There has been a settlement on the site for over 1,000 years, the earliest records being in the Domesday Book as Sitestone. The Roman road known as the Fosse Way passes through Syston, which is now largely a commuter town for the city of Leicester. Only the village of Thurmaston to the south separates it from Leicester.
The large and impressive Church of St Peter and St Paul is the most ancient building in Syston, built in pink granite and white limestone with a proud west tower topped by a lozenge frieze, battlements and pinnacles. The church mostly dates from the 15th century but there is a 13th-century sedilia in the chancel and a tomb recess in the south aisle of the early 14th century. The stone arcading inside the nave has striking Perpendicular Gothic panelling which is also seen on the tower arch and in the clerestory. The nave roof of timber is also 15th century. The local architect Frederick Webster Ordish (1821-1885) extensively restored the church in 1871-72 and in 1881 he extended the nave by one bay and rebuilt the chancel. Ordish lived at Queniborough Old Hall. In 1855 he had added the upper storey, with its tower and bridge staircase, to the Corn Exchange in Leicester Market Place. He died as a result of an accident near the old Syston railway station in September 1885.
The Midland Main Line runs through the town. Syston railway station currently has one platform on what remains of the former goods line, served by local Leicester to Lincoln via Nottingham and Newark services on the Ivanhoe Line.
The 'Syston white plum' is well known in the Syston locality and has been grown there for well over 100 years. It is yellow, oval in shape, thin skinned and a good sized dessert plum. It normally crops in September and is emblazoned on the Syston Town welcoming signs.
The River Soar runs past the western edge of the town, shortly after passing under the A46 road which underwent significant improvements early in 2006 at the Hobby Horse roundabout, a popular meeting place on the Leicester Western Bypass.
Syston is home to two monthly, village publications: the Syston Town News and the Syston Directory.
- Actress Terri Dwyer
- Singer Dave Bartram from Showaddywaddy
- Speedway racer Fred Wilkinson raced for England v.s Australia, and ran the Lansdowne Garage in Syston
- Megan Lowe, Test cricketer
- Mahalia Burkmar, neosoul/R'n'B artist
The Air Training Corps (ATC) is a military based youth organisation for 13- to 20-year-olds and the local squadron (No 1181 Syston Squadron) is based in the grounds of Wreake Valley Academy.
The Syston Allotment Society works for the benefit of plot holders and the wider community at the allotment site on Upper Church Street, Syston.
- Pevsner 1984, pp. 402-403.
- Pevsner 1984, p. 403.
- Brodie et al. 2001, p. 289.
- Pevsner 1984, p. 223.
- Jones, Alan (2004) Speedway in Leicester: The Hunters Era, Automedia, p. 8
- Syston Town Council News Archived 9 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- Welcome to Pukka Pies
- "I'm a village girl at heart – I'll always come back to Syston" from www.terri-dwyer.com
- Pevsner, Nikolaus; Williamson, Elizabeth (revision) (1984) . Leicestershire and Rutland. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 402–403. ISBN 0140710183.
- Brodie, Antonia; Felstead, Alison; Franklin, Jonathan; Pinfield, Leslie; Oldfield, Jane, eds. (2001). Directory of British Architects 1834-1914, Vol.2, L-Z. London & New York: Continuum. p. 289. ISBN 082645514X.
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