Description in 1871:
"SHACKERSTONE, a township and a parish in Market-Bosworth district, Leicester. The township lies 3 miles N W of Market-Bosworth, and 5 W by S of Bagworth r. station; and has a postal pillar-box under Atherstone. Acres, 1,920. Real property, £1,930. Pop., 278. Houses, 62. The parish contains also Odstone hamlet, and comprises 2,653 acres. Pop., 462. Houses, 100. The manor belongs to Earl Howe. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £150. Patron, Earl Howe. The church is old but good. There are an endowed school with £17 a year, and charities £8."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72"].



The churchyard was closed for burials in in 1987. The Parish Council was able to open a new cemetery in 1993. It is a strip of land adjacent to the Churchyard but administered separately by the Parish Council.



  • 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.
1841 H.O. 107 / 603
1861 R.G. 9 / 2264 & 2265
1871 R.G. 10 / 3240

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church for Shackerstone is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church is considered "very old" and has a massive tower with 3 bells. The church was built before 1660.
  • The church seats 240.
  • Tim GLOVERS has a photograph of Shackerstone Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2003.
  • Christine MATTHEWS also has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1630.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Sparkenhoe (first portion).

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Shackerstone is a small village, a township and a parish about 108 miles north of London, 14 miles west of Leicester city, just 3 miles southwest of Ibstock, 4 miles northwest of Market Bosworth and 8 miles south of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The parish covers about 1,031 acres and includes the township of Odstone.

The River Sence runs along the east side of the village and the Ashby Canal runs along the northern edge of the village. If you are planning a visit:

  • Rail passenger service stopped here in 1931. Today the village is on the "Battlefield Line" to Bosworth.
  • By automobile, take the A447 to Ibstock and turn west onto the B586. Follow that for about a half mile to Heather and turn south. As you cross the Ashby Canal, you'll enter Shackerstone.
You can see pictures of Shackerstone which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • By the mid-1850s, the local coal mines had been worked out. Most of the inhabitants of this parish were farmers in the latter half of the 1800s.
  • By 1900 the village had a brickworks company.
  • The village had a wharf on the Ashby Canal.
  • Roger KIDD has a photograph of an ancient motte and bailey on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2010.
  • Christine MATTHEWS has a photograph of The Rising Sun Public House on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.
  • These are the names associated with the Rising Sun Inn in various directories:
Year  Person
1849 Thomas BARBER, maltster
1861 Samuel MASKELL, vict.
1881 Samuel MASKELL
1908 Mrs. Sarah MASKELL
1912 John BLOCKLEY


In the Elizabethan era the HALL family were prominent in the village. They occupied the hall next to the church, known as Shakerstone Mannor.



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK374068 (Lat/Lon: 52.657641, -1.448522), Shackerstone which are provided by:


Military History

During the Civil War, Shackerstone was near enough to Ashby de la Zouch to attract the attention of both parties. Parliamentary soldiers from Tamworth and Coventry stole horses, including a mare worth ten pounds from Mr. HALL.

There are three stained glass panels in a window of St. Peter's Church which are a memorial to those men lost in World War I. The memorial was dedicated in August 1920.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in the county as became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Sparkenhoe Hundred in the western division of the county.
  • On 18 August, 1882, the parish was enlarged by gaining part of Nailstone Civil Parish.
  • On 25 March, 1886, the parish was reduced to enlarge Congerstone Civil Parish.
  • On 1 April, 1935, a large number of parish realignments were mandated. This parish was enlarged by the abolition of four civil parishes; Barton in the Beans (846 acres), Bilstone (713 acres), Congerstone (814 acres), and Odstone (1,134 acres). The parish went from 1,186 acres to 4,693 acres.
  • You can contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they can't assist in family history searches.
  • 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, Shackerstone became part of the Market Bosworth Poorlaw Union.


For the most part, these figures are for the township of Shackerstone, not the parish.

 Year Inhabitants
1801 431
1841 524
1871 315
1881 288
1891 252
1901 277
1911 229
1921 258
1931 214
1961 712


  • The children of this parish attended schools in Congerton and Barton-in-the-Beans.