Towns & Parishes
Description in 1877
"Ashby-de-la-Zouch parish which comprises the township of Ashby-de-la-Zouch and a portion of that of Blackfordby, is the head of a Poor Law Union and a County Court district; it is in west Goscote Hundred, and a polling place for the Northern Parliamentary Division of the county. ashby parish is the largest in the whole county, comprising 8097 acres, and in 1871 had 8028 inhabitants.... The market town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch is pleasantly situated on the banks of one of the sources of the River Mease, on the north-western side of Leicestershir; about 1 1/2 miles from the boundary of Derbyshire, 115 miles N.N.W. of London, 17 1/2 miles W.N.W. of Leicester, 13 miles S. of Derby, 22 miles S.W. of Nottingham, and 9 miles S.E. of Burton on Trent. It is highly salubrious, and is celebrated for its saline baths and the extensive remains of its once formidable and famous baronial castle.... The town is encompassed by rich pastures, and in its hamlets and the surrounding parishes are extensive collieries, which are connected by tramways with the Leicester and Burton Railway, which has a handsome station on the south side of the town, near the Ivanhoe Baths. This line is a branch of the Midland Railway, and was opened March 1, 1849, and connects the town with the great network railways which overspreads the country. The Ashby Canal, which was cut under an Act passed in 1794, and commences at the reservoir on Ashby Wolds, more than three miles west of the town, extends southward to the Coventry Canal, and was sold to the Midland Railway Company, in 1846, for £10,000 "[White's History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland. 3rd Edition 1877]
The Ashby de la Zouch Cemetery is located on the Moira Rd (B5003) about half a mile westwards from the centre of the town. It is on the South side of the road and is set back behind houses along the road frontage.
The Leicestershire and Rutland Family History Society have published a register of Ashby Cemetery burials from 1857 - 1880 on microfiche.
The Society of Genealogists holds copies of records of marriages from 1561 - 1754 and baptisms from 1561 - 1673 which can be studied at their library in London.
The Registrar's Office in Ashby de la Zouch closed in 1949. Certificates of birth, death
and marriage can now be obtained from the Superintendent Registrar at
For method of obtaining copy certificates see the Civil Registration section on our Leicestershire page.
Enter "Ashby" in the Go Leicestershire search page to find details of castle, museum and other sites in Ashby de la Zouch.
Ashby de la Zouch and Blackfordby Official Guide includes The History of Ashby de la Zouch
Roger Capewell has included a list of old soldiers transcribed from the Ashby de la Zouch war memorial on the Military Badges website, with a photograph of this impressive memorial.
The Rossbret Institutions site includes a page for the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Union which includes details of officers and staff of the union in 1899.