In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Nailstone like this:
NAILSTONE, a village and a township in Market-Bosworth district, and a parish partly also in Ashby-de-la-Zouch district, Leicester. The village stands on abranch of the river Anker, 3 miles N N E of Market-Bosworth, and 3 W S W of Bagworth r. station; and has a post-office under Hinckley. The township includes the village, and extends into the country. ...
Real property, £4,051. Pop., 302. Houses, 71. The parish contains also the township of Barton-in-the-Beans, and the chapelry of Normanton-le-Heath. Acres, 3, 806. Real property, £8, 443. Pop., 639. Houses, 146. The manor of Nailstone and Barton belongs to Earl Howe; and that of Normanton belongs to L rd Belper. Coalwas recently discovered in Nailstone township; and shafts for working it were formed in 1864. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £500.* Patron, the Crown. The church was recentlyrestored, and has a tower and spire. The p. curacy of Normanton is a separate benefice. There are a Baptistchapel in Barton, a Wesleyan chapel in Normanton, and national schools in Nailstone and Normanton.
Nailstone is now part of North West Leicestershire district. Click here for graphs and data of how North West Leicestershire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Nailstone itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Nailstone in North West Leicestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th March 2017
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