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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. 
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--par., 6190 ac., pop. 8934; township and town, pop. 7673; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Monday. Hinckley is an ancient town, on the line of Watling Street. It was made a barony soon after the Conquest. The chief object of interest is the Gothic church of St Mary, which has been restored. Hosiery is the staple trade, but there is also a thriving industry in the mfr. of boots and shoes. Interesting Roman relics abound in and about the town.
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.
Deposited records are found at the Leicester and Rutland Record Office
Contact: The Record Office
Telephone: 0116 2571080
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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.
Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection
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. The first film number is 438748.
Poor Law Unions
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.
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