Hinckley and Bosworth

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Borough of Hinckley and Bosworth
Hinckley and Bosworth UK locator map.svg
Shown within Leicestershire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East Midlands
Administrative county Leicestershire
Admin. HQ Hinckley
  TypeHinckley and Bosworth Borough Council
   Leadership:Leader (Stuart Bray) and Cabinet
  Executive: Liberal Democrats
   MPs: Luke Evans & Edward Argar (Groby Ward only)
  Total114.8 sq mi (297.3 km2)
Area rank 133rd
 (mid-2019 est.)
  Rank Ranked 212th
  Density990/sq mi (380/km2)
Time zone UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST) UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code 31UE (ONS)
E07000132 (GSS)
Ethnicity97.9% White
Website hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk

Hinckley and Bosworth is a local government district with borough status in south-western Leicestershire, England, administered by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council. Its only towns are Hinckley, Earl Shilton and Market Bosworth. Villages include Barwell, Burbage, Stoke Golding, Groby, Shackerstone and Twycross. The population of the Borough at the 2011 census was 105,078. [1]


As of the 2019 local election, the council is controlled by the Liberal Democrats. [2]

The district is broadly coterminous to the Bosworth parliamentary constituency, which is represented in Parliament by Luke Evans (Conservative).

The Borough was formed in 1974 by the merger of the Hinckley Urban District and the Market Bosworth Rural District less Ibstock. It was originally to be known as Bosworth, but the council changed its name on 20 November 1973, before it came into its powers. It was granted borough status in 1974.


There are a number of geographical features which shape the landscape of Hinckley & Bosworth.

Two large neighbouring urban areas lie to the south of the borough: Hinckley and Burbage and Barwell and Earl Shilton. A narrow green wedge separates the two conurbations, which is increasingly being occupied by leisure facilities such as the Marston's Stadium and a new leisure centre. [3] To the east of the wedge lies Burbage Common and Woods, a large popular green recreational area.

The west of the borough is largely flat in nature, dominated by the River Sence flood plain. This area of the borough is largely rural, consisting of a number of very small villages and hamlets.

At the northern and eastern edges of the borough lie several settlements (including Bagworth, Desford, Groby, Markfield, Ratby and Thornton) which largely relate to Leicester; in particular the most northern villages have little to do with the main administrative centre of Hinckley. The northern area of the borough also forms part of Charnwood Forest, an area which it is hoped can be enhanced to provide an attractive natural resource. [4]

Places of interest

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The framework knitters cottages, Hinckley


The only railway station in the borough on the National Rail network is Hinckley railway station on the South Leicestershire Line opened by the LNWR between 1862 and 1864. Currently there are direct services to Birmingham New Street and Leicester only with additional services to/from Cambridge and Stansted Airport in the peak.

There was also a branch line serving the market town of Market Bosworth which connected both Nuneaton and Hinckley to both Coalville and Ashby. The line closed to regular traffic in 1970 and is now part of the Battlefield Line. There was also a small stub to Hinckley but was never opened or used. There was also a stub to Nuneaton via Stoke Golding.

The last line that runs through part the borough is the Leicester to Burton Line which had a station in Desford, the station closed in 1964 but the line remains open for traffic. The station also served as a junction for the branch line to Leicester West Bridge on the now defunct Swannington and Leicester Railway. Although the section from Desford to Swannington remains open for freight traffic.


Hinckley and Bosworth is the second largest borough by population in Leicestershire [7] and has seen significant population growth over recent decades; a trend forecast to continue at least into the short-medium term.

Population growth in Hinckley and Bosworth
Census [8] ONS [9] ONS Projections [10]

Political control

Like many other shire districts, authority over Hinckley and Bosworth is shared between the district council and the county council. Areas of responsibility of the district council include local planning, building control, council housing, refuse collection, recycling, and some leisure services and parks.

The district council is made up of 34 councillors who are elected every four years; the last election took place in May 2019. [2] The council is currently under control of the Liberal Democrats who took control from the Conservatives at that election.

The current composition of the council is as follows:

PartySeats [11]
Liberal Democrats 21
Conservative 11
Labour 2


Related Research Articles

Hinckley Town in Leicestershire, England

Hinckley is a market town in southwest Leicestershire, England. It is administered by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council. Hinckley is the second largest town in the administrative county of Leicestershire, after Loughborough.

Barwell Human settlement in England

Barwell is a civil parish and large village in Leicestershire, England, with a population of around 8,750 people, Increasing to 9,022 at the 2011 census, the name literally translates as "Stream of the Boar" and is said to originate from a boar that used to drink from the well near a brook in Barwell. It was originally known as Borewell, but later became "Barwell", the name in use today. The brook is now called the River Tweed, and is a tributary of the River Trent.

Market Bosworth Market town in Leicestershire, England

Market Bosworth is a small market town and civil parish in western Leicestershire, England. At the 2001 Census, it had a population of 1,906, increasing to 2,097 at the 2011 census. It is most famously near to the site of the decisive final battle of the Wars of the Roses.

