Description in 1871:
"TWYCROSS, a parish in Market-Bosworth district, Leicester; 5¼ miles NNE of Atherstone r. station. It has a post-office under Atherstone. Acres, 1,350. Real property, £3,002. Pop., 336. Houses, 69. The manor belongs to Earl Howe. The living is a donative in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £130. Patron, Earl Howe. The church is old but good. There is a national school."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72



David KELLY has a photograph of St. James' churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2018.



  • 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
1871 R.G. 10 / 3240
1891 R.G. 12 / 2506

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint James the Great.
  • The church dates from the 14th century.
  • The church seats 200.
  • John SALMON has a photograph of St. James the Great Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2003.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1583.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Sparkenhoe (first portion).

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Twycross is a village and a parish which lie on the road from Atherstone to Ashby, 108 miles north of London, about 8 miles south of Ashby-de-la-Zouch and 5 miles west of Market Bosworth. The parish covers about 1,580 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A444 trunk road north out of Nuneaton.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village sign on Sheepy Road Geo-graph, taken in February, 2008.
You can see pictures of Twycross which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



David ROGERS has a photograph of the Curzon Arms Public house on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2008. This is now the "Turpin's Bar and Grill".



  • Twycross House was the residence of Vicount Frederick CURZON in 1912.
  • Cliff House was the seat of William E. OAKELEY in 1881. It was built in the Swiss style, surrounded by lawn and having a good view of the countryside.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK338049 (Lat/Lon: 52.640797, -1.501936), Twycross which are provided by:


Military History

  • The war memorial is a Cornish granite Celtic cross that was unveiled in November, 1919.
  • David BARNES has a photograph of the War Memorial on the A444 on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2006.
  • The war memorial contains 5 names from World War I and one name from World War II.
  • You may want to read some wartime history at the Francis Frith website.

Politics & Government

  • The parish is in the ancient Sparkenhoe Hundred in the western division of the county.
  • In April, 1935, a number of parishes had their boundaries "adjusted". Gopsall parish was abolished and merged with Twycross parish. Also, Norton parish was abolished and merged with Twycross, as was Orton on the Hill. All this added about 4,000 acres to the area administered by Twycross parish authorities.
  • You may the local Twycross Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to provide family history searches for you.
  • 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, this parish became part of the Market Bosworth Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1871 340
1881 354
1891 350
1901 317
1911 248
1921 276
1931 269
1961 745


  • The Public Elementary School (National School) was endowed in 1765 by Charles JENNENS and built in 1822 to hold 80 children.