Barkestone-le-Vale Family History and Photographic Exhibition, 2012

Sheila Marriott

Barkestone-le-Vale Family History and Photographic Exhibition, 2012
Barkestone-le-Vale Family History and Photographic Exhibition, 2012

Interested in people and families in the Vale of Belvoir, or fascinated by investigating family history? This is not to be missed.

Barkestone is only a short drive from nearby Grantham, Melton and Nottingham. The village is on the route of the No.24 bus from Melton to Bottesford, a two-hourly service Monday to Saturday. Trains stop at Bottesford (for Nottingham and Grantham/East Coast Main Line) and Melton (for Leicester/Midlands Main Line and Peterborough/East Coast Main Line). Unfortunately, the village pub has had to close (like so many others these days), but good food can be had in pubs in neighbouring villages.

This page was added on 29/07/2009.

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  • Hello Mary,
    The Barkestone-le-Vale Family History and Photographic Week exhibition will be held in the parish church in Barkestone-le-Vale, not in Bottesford. We are sorry if this was not altogether clear, and hope that you will be able to visit the exhibition. I should perhaps that this is not the same as the Bottesford Living History Project exhibition that is planned for the weekend of Oct 31st – November 1st at the Fuller Room in Bottesford (why not come to both, if it doesn’t entail too much travelling!).

    By Neil Fortey (12/09/2009)
  • I would be most grateful if it can be confirmed where exactly is the exhibition to be held this year (2009) I am confused as to whether it is Bottesford or Barkstone.
    Thanking in anticipation .

    By Mary Brealey (12/09/2009)
  • Thank you Neil for this info. Am very grateful for the clarification. Yes, will try to visit both events.
    Am particularly interested in the Ward family and their links with Smith’s, Knapp’s and Durrance’s.

    By Mary Brealey (19/09/2009)
  • I am also connected to the Durrance family, my name is Malcolm Horace Durance Ellis (with 1 ‘R’ ) mostly from Leicester but originally from Frisby, Barkestone etc.

    By Malcolm Ellis (24/09/2009)
  • That is interesting Malcolm. Are you connected to Charles Ernest Durance deceased of Barkestone?

    By Mary Brealey (15/10/2009)
  • I dont think so but there was a Charles Duurance b. 1782, Burton Lazars, then William Durrance, 1810, Thrussington, then Isaac Durance, 1846, Frisby, then my Grandmother Jerusha Durance, 1882, Leicester. Isaac had a Brother Charles, 1844. Sheila Marriott was kind enough to give me information at the church and she is going to send a Gedcom of the whole Durrance family I believe. My e-mail is

    By Malcolm Ellis (22/10/2009)
  • Hello – just browsing and came across your site. I am a Durance now living Kegworth. Father Donald, Grandfather Bertram Cecil from Leicester. 1898 mother Liza. If I can be of use to provide parts of a family tree I would try and help. Pat

    By Pat Cowx (nee Durance) (09/02/2010)
  • Hello -I was only recently told that my family could have orginated from Barkstone and are therefore wondering if you have any records about the ‘Kitchings’. Any information would be gratefully recieved.

    By A Kitching (15/02/2010)
  • Is there going to be another Family History Photographic Exhibition in 2010 at Barkstone. If so do you have a date fixed yet. We have Turner ancestors from Barkstone le Vale.