Dadlington Human settlement in England

Dadlington is a hamlet administered by Hinckley and Bosworth District Council in Leicestershire, England. It is situated between Hinckley, Market Bosworth and Nuneaton.

Sutton Cheney Human settlement in England

Sutton Cheney is a village and civil parish in the borough of Hinckley and Bosworth in the county of Leicestershire, England, near the county border with Warwickshire. In addition to the village of Sutton Cheney itself, the civil parish also contains the villages of Dadlington and Shenton, a number of farms, and the location of the Battle of Bosworth. Its closest large towns are Nuneaton and Hinckley. Its closest market town is Market Bosworth.

Battlefield Line Railway Heritage railway line in Leicestershire, England

The Battlefield Line Railway is a heritage railway in Leicestershire, England. It runs from Shackerstone to Shenton, via Market Bosworth, a total of 5 miles (8.0 km). Shenton is near Bosworth Field,, giving the railway its name.

Bosworth (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1885 onwards

Bosworth is a constituency represented since 2019 by Luke Evans, a Conservative.

Stapleton, Leicestershire Human settlement in England

Stapleton is a village in south-west Leicestershire, England, about ten miles south-west of Leicester city centre. Its population was 427 people at the 2001 census. The population at the 2011 census was included in the civil parish of Peckleton

Ratby Human settlement in England

Ratby is a commuter village and civil parish in the Hinckley and Bosworth district of Leicestershire, England. It is situated to the west of Leicester, and just south of the M1 motorway. The population of the civil parish was measured in the 2011 census as 4,468. Other nearby places include Field Head, Kirby Muxloe, Glenfield and Markfield. The proximity of Ratby to Leicester causes it to form part of the Leicester Urban Area.

Snarestone Human settlement in England

Snarestone is a small rural village in North West Leicestershire, England.

Stoke Golding Human settlement in England

Stoke Golding is a village and civil parish in the Hinckley and Bosworth district of Leicestershire, England, close to the county border with Warwickshire. According to the 2001 census, the total population was 1,721 in just over 700 houses. The population at the 2011 census was 1,684 in 723 households. The village is 16 miles (26 km) from the city of Leicester, about 3 miles (4.8 km) northwest of Hinckley and 4 miles (6.4 km) from Fenny Drayton. The village is bordered on one side by the Ashby Canal, well-used for recreational purposes.

The Leicestershire Senior League is a football competition based in Leicestershire, England.

Shenton human settlement in United Kingdom

Shenton is a hamlet in west Leicestershire, lying about two miles south-west of Market Bosworth. The hamlet is included in the civil parish of Sutton Cheney and is part of Hinckley and Bosworth District. Shenton was formerly a chapelry and township of the parish of Market Bosworth. The settlement is almost entirely agricultural, containing several farms. Much of the land has been in the same family since William Wollaston purchased the manor in 1625. It is essentially a privately owned estate village and has seen comparatively little modern development. It has been designated a conservation area.

River Sence river in west Leicestershire, England

The River Sence is a river which flows in Leicestershire, England. The tributaries of the Sence, including the Saint and Tweed, fan out over much of western Leicestershire from Charnwood Forest and Coalville in the north-east to Hinckley and almost to Watling Street in the south and south-west. Its watershed almost coincides with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough of Leicestershire, which was formed in 1974 by amalgamation of Market Bosworth Rural District and Hinckley Urban District. It flows into the Anker, which in turn flows into the River Tame. It is part of the wider River Trent catchment, which covers much of central England. In 1881, Sebastian Evans wrote that the usual names for this river were Shenton Brook and Sibson Brook.

Newtown Unthank Human settlement in England

Newtown Unthank is a hamlet in the Hinckley and Bosworth district of Leicestershire about 6 miles (10 km) west of Leicester. It is in the civil parish of Desford and about a mile northeast of the village.

Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway

The Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway was a pre-grouping railway company in the English Midlands. Construction began in 1869 and the railway was opened in 1873. The railway was built to serve the Leicestershire coalfield. It linked Moira and Coalville Town with Nuneaton.


  1. "Borough population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  2. 1 2 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/c34kqdk9qwqt/hinckley-and-bosworth-borough-council
  3. Press release about a new Leisure Centre on the A47 [ permanent dead link ]
  4. Charnwood Forest information
  5. Burbage Common and Woods information at HBBC [ permanent dead link ]
  6. Shackerstone Diesel Group
  7. excluding the City of Leicester part of Ceremonial Leicestershire
  8. Vision of Britain through time
  9. mid year estimate
  10. ONS population projections 2014 base / projections uplifted by '21-1000/'31-1,000 given underestimation at 2016 - 1,000/
  11. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/c7z584nenw1t/oadby-and-wigston-borough-council

Coordinates: 52°36′45″N1°21′13″W / 52.61250°N 1.35361°W / 52.61250; -1.35361