Description in 1871:
"APPLEBY, a village and a parish in Ashby-de-la Zouch district, on the confines of Leicester and Derby. The village stands 1½ mile WSW of the Mease river and the Ashby-de-la-Zouch canal, and 6 miles SW by S of Ashby-de-la-Zouch r. station. It has a post office under Atherstone; and is a meet for the Atherstone hounds. It is sometimes called Appleby-Magna or Great Appleby; while a hamlet a little S of it, in the same parish, is called Appleby-Parva or Little Appleby. The parish comprises 2,020 acres. Real property, £7,067. Pop., 1,070. Houses, 248. The property is not much divided. Appleby Hall is the seat of G. Moore, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £750. Patron, G. Moore, Esq. The church is a handsome structure with a spire; and has some good painted glass. There are three dissenting chapels and a free grammar school,-the latter founded in 1697, by Sir John Moore, lord mayor of London. Endowed income of the grammar school, £326; other charities £9." [John Marius Wilson's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," (1870-72)]
The parish was in the Measham subdistrict of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.
The 1851 census for Leicestershire has been indexed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society. The whole index is available on microfiche. The society has also published it in print and Volume 7 covers the Measham subdistrict which includes the Leicestershire part of Appleby.
The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Appleby is a village in two counties. Most of the village is in the Leicesteshire parish of Appleby, but some of the village spills over into Derbyshire. The parish is about 110 miles north of London, 8 miles north of Atherstone and 5 miles south-west of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The parish covers 2,853 acres and includs the hamlet of Little Appleby just 1/2 mile south-west of the village.
If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, take the A42 south out of Ashby de la Zouch and turn left (east) into Appleby.
You can see pictures of Appleby which are provided by:
Inside the church there is a framed Roll of Honour for World War One and World War Two.
In the churchyard is a tall granite cross with names on plaque to base. Dedicated and unveiled Autumn 1920 by Colonel BYRON, Leicestershire Yeomanry Cavalry and Rev CT MOORE. The plaques cover both World Wars and the Cyprus intervention of 1956.
Appleby was an ancient parish of Leicestershire and became a Civil Parish on 30 September, 1897 when the old parish boundaries, which intruded into Derbyshire, were redrawn. The whole parish was thereafter in Leicestershire.
On 1 April, 1965, the parish was reduced by 4 acres which were given to Newton Regis Civil Parish in Warwickshire.
The Leicestershire portion of the parish was in the ancient Sparkenhoe Hundred in the western division of the county.
The Derbyshire portion of the parish was in the ancient Repten and Gresley Hundred.