    By Margaret Turner (16/02/2010)
  • Good to hear from another Kitching. The Barkestone Family Tree contains great many members of the Kitching family and the Barkestone Photograph Collection has hundreds of Kitching pictures, many of which are Victorian. I would be very pleased to help anyone trying to trace their Kitching ancestors. Please contact me at Yes there will be anothe Family History & Photographic Exhibition in 2010. It will take place during the week 9th-16th October and I would be pleased to welcome descendents of the Turner family. They are on the Barkestone Family Tree but I’m afraid I have very few Turner photographs. Always hoping to find more to add to our collection. Sheila H Marriott Barkestone Family Tree & Photograph Collection

    By Sheila H Marriott (16/02/2010)
  • Hi, I wonder if you can help me I have been trying to trace my ancestor’s for quite a few year’s now. I seem to hit that wall, at William Cant from Barkestone & Mary Hallam from Bottesford, my Great grandfather was James Hallam Cant married to Elizabeth Shelton. I found this site on google saw all the wonderful old photographs. If anybody had pictures or knew anything about the Cant family. anything would be great. Many Thanks

    By Lynn Cant (18/05/2010)
  • We know that our relative Isabella Davidson Musson nee Murison’s grave is in your churchyard. She passed away in 2002. We are trying to find out the names of her parents. We know she had a sister Mary. We believe that Isabella was the headmistress of a school.

    By vicki (09/04/2011)
  • I am interested in Barkestone History as some of my mother’s family lived there in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Will there be another exhibition in 2011-12 and does the historical society hold open meetings? Julie Clayton

    By Julie Clayton (12/08/2011)
  • Dear Julie, I expect there will be another exhibition in Barkestone parish church during the autumn of 2011, and will post details on this site as soon as I hear them. There is no Barkestone historical society at present, but the Bottesford society holds meetings on the second thursday of the month from September to May, starting at 7.30, in the Fuller Room (part of the old village school building). The new meetings programme will be posted on this site as soon as it is available – watch this space! Visitors are made very welcome.

    By Neil Fortey (14/08/2011)
  • This year’s Barkestone-le-Vale Family History and Photographic Week will be held between the 8th and 15th October.

    By David Middleton (15/08/2011)
  • I am very sorry to have missed the exhibition, as per usual I have only just found out about it. Researching my family for a number of years predominantly on my paternal line and now on my maternal line which has led me to the “Vale”. My family’s amongst others are the Deweys and Watchorn’s. Hoping you have the opportunity to exhibit next year.

    By Stephen Walker (31/10/2011)
  • Hi my grandmother was Violet Cant. Her family included a few William Cants and came from Mount Bures in Essex. They go right back to 1732 and over to the Isle of Wight. I have a long list of names dates of birth etc. Could you please pass my email onto Lynn Cant in case she maybe in the part of my Cant’s family research.

    By vi (29/12/2012)
  • Hi, I have just read an e-mail from somebody who’s Grandmother was Violet Cant, But I realise I did not leave an e- mail address on the post I put on in 19.05.2010 My name is Lynn Cant.

    By Lynn Cant (01/02/2013)
  • Is there a Family History Exhibition at Barkestone le Vale this October and if so what are the dates ? Thank You.

    By Annette Barfoot (10/09/2013)
  • Hello Annette, I regret that as far as I know the exhibition has had to be cancelled this year, because the gentleman who has always put the display panels together is unable to do the job this time around. We send him our best wishes and hope he will be back in full health soon and able to help out again in 2014. Neil Fortey

    By Neil Fortey (05/11/2013)
  • What date is this years History Exibition at Barkestone le Vale, please ?

    By Annette barfoot (28/07/2014)
  • Will there be a Family History Exhibition at Barkestone le Vale this October 2014 and if so what dates. I would love to come as I am related to the Hand family through my father, Charles.

    By Heather Hand (08/08/2014)
  • Does anyone have any history on 6 Fishpond Lane in Barkestone? Cheers!

    By Aimee Turner (24/04/2022)
  • Hello Aimee,
    Family history research in Barkestone was carried out by Sheila Marriott, who kept her records at her house in the village. Sadly, Sheila died recently, and her material is not available for consultation as far as I know. I am not aware of any other sources of Barkestone local history, other than what can be found online in Find My Past and Ancestry, or at the county Records Office in South Wigston. Sorry we can’t be of help to you. Neil Fortey

    By Neil Fortey (26/04/2022)

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