Description in 1877:
"AB-KETTLEBY, a parish and a pleasant village and township, on an eminence in Framland Hundred, Melton Mowbray Union and County Court District, is three miles N.N.W. of Melton Mowbray, and 15 miles S.E. of Nottingham; it is situated on the turnpike between the two towns, and on the southern acclivity of the red-sandstone hills which bound the Vale of Belvoir. Its parish, including Holwell township, contains 2,920 acres, and had 349 inhabitants in 1871; its township comprises about 945 acres, and has 202 inhabitants." White's "History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland. 3rd Edition 1877"
Ab Kettleby is a township and a parish which lies 117 miles north of London and about 3 miles north of Melton Mobray. The parish covers 3,027 acres. It is not unusual to see the name rendered as one word: Abkettleby
If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, take the A606 northwest out of Melton Mobray for just over two miles to reach the village of Ab Kettleby.
You can see pictures of Ab Kettleby which are provided by:
Traces of a Roman pavement were found beneath the churchyard, telling us that the parish was occupied prior to 400 AD.
For many centuries this was prime grazing land and most of the occupants were graziers or smallplot farmers.
The Holwell Iron Company processed local ironstone from the surrounding area.
The Holwell Branch of the Nottingham and Melton Railway ended at Ab Kettleby. Following the end of iron making at Holwell in 1962 the line lost most of its traffic and was closed in 1963. A book detailing the history of the railway has been published on the web.
Stilton cheese was made in this parish.
Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the The Sugar Loaf pub. on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2016.