Ilston on the Hill


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

ILSTON-ON-THE-HILL, a township chapelry in Carlton-Curliew parish, Leicester; 3 miles SW by S of Billesdon, and 5 N NE of Kibworth r. station. Posttown, Billesdon, under Leicester. Acres, 1,300. Real property, £2,432. Pop. 235. Houses, 50. The manor belonged to Crick abbey, in Norfolk; passed, in 1509, to the Crown; and belongs now to John King, Esq. The living is a p. curacy, annexed to the rectory of Carlton Curliew, in the diocese of Peterborough. The church consists of nave, S aisle, and chancel, with porch and tower. There are a national school, and charities £14.


Colin PARK has a photograph of St Michael & All Angels churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2016.



  • The parish was in the Billesdon sub-district of the Billesdon 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.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2253
1871 R.G. 10 / 3229
1881 R.G. 11 / 3124
1891 R.G. 12 / 2494

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael and All Angels.
  • The oldest surviving features are of the late 13th century but the font may have belonged to an earlier building.
  • The church was restored in 1866.
  • The church seats 120.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of St. Michael and All Angels on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2007.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1653.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Gartree (second portion).

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Ilston on the Hill is a parish, a township and a small village about 95 miles north of London, 9 miles south-east of Leicester city and 5 miles north of Kibworth. The parish covers 1,341 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, it is probably easiest to take the A6 arterial road past Market Harborough. Turn north onto the B6047, Ilston on the Hill will be on your left.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2007.
You can see pictures of Ilston on the Hill which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The parish was and is largely pasture.
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of The Fox and Goose pub. on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2019.


  • Ilston Grange was the seat of James WIlliam BAILLIE in 1912.
  • The Ashlands was the seat of Robert Andrew FAULKNER in 1912.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP707993 (Lat/Lon: 52.586917, -0.957893), Ilston on the Hill which are provided by:


Military History

Illston Grange, formerly called Illston New Grange and later Illston Hall, was built for Colonel J. W. BAILLIE, who, until 1895, was Colonel Commanding the Leicestershire Yeomanry. The house, which was of red brick, was demolished in 1927 after the death of his heir, Lt.-Col. F. D. M. BAILLIE.

James W. BAILLIE can be found here in the 1881 census. In the 1881 census he is living here with his wife, Elizabeth F. BAILLIE, and two daughters. His rank is given as Major.

In the 1901 census, James W. BAILLIE is enumerated here with his wife, Elizabeth and his brother, Alexander H. BAILLIE, and 14 servants.


Politics & Government

  • The place was an ancient Township and Chapelry of Carlton Curlieu parish in Leicester county and it was incorporated as a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The parish is in the ancient Gartree Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Parish Councils regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to help you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Harbough District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Billesdon Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the East Norton petty session hearings the first Friday of each month.


Year Inhabitants
1871 290
1881 311
1891 254
1901 254
1911 212
1921 159


Illston school was erected in 1848 to accommodate children from both Carlton Curlieu and Illston.

The school was closed in 1947.