VCH Volume: 
Leicestershire Paperback Histories in Progress
The Palace Community Centre (former cinema, opened 1912)

Leicestershire VCH Trust is very grateful to David Wilson Esq CBE DL for funding the research and publication of a paperback history of Ibstock.

This large village/town in NW Leics is on the eastern edge of the Leicestershire coalfield. The first coal mine was sunk in 1825, which also yielded large quantities of fire-clay and clay suitable for high-quality bricks. The population grew rapidly as the colliery expanded, and a second colliery (Ellistown) opened within the parish in 1873. Both collieries have now closed, but clay extraction continues, and Ibstock is now home to one of the UK's largest brick producers. 

Part of the draft text has been placed online here for consultation, ahead of publication. More will follow. Within the Explore section of this website you will also find transcripts of some of the probate inventories which formed part of this research. These list the moveable possessions of Ibstock residents who died between 1559 and 1711.