Description in 1871:
"SHENTON, a chapelry, with a village, in Market-Bosworth parish, Leicester; 5½ miles ENE of Atherstone r. station. It has a post-office under Nuneaton, and comprises 1,483 acres. Real property, £2,444. Pop., 206. Houses, 42. The manor, with S. Hall, belongs to Major F. Wollaston. The living is annexed to Market-Bosworth. The church was rebuilt in 1862; and is in the decorated English style, and cruciform. Charities, £5."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72"]./p>



  • 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 is dedicated to Saint John the Evangelist (sometimes given as "St. John the Devine").
  • The church was built in 1861 (or 1862) on the site of a former chapel on Bosworth Road.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of St John's Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2013.
  • John SALMON also has a photograph of St John's Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2012.
  • The churchyard contains some headstones from the 1700s.
  • The church is still in use and in normally kept unlocked.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1625.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Sparkenhoe (second 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

Shenton is a small village, a township and a parish about 102 miles north of London, just 2.5 miles south-west of Market Bosworth and 5 miles north of Nuneaton.

If you are planning a visit:

  • This place is just off the M1 at the southern end of Leicestershire. The "Bosworth Field" battle visitors' center is located in the village.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008. Perhaps you could offer a more artistic or elegant sign for the village.
You can see pictures of Shenton which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



Bosworth Field is just east of Shenton. There is a Memorial to King Richard III, photographed by Bill SIBLEY on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2007.



Shenton Hall is an ancient manor built in the Elizabethan style, in a pleasant park, with a fine sheet of writer in front; and near to the centre of the village.

William WOLLASTON purchased the manor in 1625.

Mat FASCIONE has a close-up of the Manor House on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK387003 (Lat/Lon: 52.598877, -1.430454), Shenton which are provided by:


Military History

  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2013.
  • John SALMON has a photograph of the memorial to Admiral Alexander D. Y. ARBUTHNOTT on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2012. Spelling of the last name varies from source to source. The Admiral had served as a midshipman on the HMS Mars at the Battle of Trafalgar. The Admiral died here in 1871 at age 82.
  • Col. Frederick William WOLLASTON (1762 - 1849) of Shenton Hall was an officer of the 22nd Light Dragoons. The Colonel lived in Shenton Hall in 1849.

Here are the WOLLASTONs in 1861 (in Shenton, LEI):

Relationship Name Sex Age Where born
Head Frederick WOLLASTON M 56 Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
wife Josephine WOLLASTON F 33 France
daughter Catherine WOLLASTON F 9 Shenton, Leicestershire
son Frederick E. WOLLASTON M 7 Shenton, Leicestershire
daughter Josephine E. WOLLASTON F 0 Shenton, Leicestershire
brother Henry J. WOLLASTON M 55 Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Father In Law Alexander D ASHENHURST M 64 Hampshire
Mother In Law Catherine ASHENHURST F 56 Ireland
servant Thomas BROWN M 42 Hickling, Nottinghamshire
governess Frances MOGG F 29 Somerset
servant Joseph BROADSTOCK M 19 Stretton, Leicestershire
servant Susanna DIMBLEBEE F 24 Leicester
servant Sarah JACQUES F 44 Lount, Leicestershire
servant Elizabeth PERRY F 23 Atherstone, Warwickshire
servant Harriot BROOM F 25 Loddington, Leicestershire
servant George ASHLEY M 36 Wentworth, Yorkshire

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Market Bosworth parish in the county and was incorporated as a separate modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The parish was in the ancient Sparkenhoe Hundred in the western division of the county.
  • On 1 April, 1935, this Civil Parish was abolished and all 1,547 acres were amalgamated with Sutton Cheney Civil Parish.
  • District governance is provided by the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.

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, Shenton became part of the Market Bosworth Poorlaw Union.


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

 Year Inhabitants
1871 273
1881 210
1891 201
1901 170
1911 181
1921 141

Probate Records

Frederick WOLLASTON left a Will in 1879 that mentions: Edward Ottley WOLLASTON.