Description in 1887:
"Nailstone, par., township, and vil., Leicestershire, 3 miles NE. of Market Bosworth - par., 3806 ac., pop. 487; township, pop. 389; P.O."
[John BARTHOLOMEW's "Gazetteer of the British Isles," 1887]





  • 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 & 2267
1871 R.G. 10 / 3241
1891 R.G. 12 / 2507

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church for Nailstone is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church is considered "very old".
  • The church was restored in 1853.
  • The church tower and spire were renovated in 1898.
  • Trevor RICKARD has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2010.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Lych Gate on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2016.

Church Records

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

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Nailstone is a village, a township and a parish about 118 miles north of London, 12 miles west of Leicester city, just 3 miles north of Market Bosworth. The parish covers just over 1,950 acres. A branch of the River Sence runs along the south side of the parish. The townships of Normanton-le-Heath and Barton in the Beans are in this parish.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A447 south through Ibstock. That road passes through the heart of Nailstone.
You can see pictures of Nailstone which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Coal was discovered in this parish in 1863.
  • Trevor RICKARD has a photograph of the Nut and Squirrel pub on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2012.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Bulls Head pub on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2016.
  • The Bulls Head building was built during the 19th century as part of the Gopsall Estate.
  • These are the names associated with The Head Inn, considered a heritage asset, 88 Main Street, in various directories:
Year  Person
1849 Geo. WYLDE, farmer
1881 John GARDNER
1912 Jn. GARDNER, carpntr.
1925 Coulson NEWTON


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK417071 (Lat/Lon: 52.660025, -1.384918), Nailstone which are provided by:


Military History

  • The Miners' Welfare and Memorial Institute, opened in 1924, was erected as a memorial to the men of this parish who gave their lives in the Great War.
  • Stone of Remembrance with two metal plaques. First plaque (and second?) appears to have been part of Miners Welfare and Memorial Institute opened 1921.
  • There is also a Stone of Remembrance with one metal plaques. The plate was moved from a 1944 B-17 crash site.
  • There are three Commonwealth War Graves in the churchyard. Two from World War I and one from World War II.

Military Records

One of the metal plates in the Memorial Garden is for a B-17 that crashed in the parish on 27 Sept. 1944. All the crew members were lost.

These are the fallen in the Commonwealth War Graves (from www.cwgc.org):

Name Rank Unit Died Family
W. COLEMAN Srgt. 83rd Btn Leicestershire Regt. 08 Nov. 1918  
A. FINDLEY Private 2/5 Btn Leicestershire Regt. 23 Oct. 1939 Son of Thomas and Mary Jane FINDLEY.
Stephen John JONES Srgt. 2/4 Btn Leicestershire Regt. 21 Dec 1918 Age 27, son of Richard and Emily Annie JONES.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in the county as well as a Civil Parish.
  • The parish was in the ancient Sparkenhoe Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • On 18 August, 1882, the parish was reduced in size to enlarge Shackerstone Civil Parish.
  • On 25 March, 1886, the parish was reduced to enlarge Barton in the Beans Civil Parish and Township.
  • On 25 March, 1886, the parish was reduced to enlarge Congerstone Civil Parish.
  • As a result of the three actions above, the parish went from 2,486 acres to 1,954 acres.
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to provide family history searches for you.
  • The Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council provides district governance.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • 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, Nailstone became part of the Market Bosworth Poorlaw Union.


For the most part, these figures are for the township of Nailstone, not the parish as a whole.

 Year Inhabitants
1801 492
1841 475
1871 367
1881 389
1891 341
1901 333
1911 346
1921 375
1931 349
1951 525
1961 580


  • A Public Elementary School (National School) was built here in 1828 for 111 children.
  • Trevor RICKARD has a photograph of the Old school building on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2010.