Census Data

last updated on: 24th Feb 2015

The more we understand our parishes, those that live in them and their needs, the more we can serve God in being effective in mission.  

How many people live in your parish?  How old are they, what are their most pressing social needs?  What’s their ethnic, faith or education background?  What's their health like, areas of employment or lack of it and the resultant deprivation?

With thanks to the hard work of the Research and Statistics team from the Church of England nationally, the 2011 census data has now been combined with some parish attendance and financial information, the previous (2001) census plus a range of other government information to create a Parish Spotlight for each parish in the Diocese.

These Parish Spotlights contain key information, represented in a graphical format, together with some of the questions it raises.  It is free to download, analyse and use below.  We are deliberately making every parish’s available to everyone so that together we might best understand the needs of the areas we collectively minister in. 

If you have specific questions on the data itself  please contact the national team at statistics.unit@churchofengland.org

To discuss the implications for mission and how we might use the Spotlights in more effective mission contact Diocesan Mission Enabler, Barry Hill here.

Below the list of churches (which have been organised into Deaneries, with some geographical description as to the area covered by each Deanery for those less familiar) there are some further explanatory notes which might help you understand sudden changes or missing data.  It would be helpful to read this alongside the Statistics for Mission, a more in depth summary of attendance, Church service and those joining and leaving the worshipping community.  The 2012 report can be downloaded here.

Making the most of these reports
‘Interesting data, but what do we do with it?!’  A good question.  For those looking to engage with it, here’s one four step possibility:
1.  Give everyone on the Church Council, leadership team, ministry team or Standing Committee a copy in advance of meeting and ask them to circle three things that surprised them and three things that confirmed what they already knew
2.  Compare what people have found, note similarities, encouragements where existing ministries meet a need, challenges where they do not and surprises
3.  Pray through, discuss and discern whether God is using this to nudge the parish towards reaching out into an area of need previously unmet
4.  Consider what partners there might be (‘people of peace’ to use the terminology from Luke 10) to help with this

The City of Leicester Deanery
Where is it?  Pretty much co-terminus as the City itself

St Chad, Leicester 
St Aidan, New Parks
St Barnabas, Leicester
St Peter, Leicester

St Anne, Leicester
St Paul & St Augustine, Leicester
St Margaret’s, Leicester
St Denys, Evington
St Philip, Leicester
Christ Church, Thurnby Lodge
St Mary, Humberstone
St Andrew with St James
Parish of the Resurrection
Christ the King, Beaumont Leys
St Theodore, Rushey Mead
St Christopher, Saffron Lane
All Saints, Netherhall, Scraptoft
St Hugh, Eyres Monsell
St Stephen, North Evington
Holy Apostles, Leicester
St Luke, Stocking Farm
St Andrew, Jarrom Street
St Nicholas, St Nicholas Circle

Holy Trinity, Leicester
St James the Greater, Leicester
Church of the Nativity, Leicester
St John the Baptist, Clarendon Park

St Mary, Knighton
St Guthlac, Knighton

Martyrs, Leicester
St Mary de Castro, Leicester
St Peter, Braunstone Park
St Leonard, Leicester (Cornerstone) -sorry no data specifically available but hopefully can be gathered from related parishes
Hope Hamilton, Hamilton - sorry no data available
Church of the Good Shepherd
Presence (a Fresh Expression) sorry no data specifically available but hopefully can be gathered from related parishes
All Saints, Belgrave
St. Martin's Cathedral

Framland Deanery
Where is it?  The North East segment of Leicestershire

St Peter & St Paul, Barkestone
St Mary the Virgin, Bottesford
St Mary the Virgin, Harby
St Michael & All Angels, Hose
St Remigius, Long Clawston
St John the Baptist, Muston
St Helen, Plungar
St Peter, Redmile
St Guthlac, Stathern
St James, Ab Kettleby
St Leonard Chapelry, Holwell

All Saints, Asfordby
St Mary the Virgin, Burrough on the Hill
St Swithun, Great Dalby
St James, Little Dalby
All Saints, Pickwell
All Saints, Somerby
St Guthlac, Branston by Belvoir
St Botolph & St John, Croxton Kerrial
St Michael & All Angels, Harston
All Saints, Knipton
St Peter, Saltby
St Bartholomew, Sproxton
St Bartholomew, Welby
St James, Burton Lazars
St Mary, Freeby
St Mary, Melton Mowbray
St Leonard, Sysonby
St Mary, Thorpe Arnold

St Michael and All Angels, Eastwell
St Denys, Eaton
St Denys, Goadby Marwood
St Eglwin, Scalford
St Mary Chapelry, Chadwell - sorry no data available
St Peter, Stonesby
St Mary Magdalene, Waltham-on-the-Wolds
St Mary, Ashby Folville
St Luke, Gaddesby
St John the Baptist, South Croxton
St Andrew, Twyford
St Michael & All Angels, Thorpe Satchville
All Saints, Hoby
All Saints, Ragdale
All Saints, Rotherby
St Michael & All Angels, Brooksby
St Peter, Kirby Bellars
St Thomas, Frisby on the Wreake

St John Baptist, Cold Overton
St Peter, Knossington
All Saints, Lowesby
St Andrew, Owston
St Peter, Tilton on the Hill
St John the Baptist, Buckminster
Holy Trinity, Sewstern
St Andrew, Coston
Wymondham, Edmondthorpe, Garthorpe
St Michael & All Angels, Loddington
St John, Grimston
St Mary the Virgin, Nether Broughton
St John Baptist, Old Dalby
St Peter, Saxelbye with Shoby
St Michael & All Angels, Wartnaby

Gartree I and Gartree II Deaneries
Where are they?  The East and South East segment of Leicestershire

Rolleston (Private Chapel)
St John Baptist, Billesdon
St John Baptist, Goadby

St Andrew, Tur Langton
St Leonard, Thorpe Langton
St Peter, Church Langton

St Nicholas, Shangton
St Thomas Becket, Skeffington
St Michael and All Angels, Cranoe
St John Baptist, Glooston
St Denys, Stonton Wyville
St Andrew, Welham
All Saints, East Norton
St Michael & All Angels, Hallaton
St Peter, Horninghold
All Saints, Slawston
St Thomas a Becket, Tugby
St Peter and St Paul, Great Bowden
All Saints, Lubenham
St Dionysius, Market Harborough
St Hugh, Market Harborough
St Nicholas Little Bowden
St Andrew, Great Easton
St Giles, Blaston
St Giles, Medbourne
St James, Drayton
St Nicholas, Bringhurst
St Peter, Stockerston

St Andrew, Foxton
St Helen, Gumley
St Luke, Laughton
St Nicholas, Fleckney
St Mary Magdalene, Kilby
St Luke, Newton Harcourt
St Wiston, Wistow
St John the Baptist, Kings Norton
St John or St Clement, Little Stretton
St Michael & All Angels, Illston on the Hill
St Peter, Gaulby
St Andrew, Burton Overy
St Mary the Virgin, Carlton Curlieu

St Cuthbert, Glen Magna
St Thomas, Glen Parva & South Wigston
All Saints, Keyham
St Catharine, Houghton on the Hill

St John the Baptist, Hungarton
St Wilfrid, Kibworth
St Helen, Saddington
Christ Church, Smeeton Westerby
St Paul, Hamble Road, Oadby
St Peter, Oadby
St Luke, Thurnby
St Mary and All Saints, Stoughton
All Saints, Wigston Magna
St Wistan, Wigston Magna


Goscote Deanery
Where is it?  Just north of the City of Leicester

Our Lady & St Nicholas, Wanlip
St James the Great, Birstall

St Mary & St John, Rothley
All Saints, Cossington
All Saints, Seagrave
St Mary, Sileby
St Mary, Barkby
St Hilda, East Goscote
St Mary, Queniborough
St Michael & All Angels, Rearsby
St Peter & St Paul, Syston
Holy Trinity, Thrussington
St Botolph, Ratcliffe on the Wreake

