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Description in 1877:
"BAGWORTH is a village, township, and chapelry, in Thornton parish, 10 miles W. N. W. of Leicester, on the south side of the Leicester and Burton Railway, on which it has a station. It contains 505 inhabitants and about 2,141 acres of land, forming a picturesque district of hill and dale, watered by several small rivulets, and including the scattered farms of Merry Lees (300 acres), Bagworth Park and Heath, Lindrich, &c. A large colliery, for many years worked by the late Viscount Maynard, now belongs to the Bagworth Colliery Co."
White's "History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland. 3rd Edition 1877"



  • The parish was in the Ibstock sub-district of the Market Bosworth 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.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2265
1871 R.G. 10 / 3241
1891 R.G. 12 / 2507


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Bagworth 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 is dedicated to The Holy Rood.
  • The church construction date remains unknown, but the church is refered to in directories as "a very old building, with a very low tower".
  • The church was entirely rebuilt in 1873.
  • The church seats 200.
  • The two ancient church buildings had to be demolished due to subsidence, The current building is a plain concrete structure.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1560.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Akeley (southern division).
  • The Society of Genealogists holds copies parish records from 1559 - 1778 included along with those of Thornton and Stanton under Barton which can be studied at their library in London.
  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1904.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Ibstock sub-district of the Market Bosworth Registration District.

Description and Travel

Bagworth is a village, a township, a chapelry and a parish which lie about 115 miles north of London, 1 mile west of Thornton and 12 miles north of Leicester city. The parish covers about 2,240 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Take some time to enjoy Bagworth Heath Woods on Heath Road. It is 1/2 miles south of Bagworth village on the location of the former Desford Colliery. There are several walks maintained for your enjoyment.
  • There are photos of the parish at the Parish Council site.
  • By automobile, take the M1 toward Coalville. The parish is just off to the west as you near Coalville.
  • By bus, check the Arriva Bus schedule.
  • Andrew TATLOW has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2006. Consider stopping in and asking for a schedule of forth-coming events.
You can see pictures of Bagworth which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Bagworth to another place.


  • Bricks were made here in the 1800s.
  • Much of the land was used for pasture.
  • Coal was mined here and two large colliers dominated the parish in the late 1800s. Bagworth Colliery is in the Guiness Book of Records for its coal production per man-shift. The Bagworth Colliery closed in February, 1991. The Desford Colliery closed in 1984.


  • There is a mention of Bagworth Hall in 1912, but no description.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK448070 (Lat/Lon: 52.658852, -1.339100), Bagworth which are provided by:

Military History

In the churchyard is a stone cross, erected in memory of the men connected with this parish who gave their lives in World War I..

Politics and Government

  • This ancient Chapelry was incorporated as a Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The parish is in the ancient Sparkenhoe Hundred in the western division of the county.
  • In March, 1886, the parish was reduced by transferring a detached portion to Newbold Verdon Civil Parish.
  • In April, 1935, the parish was amalgamated with Thornton (gaining 2,092 acres) and became Bagworth and Thornton Civil Parish.
  • The parish stared out in 1881 at 3,930 acres, then shrunk to 2,156 by 1891. In 1901 it was 2,244 acres unitl 1935. The combined parishes then totalled 4,336 acres.
  • District Governance is provided by the Hinckley & Bosworth District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Market Bosworth petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Market Bosworth Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1841 569
1871 505
1881 604
1891 642
1901 631
1911 1,419
1921 1,481
1931 1,568
1951 2,103
1961 1,869
2001 1,836


  • A school was founded here by Viscount MAYNARD in 1760.
  • A Public Elementary School (National School) replaced the school above, probably around 1875.


The parish has its own Bagworth Historical Society, which formed in 2001. They meet at Bagworth Working Mens Club every 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. They have at least three publications you may be interested in.