Stoke Golding


Description in 1871:
"STOKE-GOLDING, a chapelry in Hinckley parish, Leicester; on the Ashby-de-la-Zouch canal, 3¼ miles N W of Hinckley r. station. Post town, Hinckley. Acres, 1,237. Real property, £3,450. Pop., 638. Houses, 144. The manor belongs to N. Hurst, Esq. Framework-knitting is carried on. The living is a p. curacy, with Dadlington, in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £350. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. The church is of the time of Edward I., with tower and spire; and has been thoroughly repaired. There are a free school with £106 a year, and charities £50."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72".



  • The Cemetery of 1.5 acres was formed in 1883 and was under the control of the Parish Council.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the entrance to Hinckley Road Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2008.


  • The parish was in the Hinckley sub-district of the Hinckley 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 and Volume 6 covers the Burbage and Earl Shilton Sub-District which includes Stoke Golding.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 601
1861 R.G. 9 / 2261
1871 R.G. 10 / 3237
1891 R.G. 12 / 2504

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Margaret of Antioch.
  • The church was built in the early 13th century.
  • The Anglican ecclesiastical parish was formed out of Hinckley's in 1865.
  • The church chancel was rebuilt in 1882.
  • The church seats about 230.
  • Stefan CZAPSKI has a photograph of St. Margaret's Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.
  • Chris STAFFORD also has a photograph of St Margaret's Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2006.
  • Photographs of the church may also be found at Stoke Golding Village website.
  • St Martin's Dominican Convent was established in Stoke Golding in 1948. The convent was the object of arson a few years ago which destroyed much of the building. The convent closed in December 2011.
  • Stephen McKay has a photograph of St. Martin's Convent on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register includes Dadlington and dates from 1656 for baptisms, 1661 for marriages and 1657 for burials.
  • The original records are held at the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland.
  • The Salt Lake Family History Library has a microfilm of the Bishop's Transcripts for 1562 through 1846.
  • The church was in the rural Sparkenhoe deanery (second portion).
  • The Particular Baptist chapel was built in 1853 and enlarged in 1874.
  • The Primitive Methodist chapel was built in 1857 and was replaced by a larger chapel in 1905.
  • In 1932 the Primitive Methodists joined with the Wesleyans and the United Methodists to share one Methodist Church. This new chapel opened in 1933.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Stoke Golding is a village and was a parish and a chapelry 3 miles northwest of Hinckley, 4 miles north of Nuneaton, 100 miles north of London and 5 miles south of Market Bosworth. The parish covered 1,291 acres.

The village lies in a curve of the Ashby Canal to the west. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A5 west out of Hinckley and turn right onto the A444. About one mile later, turn right at Fenny Drayton onto the old Roman Road out to Stoke Golding.
  • An alternative route would be to take the A447 south out of Ibstock. Turn right at Stapleton and head west past Dadlington to Stoke Golding.
  • To familiarise you with the village, they have their own Website for your review.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the village sign on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2013.
  • You should stop by the Village Hall and request a schedule of forth-coming events.
You can see pictures of Stoke Golding which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The last of the battles of the Wars of the Roses was fought near here. The Battle of Bosworth Field was fought at Redmoor on 22 August, 1485. Some remains of entrenchments are still visible in the field.
  • Most of the workers in the village were frame-work knitters.
  • Boots and shoe-heels were also made here.
  • The village had a bone-meal factory in the 1800s.
  • Electricity came to the village in the 1920s.
  • The current Village Hall was opened in 1961.
  • Michael GARLICK has a photograph of the White Swan P.H. on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2006.
  • Proprietors of the White Swan from various Directories:
Year  Person
1925 George BEASLEY
  • Nigel COX has a photograph of the George and Dragon P.H. on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2013.
  • Proprietors of the George and Dragon from various Directories:
Year  Person
1925 Kimberlin GEARY
  • Nigel COX has a photograph of the Three Horseshoes P.H. on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2013.
  • Proprietors of the Three Horse Shoes from various Directories:
Year  Person
1925 Charles LOVELL


  • There is mention that there was a Hall here, apparently gone by 1881.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP398970 (Lat/Lon: 52.569375, -1.41422), Stoke Golding which are provided by:


Military History

Michael GARLICK has a photograph of the Church Spire on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2016. The spire was taken down in World War II at the request of the US Air Force who had a base nearby. It was not put back together properly.

Mat FASCIONE's photograph of the Cemetery (above) shows the War Memorial in the center of that image. The memorial was placed in the cemetery in September 1921.

There is a good close-up photograph of the War Memorial on the Yorkshire WW1 site, taken in May, 2006.


Military Records

The inscriptions on the memorial are listed at the Imperial War Museum site.

You can also see the inscriptions at the Leicestershire County Council site.;

In 1925 Captain Charles Daniel FINCH-KNIGHTLEY is noted as a Justice of the Peace who is living in the parish. He would later become the 10th Earl of Aylesford. He had married Aileen J. C. BOYLE In Bengal, India, on 7 Feb 1918 while on military service in Calcutta.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient chapelry in Hinckley parish of the county. It became an ecclesiastical parish in 1865.
  • In December, 1866, this chapelry was formed as a Civil Parish and remained so until 1935.
  • The parish lies in the Sparkenhoe Hundred in the southern (or western) division of the county.
  • In April, 1935, this Civil Parish was abolished and 389 acres given to Higham on the Hill Civil Parish and the remaining 902 acres given back to Hinckley Civil Parish.
  • The citizens are currently represented by the Parish Council, who you may contact regarding civic and political issues. They are NOT staffed to answer your family history questions.
  • The Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council provide district governance.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Hinckley Poorlaw Union in 1851.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Market Bosworth petty sessional hearings.


 Year Inhabitants
1841 663
1871 648
1881 551
1891 619
1901 625
1911 613
1921 628
1931 731


  • A Free School for boys was founded here in 1678 by Mrs. Hester HODGES. The school house was almost entirely rebuilt in 1841.
  • A Public Elementary School was built in 1868 to replace the above and this school was shared with Dadlington parish.
  • A Public Elementary School for infants was built in 1898 for 88 children.
  • St. Martin's Roman Catholic School started here in 1948.