St Michael & All Angels, Thurmaston


East Akeley Deanery
Where is it?  Northern, mostly central northern, Leicestershire

Holy Trinity, Barrow Upon Soar
St Mary, Walton le Wolds

St Edward, Castle Donnington
St Nicholas, Lockingon
St John Baptist, Belton
St Michael & All Angels, Diseworth
St Peter & St Paul, Hathern
St Andrew, Kegworth
All Saints, Long Whatton
St Mary the Virgin, Osgathorpe
All Saints, Steeple Row
Emmanuel, Loughborough
St, Mary in Charnwood, Nanpantan
The Good Shepherd, Loughborough
Reside (joint Anglican / Methodist Fresh Expression)

Christ Church, Mountsorrel
St Peter, Mountsorrel
St Bartholomew, Quorn
St Botolph, Shepshed
St James the Greater, Oaks in Charnwood
St Mary, Woodhouse
St Paul, Woodhouse Eaves
St Leonard, Swithland
All Saints, Thorpe Acre with Dishley
St Andrew, Prestwold with Hoton
St Mary, Wymeswold

North West Leicestershire Deanery
Where is it?  The North West segment of Leicestershire

St David, Broom Leys, Coalville
Christ Church, Coalville
St Michael & All Angels, Ravenstone
Holy Trinity, Ashby de la Zouch
St Helen, Ashby de la Zouch
St Mary & St Harduplh, Breedon on the Hill
St Mary the Virgin, Coleorton
All Saints, Isley Walton
St Matthew, Worthington
St Christopher, Ellistown
St John Baptist, Hugglescote
St Mary, Snibston
St John Baptist, Heather
St Denys, Ibstock
St Margaret, Blackfordby
St Stephen, Woodville
St George, Swannington
St Andrew, Thringstone
St John Baptist, Whitwick
Holy Trinity, Norton Juxta Twycross
St Bartholomew, Snarestone
St Michael & All Angels, Appleby Magna
St Peter, Swepstone

St John the Evangelist, Donisthorpe
St Laurence, Measham
Holy Trinity, Normanton Le Heath
The Holy Rood, Packington

Guthlaxton Deanery
Where is it?  The Southern segment of Leicestershire

St Mary Magdalene, Shearsby (see St Peter, Arnesby)
St Peter, Arnesby
St Mary, Bruntingthorpe
All Saints, Husbands Bosworth
St Nicholas, Mowsley
All Saints, Theddingworth
All Saints, Blaby
St Mary, Broughton Astley
St Michael, Stoney Stanton
St Michael & All Angels, Croft

St Peter, Ashby Parva
Assumption of Our Lady (see St Peter, Claybrook)
St Peter, Claybrook
All Saints, Dunton Bassettte
St Nicholas, Frolesworth
St Peter, Liere
St Michael & All Angels, Cosby
St Peter, Whetstone
St Andrew, Countesthorpe
St Bartholomew, Foston
St John Baptist, Enderby
All Saints, Thurlastone
St Thomas, Catthorpe
All Saints, Gilmorton
All Saints, Kimcote
St Leonard, Misterton
St Andrew, North Kilworth
St Andrew, Peatling Parva
All Saints, Shawell
St Nicholas, South Kilworth
St Nicholas, Stanford
All Saints, Swinford
St Mary, Bitteswell
St Mary, Cotesbach
St Mary, Lutterworth
St James the Greater, Huncote
All Saints, Narborough
St Mary, Ashby Magna
All Saints, Peatling Magna
St Mary, Willoughby Waterleys

Sparkenhoe West Deanery
Where is it?  The South West and Western segment of Leicestershire

St Giles, Barlestone
St Martin, Stapleton
St Mary, Barwell
St Mary, Potters Marston
St Catherine, Burbage
St Peter, Aston Flamville

