Potters Marston


Description in 1887:
"Potters Marston, township, Barwell par., Leicestershire, 4½ miles NE. of Hinckley, 280 ac., pop. 20."
[John Bartholomew's, "Gazetteer of the British Isles," 1887]



  • The parish was in the Enderby sub-district of the Blaby 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. Volume 4 covers the Enderby sub-district.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2258
1891 R.G. 12 / 2501

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church was restored in 1908.
  • The church seats only 36.
  • Christopher BLAKE has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on WIkipedia, taken in June, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register is kept at Barwell and dates from 1661, but the early years are damaged or imperfect.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Sparkenhoe (second portion).

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Potters Marston is a township, a small village and a parish 103 miles north of London, just 4.5 miles northeast of Hinckley, and 11 miles southwest of Leicester city. The parish covers 703 acres.

The village sits in the hills in southwest Leicestershire. If you are planning a visit:

  • The village is too small to appear on most small-scale (large area) maps.
You can see pictures of Potters Marston which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • We have a 1949 view from above of the Pipe Works on the South Leicestershire Railway Line.
  • Most of the male residents of the parish were either Framework Knitters or farmers.


  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of Potters Marston Hall on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2008.
  • Potters Marston Hall was used as a farmhouse in 1881 and occupied by Robert Hill INGLE.
  • The Hall was the ancestral home of the BOOTHBY family.


  • The national grid reference is SP 4996.
  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP497963 (Lat/Lon: 52.562682, -1.268921), Potters Marston which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry linked to Barwell parish until December, 1866.
  • In December, 1866, this place was incorporated as a modern Civil Parish.
  • As a chapelry, this place covered about 280 acres. As a Civil Parish, this increased to 703 acres.
  • The parish was in the ancient Sparkenhoe Hundred (Wapentake) in the Western (or Southern) division of the county.
  • The citizens of this parish have elected to forgo a formal Parish Council. They hold periodic Parish Meetings of all citizens to discuss civic and political matters.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Blaby Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Market Bosworth petty session hearings.


Year Inhabitants
1871 21
1881 20
1891 19
1901 21
1911 30
1921 32
1931 57


The children of this parish attended school in Croft parish.