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Things to do in Normanton upon Soar, Leicestershire

Normanton on Soar is a small, pretty, well-kept 12th-century village which sits on the border of Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

Half timbered building on Main Street © Andrew H Jackson 2007
Half timbered building on Main Street

It has several interesting historical features which allow the visitor a meaningful glimpse of the past.

One of the main features of the village is the 12th-century parish church of St James. The keys to the church can be requested and this allows an opportunity to explore the interesting interior and to absorb the historical information displayed.

St James Church © Andrew H Jackson 2007
St James Church

Also, there is a 15th-century rectangular Dovecote with 17th-century additions, and The Old Post Office complete with thatched roof.

Another feature of the village is the Chain Ferry. This is a restored example of a unique and rare type of ferry used to cross the River Soar.

The ferry is situated behind the Ferry House and can be reached via a signed footpath. There is a tourist information board giving details of the history of the ferry.

St James Church © Andrew H Jackson 2007
St James Church

A pleasant pub is situated on the main street and has a lovely riverside location.

This pub has an interesting past, being a place where a wharf once existed many years ago to facilitate the landing of coal.

With local footpaths for walks, and the churchyard and pub providing riverside views, Normanton on Soar is well worth a visit.

Description by Brenda Playfair

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