to Nottinghamshire. Adam and Charles Black. pp. P.62. 
  2. ^ GENUKI. "Genuki: Normanton on Soar, Nottinghamshire". Retrieved 2017-05-26. 
  3. ^ Throsby, John (1790). The Antiquities of Nottinghamshire Vol. 1. G. Burbage. pp. P. 13. 
  4. ^ 1881 Census: Normanton on Soar.
  5. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". -Neighbourhood Statistics. -Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Home". Retrieved 2017-02-14. 
  7. ^ Powell-Smith, Anna. "Normanton [-on-Soar] | Domesday Book". Retrieved 2017-02-14. 
  8. ^ a b "Towns and Villages Around Loughborough | Normanton on Soar". Retrieved 2017-04-08. 
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  12. ^ "Nottinghamshire history > Articles > Articles form the Transactions of the Thoroton Society > Summer Excursion 1910: Normanton-on-Soar church,". Retrieved 2017-02-14. 
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  14. ^ "Normanton on Soar - St James' Church -". Retrieved 2017-02-14. 
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  18. ^ a b c Dark, Malcolm. The Normanton on Soar Ferry. Loughborough: Reprint. 
  19. ^ "Cable ferry". Wikipedia. 2017-05-19. 
  20. ^ Defibrillator in former Normanton-on-Soar phone box, 2012-05-15, retrieved 2017-02-14 
  21. ^ "Welcome to Normanton on Soar village website". Retrieved 2017-02-14. 
  22. ^ "Sergeant ( Air Gnr ) Lawrence Emmerson Garrod (1923 - 1944) - Find A Grave Memorial". Retrieved 2017-02-14. 
  23. ^ "Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2017-05-18. 
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  27. ^, Rushcliffe Borough Council,. "Borough Election Results 7 May 2015 - Rushcliffe Borough Council". Retrieved 2017-05-18. 
  28. ^, Rushcliffe Borough Council,. "Election: what and when? - Rushcliffe Borough Council". Retrieved 2017-05-18. 
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  30. ^ "Parish Council – Meeting Dates – Normanton On Soar Parish Council". Retrieved 2017-05-26. 
  31. ^ "Rushcliffe Wap through time | Census tables with data for the Ancient District". Retrieved 2017-05-18.  horizontal tab character in |title= at position 19 (help)
  32. ^ "Loughborough RSD through time | Census tables with data for the Sanitary District". Retrieved 2017-05-18.  horizontal tab character in |title= at position 21 (help)
  33. ^ "Leake RD through time | Census tables with data for the Local Government District". Retrieved 2017-05-18.  horizontal tab character in |title= at position 13 (help)
  34. ^ "Basford RD through time | Census tables with data for the Local Government District". Retrieved 2017-05-18.  horizontal tab character in |title= at position 15 (help)
  35. ^ "Normanton On Soar Primary School". Retrieved 2017-02-14. 
  36. ^ "OFSTED Report | Normanton On Soar Primary School". Retrieved 2017-02-14. 
  37. ^ "Welcome to Normanton on Soar village website". Retrieved 2017-02-14. 
  38. ^ a b "Welcome to Normanton on Soar village website". Retrieved 2017-02-14. 
  39. ^ a b c "Welcome to the Soar Boating Club History Page". Retrieved 2017-02-14. 
  40. ^ "Welcome to Normanton on Soar village website". Retrieved 2017-02-14. 
  41. ^ "About – The Plough Inn". Retrieved 2017-02-14. 
  42. ^ a b "Welcome to Normanton on Soar village website". Retrieved 2017-02-14. 

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