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Description in 1871:
"ELMSTHORPE, a parish in Hinckley district, Leicester; on the Leicester and Nuneaton railway, 3 miles NE by E of Hinckley. It has a station on the railway; and its post town is Hinckley. Acres, 1,650. Real property, £1,446. Pop., 45. Houses, 5. The living is a rectory, united with the p. curacy of Earl-Shilton, in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, not reported. Patrons, Trustees. The church was used as the head-quarters of Richard's army previous to the battle of Bosworth; and is now in ruins."
[John Marius Wilson's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales", 1870-72]


  • The parish was in the Earl Shilton sub-district of the Hinckley 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 / 600
1861 R.G. 9 / 2262
1871 R.G. 10 / 3238
1891 R.G. 12 / 2505


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Elmersthorpe area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The original church was built in the thirteenth century.
  • The church had long been "in ruins" by 1849, but the tower was still standing then.
  • The present church was the result of a restoration in 1869 harmonized in style with the ruined portions.
  • The church is a Grade II listed structure with British Heritage.
  • John SALMON has a photograph of St Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2003.
  • Andrew TATLOW also has a photograph of St Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2006.

Church Records

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Sparkenhoe (second portion).

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Earl Shilton sub-district of the Hinckley Registration District.

Description and Travel

Elmersthorpe is a small village 3 miles north-east of Hinckley and just south of Earl Shilton. The village is listed on most modern maps as "Elmesthorpe". The parish lies 101 miles north of London.

The land around the village is low and was very boggy, but has been drained. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, the village is on the road between Earl Shilton and Stoney Stanton (the B581). The M69 motorway passes underneath this road, but no local turnoff is provided.
  • A railway passes just along the southern edge of the village, but no passenger service seems to be available today. There is no station.

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Historical Geography

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



  • The Harvey, Harvey & Company boot and shoe manufacturers were located here in 1925.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of The Wentworth Arms on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2017. This public house is on Station Road near the railway crossing.

Names, Geographical

The name of the village and parish have appeared as "Elmesthorpe", "Elmsthorpe" and "Elmersthorpe". It was "Ailmerestorp" in 1207.
A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names:, 1991, Oxford University Press


Politics and Government

  • The parish lies in the Sparkenhoe Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicestershire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • In 1881 this parish covered 1,650 acres. 10 years later, it covered only 1,305 acres.
  • You can contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist you with family history research.
  • District governance is provided by the Blaby District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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


 Year Inhabitants
1801 35
1841 36
1871 44
1881 34
1891 38
1901 70
1911 84
1921 77
1931 134
1951 392
1961 361


  • The children of this parish attended schools at Barwell and Stoney Stanton.