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Markfield, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Markfield, a village and a parish in Leicestershire. The village stands 3 miles SE of Bardon Hill station on the Leicester and Burton branch of the M.R., and 7½ NW of Leicester, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Leicester. The parish comprises 2303 acres; population of the civil parish, 1439; of the ecclesiastical, 1373. The manor belongs to the Countess of Stamford and War-rington. Granite is quarried on an extensive scale. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; net value, £295 with residence. The church is a building of stone in the Early English and Decorated styles, with tower and spire and was rebuilt and enlarged in 1865. There are Congregational, Wesleyan, and Primitive Methodist chapels, a cemetery, opened in 1887, with a chapel, and some small charities. A church mission room was built in 1892 for the hamlet of Shaw Lane.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyLeicestershire 
Ecclesiastical parishMarkfield St. Michael 
Poor Law unionMarket-Bosworth 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.


Markfield cemetery, a quarter of a mile from the village, and opened in 1887, covers an area of one and a half acres, with one mortuary chapel.

Church Records

The parish registers date from the year 1573, but are imperfect.

Findmypast, in association with the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, have the following parish records online for Markfield:



The church of St. Michael is a building of stone in the Early English and Decorated styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower, with spire, containing 5 bells: in 1865 the church was restored and enlarged, and a chancel added: the stained east window was inserted in 1920 in memory of the men of this parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18; and the west window in 1927 in memory of Alderman W. Tidd, patron of the living: there are 327 sittings.

There is a Congregational chapel here, built in 1852 to seat 170.

There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Markfield from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Leicestershire is online.


Online maps of Markfield are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Leicestershire newspapers online:

Parochial History

In 1885, by Local Government Board Order, a detached part of Markfield was transferred to Charley, and a detached part of Newton Linford, in Loughborough union, added to Markfield.

DistrictHinckley and Bosworth
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtLE67