The Hamlet of ZOUCH

Zouch Mill and the Island Hamlet of Zouch in Leicestershire

Island Hamlet of Zouch

Welcome to the One Place Study for the Hamlet of ZOUCH.Leicestershire  


Having been born and bred just across the river from ZOUCH in the village of Normanton on Soar, I have a lot of personal memories of Zouch (pronounced Zotch) together with some knowledge of the people who lived there in the early part of the 20th century. After gathering a fairly large amount of information on the Hamlet, I thought it would be beneficial to create a website in order to assist others tracing the history of, or Ancestors from the hamlet of ZOUCH.


In the coming weeks/months transcriptions of various documents that have been painstakingly researched by myself (except where otherwise acknowledged) will appear on this site, and, whilst I have taken great care to be accurate, (but I am getting on in years) mistakes can be made so please use this information only as a guide, and please read the source/original documents and do your own transcription. Special thanks most go to Lesley Donald of Albany, Western Australia and owner of the "OPS Normanton on Soar Site" for her contributions especially the Census returns and the Parish Register extracts.


 If you do find a mistake or have a query please do not hesitate to contact me with the details.

In due course, this website will also contain photographs and material submitted by other researchers who have an interest in the Hamlet.   

Please, if you have any information such as photos, memories, stories, family lines etc. that you would like to share with other researchers – it  would be most welcome to have sight of same which in turn could possibly help someone with their family research or find a missing ancestor.   If you can contribute to this One Place Study please feel free to contact me.


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.

 The meaning of the name derives from the Old English term for "poor ground".


 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. There is a public house 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. On the far western end of the hamlet, on the Leicestershire side of Zouch Bridge, is the County Bridge.