Barton in the Beans


Description in 1871:
"BARTON-IN-THE-BEANS, a township in Market-Bosworth district, Leicester; chiefly in Nailstone parish, but partly also in Market-Bosworth and Shackerstone parishes, 2 miles N of Market-Bosworth. Acres, 820. Real property, £1,712. Pop., 159. Houses, 39."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]



  • 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.
1841 H.O. 107 / 602
1861 R.G. 9 / 2265
1871 R.G. 10 / 3241
1891 R.G. 12 / 2507

Church History

  • There was formerly (pre-1925) a chapel of the Anglican Church here.
  • The parishioners attended the church in Nailstone.

Church Records

  • The chapel was in the rural deanery of Sparkenhoe (first portion).
  • The General Baptists had a chapel built here in 1745 and rebuilt it in 1841.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Barton in the Beans is a small village, a township and a parish about 108 miles north of London, 14 miles west of Leicester city, just 3 miles south of Ibstock and 8 miles south-east of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The parish covers about 860 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A447 south out of Ibstock and turn west and turn west at Nailstone.
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Historical Geography

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



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK397064 (Lat/Lon: 52.653882, -1.41457), Barton in the Beans which are provided by:


Military History

In the Baptist chapel there is a War Memorial: a stone base and sloping top stone - WW1 inscription on top, WW2 on plaque on base.

There is a white stone cross in the Baptist Churchyard honoring trooper E. W. BLAZA who was wounding at Gallipoli and died a year later.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Township in Nailstone parish in Leicester county and it became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The parish was in the ancient Sparkenhoe Hundred in the western division of the county.
  • On 18 August, 1882, the parish was enlarged by gaining part of Market Bosworth Civil Parish.
  • On 25 March, 1886, the parish was enlarged by gaining part of Nailstone Civil Parish.
  • On 1 April, 1935, a large number of parish realignments were mandated. This parish was abolished and amalgamated into Shackerstone Civil Parish.
  • You can find the local Parish Council regarding civic and political issues, but they won't assist in family history searches.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

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


 Year Inhabitants
1871 168
1881 136
1891 146
1901 152
1911 151