Description in 1871:
"ODESTONE, a hamlet in Shackerstone parish, Leicester; on an affluent of the river Anker, and on the Ashby-de-la-Zouch canal, 3¼ miles N by W of Market-Bosworth. Acres, 733. Real property, £2,988. Pop., 184. Houses, 38. The manor belongs to Earl Howe."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72



  • 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 / 603
1861 R.G. 9 / 2265
1871 R.G. 10 / 3241
1891 R.G. 12 / 2507

Church History

  • For centuries there was no Anglican church here and residents had to go to the parish church at Thornton.
  • The present Anglican parish church was built of local granite in 1908.
  • The church is dedicated to Saint Mary and All Saints.
  • The church seats 120.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1560.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Akeley (southern division).
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here before 1849.
  • The Congregational chapel was built in 1833 and could seat 100.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Odstone is a village, a chapelry and a parish which lie about 115 miles north of London and 3 miles north of Market Bosworth. The parish covered about 1,097 acres.

Most of the houses in the village are constructed of red brick. If you are planning a visit:

  • There is still a railway line to the village, but passenger service may have been abandoned.
  • Visit Bardon Quarry to check out the local wildlife and the billabarra reserve.
  • By automobile, take the M1 north out of Leicester city to the #22 intersection with the A50 trunk road. Turn left onto the A50, then left again at the next exit which should take you directly into Odstone.
You can see pictures of Odstone which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Granite was quarried here in the 1800s.
  • In the 1800s, most male residents of the parish either worked the small farms or were employed in the quarry.


Odstone Hall was the residence of Les JAMES in 1912.

Trevor RICKARD has a photograph of the Manor (side view) on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2011.



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK393078 (Lat/Lon: 52.666496, -1.420316), Odstone which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This ancient Chapelry in Shackerstone parish was incorporated as its own Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The parish is in the ancient Sparkenhoe Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • In April, 1935, this Civil Parish was abolished and all 1,134 acres were amalgamated with Shackerstone Civil Parish.

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 reforms, this parish became part of the Market Bosworth Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1871 174
1881 192
1891 170
1901 154
1911 142
1921 165
1931 142


  • A National School (later a Public Elementary School) was built here in 1865 for 110 children.
  • A Council School was built here in 1909 for 150 children. The school above was then used as an infants school.
  • The Council School has a web site but I could find no history there.