St Simon & St Jude, Earl Shilton
St Mary, Elmesthorpe

Holy Trinity, Hinckley
St John, Hinckley
All Saints, Cadeby
St James, Sutton Cheney
St John, Shenton
St Mary the Virgin, Congerstone
St Peter, Market Bosworth

All Saints, Ratcliffe Culey
All Saints, Sheepy Magna
St Botolph, Sibson
St Edith, Orton on the Hill
St James, Twycross
St Andrew, Carlton
All Saints, Nailstone
St Peter, Shackerstone
Saints, Kirby Mallory
St James, Newbold Verdon

All Saints, Sapcote
St Helen, Sharnford
St Mary, Wigston Parva

St James, Dadlington
St Margaret, Stoke Golding

St Michael & All Angels, Fenny Drayton
St Peter, Higham on the Hill
St Peter, Witherley

Sparkenhoe East Deanery
Where is it?  Just to the West of the City of Leicestershire

St Mary, Anstey
All Saints, Thurcaston with Cropston
St Crispin, Braunstone Town
St Martin, Desford
St Mary Magdalene, Peckleton
St Peter, Glenfield
St Bartholomew, Kirby Muxloe
St Andrew LEP, Leicester Forest East

St Peter, Copt Oak
St Michael & All Angels, Markfield
Holy Rood, Bagworth
St Mary & All Saints, Stanton
St Peter, Thornton

All Saints, Newtown Lindford
St Philip & St James, Ratby
St Philip & St James, Groby

Explanatory Notes

The national Research and Statistics Department of the Church of England, have provided some additional explanatory notes which might help you understand missing data, and estimations:

Attendance and Finance data
Attendance and Finance data have been compiled from annual parochial returns.  As you will be aware we do not get a 100% response rate each year and the data in this spotlight do not contain any estimates.  The Spotlights are at the parish level, so where there are statistics for multiple churches in a parish, these have been amalgamated.  Where there have been pastoral reorganisations the data may show jumps in figures, or gaps in the data.   To help you to understand any particular parish results the raw data is in an excel sheet at the bottom of this page.  The national team has also in recent months undergone some intense cleaning of the data, so figures may differ to those previously issued.

Parish structures
These spotlights have been compiled using our best [national] knowledge of the geographic make-up of the country.  Your diocese may well have churches that work outside the parish system, or work in different geographies such as conventional districts or guild churches.  These churches may not appear in the list of pdfs, however the population data for the geographic parish overlaying the area will be of relevance.  If there are specific areas for which you would like a community focused spotlight, without annual parochial returns data, or with annual parochial returns data for different churches then please do contact us with further details about these areas.  These structures are accurate as at March 2013, however the annual parochial returns data are accurate as of 2011, so in areas of considerable pastoral reorganisation there may be mismatches between the geography and the churches for which the annual parochial returns data refer.  Once again, please do contact us if there are any specific areas for which you would like us to produce a revised spotlight.

“Centroid” and “non centroid” spotlights
The community data is based on various government sources, including the 2011 census.  Government boundaries do not match our ecclesiastical parish boundaries so best fit modelling is required.  The method we have used is to take the smallest geography for which population data are released (called an Output Area), represent that area with a single dot (placed in the middle of where the people live in that area, called a “Centroid”), and then allocate that population to the parish within which the dot falls.  This gives the parish its population count and is a standard best-fit modelling technique.  It does mean, however, that for some parishes no dot falls into the boundary, so we are not able to allocate a population count.  For these parishes we have given some broad percentages to reflect the population instead. 

Church Statistics only spotlights
There are a number of parishes where we have annual parochial returns data, but we cannot allocate this to a geography on the ground (and therefore community data).  This could be due to pastoral reorganisation, or churches that work outside the parish system. We have included these as a series of Spotlights with very limited data for your information.  You may wish to distribute these with the relevant geographic areas.

Excel files
Excel files of the community focussed data are available on our website. http://www.churchofengland.org/about-us/facts-stats/research-statistics/census-2011.aspx

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