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Description in 1871: "COSTOCK, or Cortlingstock, a parish in the district of Loughborough and county of Nottingham; on an affluent of the river Soar, adjacent to the boundary with Leicester, 4 miles E of Kegworth r. station, and 8 S of Nottingham. Post town, East Leake, under Loughborough. Acres, 1,320. Real property, £2,648. Pop., 440. Houses, 103. The property is divided among a few. Some of the inhabitants are stocking-makers. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, £395. Patron, the Rev.S. Millard. The church is ungainly but good." [John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]



  • The parish was in the Leake sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
  • In 1935, the parish was reassigned to the Basford sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
CensusYear Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2277
1871 R.G. 10 / 3259
1891 R.G. 12 / 2518


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Costock 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 St. Giles.
  • The church was built around 1359.
  • A "rough" restoration was done in 1688.
  • The western end of the church was rebuilt in 1863 and the rest restored.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of St. Giles and the churchyard gate on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1558.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of South Bingham.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel built here in 1828.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Leake sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
  • In 1935, the parish was reassigned to the Basford sub-district of the Loughborough Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

This parish and village lie about 120 miles north of London and 9 miles due south of Nottingham.

The village sits along a small stream, the Kingston Brook, between hills. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A60 north out of Loughborough toward Nottingham. The A60 passes through Rempstone and the next village is Costock.
  • Chris DIXON has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2005. You should stop in and ask for a copy of the schedule of forth-coming events.
You can see pictures of Costock which are provided by:

Historical Geography

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


  • Costock Manor House was a low, unimposing building dating from the sixteenth century.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK576263 (Lat/Lon: 52.831129, -1.146495), Costock which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottinghamshire and it became a Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Rushcliffe Wapentake in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Costock Parish Council regarding civic or politcal issues, but they are NOT staffed to help with family history lookups.
  • District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • In 1761 the Common Land was enclosed here.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Loughborough Poor Law Union in Leicestershire.


Year Inhabitants
1801 244
1841 470
1851 493
1871 426
1881 311
1891 287
1901 287
1911 301
1921 307


  • A Public Elementary School (National School) was built here in 1840 to hold up to 150 children.
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