From John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72":

"IBSTOCK, a village, a township, a parish, and a subdistrict in Derbyshire. The village stands near the source of the river Anker, 2 miles S W of Bardon r. station, and 4¼ N of Market-Bosworth; is well built; contains some good shops; and has a post office‡ under Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The township includes the village, is in Market-Bosworth district, and comprises 2, 257 acres. Real property, £7, 655; of which £750 are in mines, and £396 in railways. The parish contains also Hugglescote and Donington township, in Ashby-de-la-Zouch district; and comprises 4,846 acres."

Archives & Libraries

The Ibstock Library on Melbourne Road at Ibstock Junior School is a branch of the Leicester County Council Library System. It is open 3 days each week (verify by phone if you are visiting).



  • The Ibstock Cemetery, set aside in 1883, is 1.25 acres just off Pretoria Road on the east side of the town, and under the care of the Parish Council.
  • The Parish Council holds cemetery burial records which can be viewed with an appointment.
  • Trevor RICKARD has a photograph of the St. Denys Churchyard burial area on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2009.


  • 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 / 601
1861 R.G. 9 / 2265 & 2271
1871 R.G. 10 / 3241
1891 R.G. 12 / 2507

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Denis (Denys).
  • The church was built in the 14th century at the end of High Street.
  • In 1884-85 the church nave was restored and small alterations performed.
  • In 1897 the church chancel was restored.
  • The church seats 400.
  • Trevor RICKARD has a photograph of the Church of St. Denys on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2009.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1568 and is in fair condition.
  • The parish church was in the rural deanery of South Akeley (Sparkenhoe first division).
  • The Baptists had a chapel built here by 1878 to replace an earlier, smaller chapel.
  • Michael PATTERSON has a photograph of the Baptist Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2006.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here by 1849.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel here by 1881.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Ibstock is a large village and a parish in north-west Leicestershire, England, with a population of around 5,000. Nearby places are Heather, Ellistown, Ravenstone and Donington le Heath. The parish lies 6 miles south-east of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, 5 miles north of Market Bosworth and 120 miles north of London. The parish covers 4.846 acres.

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From John BARTHOLOMEW's, "Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887)":

Ibstock, par., township, and vil., S. Leicestershire, 4½ miles N. of Market Bosworth - par., 4,846 ac., pop. 7,085; township, ,2257 ac., pop. 2,335; P.O., T.O.

Historical Geography

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



  • The parish along with a grange belonging to the abbot of Garendon, has a long early association with the Burtons of Burton on Dunsmore in Warwickshire.
  • The parish had a coal seam only 70 yards below the surface.
  • The gas works was established here in 1877.
  • The Bitterman has three photos of Pubs on Geo-graph, all taken in July, 2010: The Whimsey Inn, the Ram Inn and the Boot Inn.
  • Chris DOWNER has a photograph of the landmark sculpture and time capsule on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2008.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK406103 (Lat/Lon: 52.689026, -1.400499), Ibstock which are provided by:


Military History

  • Steve ROWE has a photograph of the War Memorial located on Central Avenue on Geo-graph, taken in 2007.
  • The stained glass window in St. Denys' north aisle is to the memory of the men of the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18.
  • Horace GREASLEY, born 25 Dec. 1818, was a local lad and a British prisoner of war who later gained fame for escaping from his POW camp over 200 times, and returning back into captivity each time.
  • There are six Commonwealth War Graves in St. Denys churchyard; three from World War One and three from World War II.
  • There are eight Commonwealth War Graves in Ibstock Cemetery; three from World War One and five from World War II. Two of those are Canadian.

Military Records

For a photograph of the Ibstock War Memorial and the list of names on it, see the Roll of Honour site.

Some of the names are detailed at the Leicestershire War Memorials site.


Names, Geographical

  • Ibstock was recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as a hamlet, Ibestoche (literally Ibba's stoc or dairy farm). The Domesday Book records six ploughlands here.


You may want to pick up a copy of the most recent "Instock Life Magazine" or review it online.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicestershire and became a Civil Parish parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Sparkenhoe Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • On 1 April, 1936, the parish boundaries had three adjustments; 17 acres were transferred to Coalville CIvil Parish, 11 acres were received from Heather Civil Parish and 28 acres from Hugglescote and Donnington Civil Parish.
  • You may contact the Ibstock Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they CANNOT perform family history searches for you.
  • District governance is provided by the North West Leicestershire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • The Common Land here was enclosed in 1774.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Sparkenhoe (Market Bosworth) petty session hearings each week, alternating between Hinckley and Market Bosworth.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Market Bosworth Poorlaw Union.


Most of the population figures in the table below are for the "township" and not the "parish".

 Year Inhabitants
1801 763
1811 836
1841 1,138
1871 1,656
1881 2,335
1891 2,937
1901 3,922
1911 4,946
1921 5,211
1931 5,365


  • In 1792 a free school for 50 poor children of the parish was set up.
  • A Public Elementary School (mixed) was built in 1818 and enlarged in 1848 and again in 1870 and 1892.
  • A Elementary Council School (mixed) was built in 1907 and enlarged in 1911.
  • A Public Elementary School for infants was built in 1895 to hold 237 children.
  • The existing Ibstock Junior School on Melbourne Road is for ages 7-11. Contact via telephone: 01530 260481.