Description in 1887:
"Osbaston, township, Cadeby par., Leicestershire, 1½ mile NE. of Market Bosworth, 1230 ac., pop. 219; contains Osbaston Hall, seat."
John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887"



  • The parish was in the Market Bosworth 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.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2263
1871 R.G. 10 / 3239
1891 R.G. 12 / 2506

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church here was destroyed by 1848.
  • The members of the parish attended church in either Cadeby or Market Bosworth.

Church Records

  • One should search the registers of both Cadeby and Market Bosworth.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Osbaston is a village and a parish which lies 114 miles north of London, just off the road (the A447) between Ibstock and Hinckley. The parish is just south of Barlestone and covers about 1,300 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A447 trunk road north out of Hinckley and cross the B585 arterial. Obastion will be about 2/3 of a mile on the right.
  • Just north of Osbaston, just outside of Barlestone, is the Osblaston Toll Gate on the A447 trunk road.
You can see pictures of Osbaston which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Osbaston Hall is a large brick manor in the Elizabethan style and was the residence of Miss COPE in 1849.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of Osbaston Hall on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2009.
  • Mat FASCIONE also has a photograph of the 'Disused gates' for Osbaston Hall on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2009.
  • Cliff House was the seat of William E. OAKELEY in 1881. It was built in the Swiss style, surrounded by lawn and having a good view of the countryside.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK425043 (Lat/Lon: 52.634793, -1.373451), Osbaston which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place was a township in the two parishes of Cadeby and Market Bosworth until December, 1866, when it was formed as a Civil Parish.
  • The parish is in the ancient Sparkenhoe Hundred in the western division of the county.
  • You may contact the local Osbaston Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they will NOT perform family history research for you.
  • The Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council provide 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, this parish became part of the Market Bosworth Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1841 200
1871 221
1881 219
1891 226
1901 249
1911 307
1921 325
1931 292
1951 211
1961 160


  • The children of this parish attended schools in Barlestone, Bosworth and Cadeby.