Stanford on Soar

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Stanford on Soar
Stanford on soar parish church 2006-04-06 051web.jpg
Church of St John the Baptist, Stanford on Soar
Stanford on Soar is located in Nottinghamshire
Stanford on Soar
Stanford on Soar
Stanford on Soar shown within Nottinghamshire
Population 128 (2011)
Civil parish
  • Stanford 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
List of places
52°47′39″N 1°11′44″W / 52.794167°N 1.195694°W / 52.794167; -1.195694Coordinates: 52°47′39″N 1°11′44″W / 52.794167°N 1.195694°W / 52.794167; -1.195694

Stanford on Soar is a village and civil parish located on the River Soar, just within the Nottinghamshire side of the Nottinghamshire/Leicestershire boundary, in the Borough of Rushcliffe. The population of the civil parish was 128 at the 2011 census.[1] It is around a mile north of Loughborough in Leicestershire. It is the southernmost place within the county of Nottinghamshire.[2] Other nearby places are Normanton on Soar and Cotes.

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 Great Central Railway (preserved) running from Loughborough Central railway station to Leicester North. Although there isn't a rail station in the village, East Midlands Parkway opened early in 2008 at Ratcliffe on Sour providing links on the Midland Main Line.

Parish Church[edit]

The Parish Church of St John the Baptist was begun 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.[3] It also forms part of a joint Benefice with the neighbouring parishes of Costock, East Leake, West Leake and Rempstone. There is a Rector and Associate Priest.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey mapping
  3. ^ Southwell and Nottingham Church History Project Stanford on Soar

External links[edit]

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