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Description in 1871:
"BILSTONE, a township in Norton-juxta-Twycross parish, Leicester: adjacent to the Ashby-de-la-Zouch canal 3 miles NW of Market-Bosworth Acres, 570. Real property, £1,279. Pop., 116. Houses, 25."
John Marius Wilson's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72


  • The parish was in the Market Bosworth 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 / 2264
1871 R.G. 10 / 3240
1891 R.G. 12 / 2506

Church History

  • The webpage author was unable to find any reference to a church in Bilstone.

Church Records

  • The parish was in the rural deanery of Sparkenhoe (first portion).

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

Bilstone is a village, a township, a chapelry and a parish which lie about 4 miles northwest of Market Bosworth. The parish covers about 713 acres.

The River Sence flows past the eastern edge of the village. If you are planning a visit:

  • The village nestles right up against Congerstone village.
  • By automobile, Bilstone lies east off the A444 trunk road at Twycross.

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Historical Geography

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



  • The parish land was mostly small farms.

Military History

The War Memorial cross in Congerstone covers Congerstone, Gopsall and Bilstone and honours the fallen of both World Wars..

There appear to be No Commonwealth War Graves in Bilstone cemetery.


Politics and Government

  • This place was, for centuries, a chapelry and a township in Norton-juxta-Twycross.
  • In December, 1866, this place was incorporated as a Civil Parish to simplify civic administration.
  • The parish is in the ancient Sparkenhoe Hundred in the western division of the county.
  • Between 1881 and 1891 the parish grew from 570 acres to 713.
  • In April, 1935, this parish was abolished and all 713 acres amalgamated with Shackerstone Civil Parish.

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
1871 98
1881 102
1891 91
1901 80
1911 79
1921 79
1931 68