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"
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.
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.
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.