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Ibstock is a village and civil parish about 2.5 miles (4 km) south of Coalville in North West Leicestershire, England. The population of the civil parish was 5,760 at the 2001 census increasing to 6,201 at the 2011 census.[2]

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St Denys Church, Ibstock
Ibstock is located in Leicestershire
Location within Leicestershire
Population5,760 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSK4010
Civil parish
  • Ibstock
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townIBSTOCK
Postcode districtLE67
Dialling code01530
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament
WebsiteIbstock Parish Council
List of places
52°41′13″N 1°24′04″W / 52.687°N 1.401°W / 52.687; -1.401Coordinates: 52°41′13″N 1°24′04″W / 52.687°N 1.401°W / 52.687; -1.401

The village is on the A447 road Between Coalville and Hinckley.[3][4]

The toponym Ibstock could be a derivative of Ibestoche meaning the farmstead or hamlet of Ibba, which is an Old English personal name also found in other toponyms.[5]


The Domesday Book of 1086 records Ibstock as a hamlet with six ploughlands. The parish along with a grange held by the Cistercian Garendon Abbey, has a long early association with the Burtons of Bourton-on-Dunsmore in Warwickshire. Early in the 17th century Sir William Stafford of Blatherwick in Northamptonshire owned the manor of Ibstock.

Parish churchEdit

The Church of England parish church of Saint Denys was built entirely in the early 14th century.[6] It is a Decorated Gothic building with a west tower and recessed spire.[6] The nave has two aisles; the north with conventional octagonal piers but the south with less usual hexagonal ones.[6] The rectory is Georgian and has a porch with four Tuscan columns.[6]

William Laud, later Archbishop of Canterbury, supporter of the divine right of kings and author of the Laudian reforms held the living here 1617–26. At the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1642, John Lufton, then Rector of Ibstock, was accused in the House of Commons of interrupting the execution of the militia ordinance. His living was sequestrated by the County Committee[clarification needed] in August 1646.

The parish of Ibstock formerly included the dependent chapelries of Donington le Heath and Hugglescote but the increase of population led to the establishment of a separate ecclesiastical parish in the 19th century.

Economic and social historyEdit

Ralph Josselin, the noted clerical diarist and incumbent of a parish in Essex, briefly stayed in Ibstock during the English Civil War. On 17 September 1645 he marched from Leicester with the parliamentary army and quartered at Ibstock, noting that it had been "Laud's living, and now Dr Lovedyn a great Cavailier" and that although his diet was "very good" his lodgings were "indifferent". Josselin was alarmed to discover on his return the next day that a man had been killed just outside his lodgings near where he had stood closely a while before "not knowing of the pardue [sic] in the ditch".[7]

In 1774 the township was enclosed and in 1792 a free school for fifty poor children of the parish was founded. The 1801 Census gives a total population of 763, in 152 families, two-thirds engaged in agriculture, the rest in trade and manufacturing. By 1811 the population had increased to 836.

Ibstock is a former coal mining community and also has historical and current manufacturing plants that produce tiles, bricks, boots and shoes, and light engineering.[8]

In the 19th century a branch of the Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway was built through the area and Heather & Ibstock railway station was opened to serve the village. Passenger services ended in 1931, with the line through to Coalville East closing completely in 1964, prior to the publication of the Reshaping of British Railways report.[9] The station master's house on Station Road survives.

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ "Area selected: North West Leicestershire (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  3. ^ OS Explorer Map 245: The National Forest :(1:25 000) :ISBN 0 319 24028 2
  4. ^ Map Details retrieved 11 April 2013
  5. ^ Mills, A. D. (2011). "Ibstock". A Dictionary of British Place Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199609086. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d Pevsner, 1960, page 125
  7. ^ Diary, p. 46[clarification needed]
  8. ^ Helicon, ed. (2016). "Ibstock". The Hutchinson unabridged encyclopedia with atlas and weather guide (Online). Abington, UK: Helicon. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  9. ^ KINGSCOTT, Geoffrey (2006) Lost Railways of Leicestershire and Rutland. Countryside Books; Page 58
  10. ^ McLean, Craig (25 June 2001). "All right Jaxx". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  11. ^ "Football: Ken Burditt". Football Database. 14 February 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2018.

Sources and further readingEdit

External linksEdit

Ibstock Historical Society