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  • The parish was in the Whitwick subdistrict of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.
  • The 1851 census for Leicestershire has been indexed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society. The whole index is available on microfiche. The society has also published it in print.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Ravenstone area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church for Ravenstone is dedicated to the Saint Michael and All Angels.

  • The church building dates from 1325.

  • David KELLY has a photograph of St Michael & All Angels Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1705 and is in very good condition.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Repton.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Whitwick subdistrict of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.

Description and Travel

"RAVENSTONE, a parish in the hundreds of West Goscote and Repton, counties Leicester and Derby, 3½ miles S.E. of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, its post town, and 2½ S.W. of the Coalville railway station. The village, which is of small extent, is chiefly agricultural. A portion of the inhabitants are engaged in the collieries. There are also some brick-kilns. The parish is intersected by the road from Leicester to Ashby, and the railway from Swannington to Leicester runs about a mile distant from the village."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin HINSON ©2003]

See also Ravenstone in Leicester.

You can see pictures of Ravenstone which are provided by:


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Ravenstone has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK402139 (Lat/Lon: 52.721238, -1.406264), Ravenstone which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish on the boundary between Derbyshire and Leicestershire and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.

  • This Derbyshire portion of this parish was in the ancient Repton and Gresley Hundred (or Wapentake).

  • In March, 1884, the hamlet of Snibstone in Packington, Leicestershire, was transfered to this Civil Parish.

  • The Civil Parish is administered as part of Derbyshire.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1770.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Ashby-de-la-Zouch (LEI) petty session hearings.

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, Ravenstone became part of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Poorlaw Union.