Description in 1871:
"SIBSON, or Sibstone, a parish, with two townships and two hamlets, in Market-Bosworth district, Leicester, 4 miles NE of Atherstone r. station. Post town, Atherstone. Acres, 3,817. Real property, £6,056. Pop., 480. Houses, 98. The property is divided among a few. A Roman settlement was at Wellesborough. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £1,150. Patron, Pembroke College, Oxford. The church is ancient but good. There is a national school."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-1872".



  • 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 / 2263
1871 R.G. 10 / 3239
1891 R.G. 12 / 2506

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church here was dedicated to Saint Botolph. (Some sources say Saint Barnabas.)
  • The church was built in Norman times.
  • The church was restored in 1872.
  • The church has a massive stone tower at the west end. The tower was repaired in 1898.
  • The church seats 300.
  • Geoff PICK has a photograph of St. Botolph's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2003.

Church Records

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Sparkenhoe (first portion).
  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1559, but early sections have been damaged.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Sibson (or Sibstone) is a village, a township and a parish which lies about 106 miles north of London, 4 miles north-east of Atherstone and 4 miles south-west of Market Bosworth. The parish covered about 3,800 acres at its largest (and 2,600 acres in recent decades) and included the hamlets of Wellsborough, Upton and Temple-Hall The River Tweed runs through the parish to join the River Sence.

Wellsborough hamlet is just over a mile north of Sibson village. It contains the Natsopa Memorial Home, a memorial to printers who fell in the Great War, 1914-1918. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A444 trunk road north out of Nuneaton or south-east out of Burton on Trent. About a mile south of the B585 crossing (where you'll find the hamlet of Wellsborough) lies Sibson.
  • Wellsborough was a Roman settlement and is worth a visit.
You can see pictures of Sibson which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



It is said that Dick Turpin the famous Highway Robber used to visit the Cock Inn, here seen on Geograph, taken in May, 2005 by Andy and Hilary.



  • The web page author was unable to find mention of a Hall or Manor House in the parish.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK355008 (Lat/Lon: 52.603832, -1.477253), Sibson which are provided by:


Military History

There is a World War I war memorial inside the church, but I could not find a description or transcription.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicestershire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish is in the ancient Sparkenhoe Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • In April, 1935, this parish was abolished and the area of 2,602 acres amalgamated with Sheepy 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, this parish became part of the Market Bosworth Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1821 483
1841 504
1871 301
1881 278
1891 272
1901 248
1911 258
1921 258
1931 264


  • A Public Elementary School (National School) was built here in 1839, when Queen Adelaide laid the first stone. It was designed to hold 60 children.