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Hinckley and Bosworth

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The history of Hinckley and Bosworth

The borough of Hinckley and Bosworth covers 105 square miles of rolling countryside in south west Leicestershire. Hinckley is the district's administrative centre with 45,000 inhabitants. The north eastern part includes the former mining villages of Bagworth and Barlestone, and contains large commuter settlements (like Desford and Ratby) which look mainly to Leicester for employment. The Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council website provides a starting point for people who are interested in the area. Tim Parry has created a detailed look at the buildings and architects of Hinckley.

If you visit Hinckley library there are family history resources, while family historians should also make sure that they are in contact with the Hinckley Group of the Leicestershire and Rutland Family History Society. If you are interested in Richard III, have a look at the Bosworth Battlefield website. Hinckley & District Museum is managed and staffed by volunteers.

A number of oral history projects have been conducted in the area including the Westfields Project in Hinckley and interviews undertaken by David J Woods in and around Barwell from 1984. Copies of these interviews have been deposited in the East Midlands Oral History Archive. David J Wood's oral histories can also be found on the Hinckley Past & Present website, which is an excellent website for all things to do with Hinckley's history and contains a book created from the Westfields Project oral histories.

Villages in Hinckley and Bosworth

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Last updated: 06/11/2017
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