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Nailstone, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Nailstone, a village, a township, and a parish in Leicestershire. The village stands on a branch of the river Anker, 3 miles NNE of Market Bosworth, and 2½ WSW of Bagworth station on the Leicester and Burton branch of the M.R., and has a post and telegraph office under Nuneaton; money order office, Ibstock. The township includes the village, and extends into the country. It comprises 1954 acres; population, 341. The parish contains also the townships of Barton-in-the-Beans and Normanton-le-Heath, both of which are noticed separately. It comprises 4166 acres; population, 653; population of the ecclesiastical parish of Nailstone, with Barton-in-the-Beans, 519. There is a parish council consisting of five members. The manor of Nailstone and Barton belongs to Earl Howe, and that of Normanton belongs to Lord Belper. Coal was discovered in Nailstone township in 1863, and shafts for working it were formed in 1864, and the colliery now gives employment to about 300 workers. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; gross value, £304 with residence. Patron, the Crown. The church, a building of stone and rubble, chiefly in the Late Decorated style, consists of chancel, nave, N aisle, S porch, and a western tower and spire. The rectory of Normanton is a separate benefice. There are a Baptist chapel at Barton and a Wesleyan chapel at Normanton.

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 parishNailstone All Saints 
Poor Law unionMarket-Bosworth 

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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DistrictHinckley and Bosworth
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtCV13
Post TownNuneaton