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Zouch canal and Barge - geograph.org.uk - 1292132.jpg
Zouch Cut, looking west
Zouch is located in Nottinghamshire
Location within Nottinghamshire
OS grid referenceSK507234
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLE12
Dialling code01509
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°48′23″N 1°14′59″W / 52.80643°N 1.24983°W / 52.80643; -1.24983Coordinates: 52°48′23″N 1°14′59″W / 52.80643°N 1.24983°W / 52.80643; -1.24983

Zouch /ˈzɒ/ is a hamlet in south west Nottinghamshire, England. It is located between Hathern and Normanton on Soar and is situated by the River Soar, which marks the county boundary with Leicestershire.[1]

Most of the hamlet lies in the civil parish of Sutton Bonington, apart from Zouch Farm which falls within Normanton on Soar parish, and the part in Leicestershire which is in Hathern parish. The nearest town is Loughborough. The A6006 road passes through the hamlet and crosses the Soar on Zouch Bridge (alternatively "County Bridge"[2] as it spans the county border). The elevation of Zouch is 30 metres (98 ft).[1]

There is a pub in the hamlet, the Rose and Crown, with one side of the pub on Main Street and the other on the bank of the Zouch Cut canal.[3] On the far western end of the hamlet, on the Leicestershire side of Zouch Bridge, is the County Bridge Mobile Home Park, where tent pitching is available.[4]

River Soar and Zouch Cut[edit]

Looking west; the 'county' bridge, the boat yard and the boat club are across the field on the left; Zouch Lock is on the right, allowing navigating boats to descend from the cut down to the river.

Zouch is an example of a small canal settlement, though there was a mill there long before the Soar was made navigable (and on some historic maps is denoted as Zouch Mill). Due to the canalisation of the River Soar, involving the construction of the Zouch Cut and several weirs and canals in the vicinity, the hamlet lies on several islands (including the main island, and the much smaller islands of Lower Holme and Upper Holme, which have small houses on them). Canal mooring is a notable feature; on the Leicestershire side of Zouch Bridge, situated on the River Soar, are Zouch Marina and the clubhouse of the Loughborough Boat Club.[2][5] The Long Whatton Brook joins the Soar between the two.


The meaning of the name derives from the Old English term for poor ground.[6]

It is alphabetically last in a list of all the named settlements in Britain.[7]



  1. ^ a b Ordnance Survey mapping
  2. ^ a b Loughborough Boat Club location
  3. ^ Dining Pubs Archived September 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Rose and Crown, Zouch
  4. ^ UKparks.com Johnsons County Bridge Mobile Home Park
  5. ^ Zouch Marina
  6. ^ Poulton-Smith, Anthony (2009) Nottinghamshire Place Names
  7. ^ Ordnance Survey gazetteer (2011)