Hinckley and Bosworth

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Borough of Hinckley and Bosworth
Shown within Leicestershire
Shown within Leicestershire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast Midlands
Administrative countyLeicestershire
Admin. HQHinckley
 • TypeHinckley and Bosworth Borough Council
 • Leadership:Leader (Stuart Bray) and Cabinet
 • Executive:Liberal Democrats
 • MPs:Luke Evans & Edward Argar (Groby Ward only)
 • MayorLynda Hodgkins (Liberal Democrats)
 • Total114.8 sq mi (297.3 km2)
Area rank133rd
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total113,136
 • RankRanked 209th
 • Density990/sq mi (380/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code31UE (ONS)
E07000132 (GSS)
Ethnicity97.9% White

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[edit]

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
Year 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001 2011 2016 2021 2031
Population 59,720 64,242 74,744 86,622 96,203 100,142 105,078 110,100 114,000 121,000
Census [8] ONS [9] ONS Projections [10]

Political control[edit]

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:

Party Seats [11]
Liberal Democrats 21
Conservative 11
Labour 2



Coat of arms of Hinckley and Bosworth
Granted 15th November 1974 [12]
On a wreath of the colours a dragon Gules preying on a boar passant Argent.
Per pale indented Argent and Gules on a chief Or three torteaux that in the centre charged with a pierced cinquefoil Ermine the others each charged with a mascle Or.
On either side a ram reguardant Sable armed Or.
Post Proelia Concordia (After The Battle Concord)


  1. ^ "Borough population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b 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
  12. ^ "East Midlands Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 5 March 2021.

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Coordinates: 52°36′45″N 1°21′13″W / 52.61250°N 1.35361°W / 52.61250; -1.35361