Hinckley, Leicestershire Genealogy

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Guide to Hinckley, Leicestershire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
Hinckley, Leicestershire
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St Mary Hinckley, Leicestershire
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Sparkenhoe
County Leicestershire
Poor Law Union Hinckley
Registration District Hinckley; Market Bosworth
Records begin
Parish registers: 1554
Bishop's Transcripts: 1570
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Sparkenhoe
Diocese Peterborough
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Leicester
Location of Archive
Leicestershire Record Office

Parish History

HINCKLEY (St. Mary), a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, chiefly in the hundred of Sparkenhoe, county of Leicester, but partly in the S. division of the hundred of Knightlow and of the county of Warwick; comprising the chapelries of Dadlington and Stoke-Golding, and the hamlet of Wykin. There are places of worship for General Baptists, Independents,Wesleyans, and Unitarians. [1]

In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Hinckley like this:

Hinckley, market town, par., and township, with ry. sta. partly in Warwickshire. but chiefly in S. Leicestershire, 14½ miles SW. of Leicester.


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

Deposited records are found at the Leicester and Rutland Record Office

Contact: The Record Office
Telephone: 0116 2571080
Fax: 0116 2571120
E-mail: recordoffice@leics.gov.uk

Diocese of Leicester: Hinckley St Mary Bap 1554 - 1939 Marr 1554 – 1991 (Banns to1990) Bur 1554 - 1905
Hinckley St Paul Bap 1911 - 1939 This building was used for worship until its demolition in about 1994, the proposed permanent church never having been built. Private housing now occupies the site.

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Poor Law Unions

Hinckley Poor Law Union, Leicestershire

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Leicestershire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.



  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 514-518. Date accessed: 17 August 2012.