Description in 1871:
"STAPLETON, a chapelry in Barwell parish, Leicester; 3¾ miles NNE of Hinckley r. station. Post town, Hinckley. Acres, 1,380. Real property, £2,405. Pop., 240. Houses, 53. The manor belongs to Mrs. Heaford. The living is annexed to Barwell. The church is old, and has a tower and spire."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72"].



  • 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. Volume 2 includes Stapleton which has been published on microfiche only.
  • 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 was dedicated to Saint Martin.
  • Pevsner tells us that the church was originally built around 1300.
  • The church was listed in 1841 as a small old building with tower and spire.
  • The church was restored in 1904.
  • The church seats about 100.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of St. Martin's Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1661 for baptisms, 1654 for marriages and 1652 for burials. Early portions are in very poor condition.
  • Researchers should check the registers of Barwell as well.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Sparkenhoe (second portion).
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel built here in 1852.

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

Stapleton is a village, a township, a chapelry and a parish standing 5 miles south of Market Bosworth and 3 miles north of Hinckley. The parish covered 1,380 acres.

The village is on the old Hinckley to Ashby road (now the A447). If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A447 north out of Hinckley for about 3 miles. The road passes down the eastern edge of the village.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008. You may stop in and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.
You can see pictures of Stapleton which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Richard III encamped near this village on the eve of the Battle of Bosworth Field, 22 August 1485.
  • This was farm country with some light brickmaking as well.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Nag's head public house on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.


  • There is a mention of Stapleton manor used as a farmer's residence in 1912.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP436988 (Lat/Lon: 52.585266, -1.357922), Stapleton which are provided by:


Military History

There is a stone plinth outside of St. Martin's church which was dedicated as a war memorial after World War I.


Politics & Government

  • Stapleton was an ancient chapelry in Barwell parish in Leicester county and became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The parish lies in the Sparkenhoe Hundred (Wapentake) in the southern division of the county.
  • In 1935, this Civil Parish was abolished and all 1,365 acres merged with Peckleton Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

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


 Year Inhabitants
1841 245
1871 199
1881 204
1891 221
1901 184
1911 227
1921 215
1931 252


  • A National School (later called a Public Elementary School) was built here in 1847 to accomodate 40 children.