Carlton, Leicestershire

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St Andrew's Church, Carlton
Carlton is located in Leicestershire
Carlton shown within Leicestershire
Population 305 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SK394051
Civil parish
  • Carlton
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CV13
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places
52°38′34″N 1°25′05″W / 52.6427°N 1.4180°W / 52.6427; -1.4180Coordinates: 52°38′34″N 1°25′05″W / 52.6427°N 1.4180°W / 52.6427; -1.4180
Total Population Change in Carlton between 1881 and 2011 according to collected Census data.
A map of Carlton, 1940, British War Office

Carlton is a small rural parish located East of the river Sence in Leicestershire, England, around 2.2 miles North of Market Bosworth. According to the 2011 Census, Carlton has a population of 305[1] However, from 2014 it is estimated that there are around 330 people living there with a total of 283 registered electors.[2] There are four roads in Carlton:

  • Main Street (where most of the population is centred)
  • Barton Road (at the east end of the village leading south to Market Bosworth and north to Barton-in-the-Beans)
  • Congerstone Lane (at the west end of the village)
  • Shackerstone Walk (formerly Occupation Road).

Village life[edit]

Main Street, Carlton
photographed in August 2008

The village has a strong community spirit, and there are regular parties and fundraising events for causes such as the church. There is an Investment Club which meets in members' houses once a month. The local fox hunt often meets in one of the farms on Shackerstone Walk. The Community also gets involved in other events such as the spring clean litter pick[3] which has been going on annually since 1992. the day involves the clearing of all roads and verges leading up to the village to welcome spring. Most recently a total of 30 local people took part.

occupational structure in Carlton Leicestershire in 1881 for both males and females


The village has one pub, The Gate Hangs Well,[4] situated at the eastern end of Carlton. The village is in Leicestershire, but the post office mail is delivered from Nuneaton, so Carlton's Post office address is Carlton, Nuneaton, Warks, CV13. The Parish is also crossed by the Leicestershire round circular paths, a 100-mile circular walk around the county connecting many places of historical and geographical interest.[5] Therefore, the parish council works closely with the Carlton footpath group and the county council. It also an open space called the Carlton Diamond Jubilee Orchard situated between Barton Road and Nailstone road, which also has a small toddlers playing area in it. the orchard roughly cost £4500 and is maintained by the Carlton Gardening Group roughly .[6] In terms of housing there is a total of 11 affordable housed[2] However, in order to purchase these properties you must be on the Housing Register of Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council as they are not sold on a right to buy basis.

St Andrews Church[edit]

St Andrews today is a small pretty church situated in the center of Carlton restored after it was burnt down in 1764 with a mixture of both stone and brick and was dedicated to St Michael[7] Then in 1867 another restoration took place undertaken buy Goddard and Son.[8] The restoration involved both altering the windows and adding a saddleback top to the tower.. The building was Gothicised and its dedication was then changed to St Andrew. In the Northern Wall of the nave there is a stained glass window picturing the angels Michael and Gabriel created in the 1920s by Theadora Salusbury. In 1937 the clock tower was bought through the efforts of the rector's daughter selling needle work door to door, and this needlework continues as some of the villagers produced some commemorative pieces in order to celebrate the Millennium.[8]

History of Carlton[edit]

There is no mention of the parish in the doomsday book so it is likely a Norman settlement [8] However the first Civil registration occurred in 1837, with the parish being registered in the Market Bosworth Sub-District.[9] and from then Carlton was described as a chapelry in Market-Bosworth parish, Leicester; on the Ashby-de-la-Zouch canal.[10]

In 1847, saw the Carltons first Public elementary school to be built, intending to educate 49 children[9] other facilities were also built or revived including the St Andrews church, a Manor house in 1881 and the diamond jubilee orchard.

The population itself according to recent Census data has stayed relatively the same apart from dropping below 200 between 1901s data and 1961, and hitting a lowest of 170 in 1921, with the number of Males dropping to 84.[11] Memorials of those who died in the war can be seen in St Andrew's church.

Local Businesses[edit]

Apart from one pub, the main businesses are based in Market Bosworth, and other areas of Nuneaton[12] which are still accessible from the Parish.


Carlton has one main bus service (the 153) which goes from Carlton Centre to most areas in Leicestershire including Market Bosworth and Leicester.[13] However, the nearest train station is Leicester station which is nearly 20 miles away[14]


  1. ^ "Carlton (parish): Key figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. 
  2. ^ a b "Carlton Parish Council". Retrieved 2015-04-19. 
  3. ^ " - News". Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  4. ^ "Pub licenses in Carlton". Pub History. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "leicestershire footpath association". leicestershire round. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  6. ^ "Diamond Jubilee Project" (PDF). Report for the diamond jubilee project. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Market Bosworth Churches Leicestershire UK". Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  8. ^ a b c "Carlton Church St Andrew Leicestershire | Leicestershire & Rutland Church Journal". Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  9. ^ a b GENUKI. "Genuki: Carlton, Leicestershire". Retrieved 2016-04-22. 
  10. ^ Wilson, John Marius (1870–72). Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. Edinburgh: A Fullerton & Co. 
  11. ^ "HISTPOP.ORG - Search > Results > County of Leicester, 1921 Page Page 6". Retrieved 2016-04-22. 
  12. ^ "All Businesses near CV13, Carlton, Leicestershire". Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  13. ^ "Traveline East Midlands - Bus, Tram, Train and Coach Information - English". Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  14. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 

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