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Ashby Folville

Description in 1877:
"ASHBY FOLVILLE, a small village and parish in East Goscote Hundred and Melton Mowbray Union and County Court District, situated on the bank of a rivulet, near the Burrough hills, 6 1/2 miles S.S.W. of Melton Mowbray, and 10 miles N.E. by E. of Leicester. Its parish, including Barsby township, has an area of 3,013 acres, and had 447 inhabitants in 1871. Ashby Folville township has 1,983 acres and 174 inhabitants."
White's "History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland," 3rd Edition 1877"


  • St. Mary, Folville St., Church of England


  • The parish was in the Melton Mowbray sub-district of the Melton Mowbray Registration District.
  • In 1935, the parish was transfered to the Melton and Belvoir Registration District.
  • The Loughborough Library holds copies of the 1841, 1861, 1881 and 1901 census for this parish. You will have to visit the library to see them.
  • The 1851 Census for Leicestershire has been indexed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society. The whole index is available on microfiche.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 209
1861 R.G. 9 / 2299
1871 R.G. 10 / 3293
1891 R.G. 12 / 2543


  • St. Mary, Folville St., Church of England

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Ashby Folville area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • The church was built in the 14th century.
  • The church was restored in 1875.
  • The church seats 140.
  • Geoff PICK has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2003.
  • Another photo of Saint Mary's Church appears on the Flickr site.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1579 (some sources give 1653).
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Goscote (first portion).
  • The Society of Genealogists holds copies of parish records including baptisms and burials from 1584 - 1812, marriages from 1584 - 1837 and microfiche copies of burials from 1813 - 1876.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Melton Mowbray sub-district of the Melton Mowbray Registration District.
  • In 1935, the parish was transferred to the Melton and Belvoir Registration District.

Description and Travel

Ashby Folville is a village, a township and a parish which lie about 11 miles north-east of Leicester city and 6 miles south-west of Melton Mobray. The parish covers 1,796 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • You may want to take in the Ashby Folville Folk Thing Festival.
  • By automobile, take the A607 arterial road north-east out of Leicester and turn right (east) at Rearsby onto the B674.
  • John SUTTON has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2012. You simply MUST take a peek inside and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events while you're there.
You can see pictures of Ashby Folville which are provided by:

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Ashby Folville has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Ashby Folville to another place.


  • The village was recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • For many centuries this was prime grazing land and most of the occupants were graziers or smallplot farmers.
  • Stilton cheese was made in this parish.
  • A new tradition has been started in Ashby Folville. It is the monthly car meeting, held on the second Tuesday of each month all year long. The car meeting features classics, vintage, motorbikes, supercars, sports cars, modified and Japanese Imports. In Summer months over 4,000 people attend.


  • The Manor House, built of stone, was restored in 1893-94 and in 1912 was the property of Herbert Hanbury SMITH-CARRINGTON, esq. J.P..


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK706120 (Lat/Lon: 52.701053, -0.956645), Ashby Folville which are provided by:

Military History

  • In World War II the US Army had a small camp on the grounds of the Manor House.
  • After World War II the US Army Camp was used as temporary housing for resettling displaced Polish refugees until 1965.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicestershire and became a Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish is in the ancient East Goscote Hundred in the northern division of the county.
  • On 18 August, 1882, the parish of Ashby Folville was reduced in size to enlarge Gaddesby Civil Parish.
  • On 24 March, 1884, the parish of Ashby Folville was reduced in size to create Barsby Civil Parish.
  • In April, 1936, the Civil Parish of Ashby Folville was abolished and its 1,796 acres merged with Gaddesby.
  • You may contact the Gaddesby Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to do family history work for you.
  • District governance is provided by the Melton Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Melton Mowbray petty session hearings.
  • Lord Carrington (undated) left 133 acres of land for seven poor people and a bede house. By 1881, this charity paid for three bede houses.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Melton Mowbray Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1841 146
1871 174
1881 131
1891 115
1901 111
1911 139
1921 119
1931 123


  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1849 to hold 50 children.