About Bardon

The Old Row

In 1500 Bardon was a deer park vested in the Lords of the Manor of Whitwick.

It was not until the 1850s, when Breedon Everard began to exploit the rock that lay just below the surface, that the Bardon of today had its roots. In about 1870 a row of 40 cottages was built with a school in the centre, this became known as ‘The Old Row’. In the 1890s another row of 40 cottages was built nearby called by the residents ‘The New Row’ although its official name was ‘The Crescent’ this being rather fanciful since the row was dead straight. The residents never referred to it by its ‘official’ name.

The siting of the two rows caused some strange boundary anomalies, The Old Row was in the parliamentary constituency of Bosworth whereas The New Row was just inside Bardon Park which was in the constituency of Ashby de la Zouch.

St Peter’s church was built in 1898 and several generations of the Everard family are buried in the church yard. A parsonage was built a few years later to house a curate who worked under the Vicar of Hugglescote. St Peters today is part of the joint benefice of Christ Church, Coalville.

Both The Old Row and The Crescent were demolished in the 1980s to allow expansion of the quarry. A new housing estate was built off Bardon Road to house the tenants.

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  • Two very minor points, the Crescent was as named, and church date 1898. O.Lynch. 1 the Crescent.
    (Commonly listed (i.e. Wikipedia and elsewhere) 1899 but you are correct in stating 1898- Webmaster)

    By Owen Lynch (9 February 2024)
  • They may have destroyed Bardon Village but it still stands, untouched, within my memories.
    Mostly good memories. I never lived there. I was born in Waterworks Rd and around 1960 moved to Bardon Rd., and went to school at Bardon School. I have clear memories of the teachers. Daddy Allen, headmaster and his wife (also a teacher). Miss Bott and Miss Cambers.
    Morning classes included listening to Peter and the Wolf and guessing the musical instruments. Annual May Day festival with Daddy Allen on the fiddle (like a violin). Also a May Queen in attendance.
    I was a member of Bardon Cubs followed by Scouts. we met weekly at the original school building on Old Row. The cub Master was a Mr Tim Burton. Annual St Georges Day parade in Coalville, one day I was proud to be a flag bearer. Annual camping trips to Willesley, nr Ashby, we travelled in the back of an open quarry lorry.
    For many years I was in Bardon Church choir and thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie. One Christmas I sang Silent Night solo in front of a packed church. They actually applauded (which was a first for many churches I suppose). The Choir Master was Froggy Neil. He lived with his wife on Bardon Rd near Jordan’s Garage. The garage is still there.
    I can name many of the children who attended Bardon School but I have very few photos of them or the area.
    I could go on but maybe this is enough to stir the memory pots of a few fellow oldies.

    By Russell (1 October 2023)

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