Barwell, a large village and parish, in the union of Hinckley, from which it it is two miles north by east and eleven miles S. W. from Leicester; its parish includes the hamlets of Potter’s Marston and Stapleton. Further information on the Anglican churches in these hamlets can be found here. The church dedicated to St. Mary, is an ancient structure in the gothic style of architecture, having a square tower, containing four bells; the living is a rectory.
The village is listed in the Domesday Survey as ‘Berryall’ later becoming Bearwell. The word ‘Bear’ may have meant boar and ‘well’ stream. Consequently the name meant ‘the town by the boar stream.’
Click here for a map of Barwell showing the location of the Church.