Description in 1877:
"Melton Mowbray is in Framland Hundred, and gives name to a township, parish, poor law union, county court, petty sessional and local board district, and the celebrated Melton Hunt. It is a polling place for the northern division of the county, and has attained considerable celebrity for its manufacture of pork pies, and is a pleasant and well built market town, pleasantly seated on the banks of the small river Eye, in a fertile open vale, 15 miles N. E. of Leicester, 10 miles N.W. of Oakham, 16 miles S.W. of Grantham, and 105 miles N. N. W. of London. Melton Mowbray parish, which comprises the townships of Burton Lazars, Freeby, Melton Mowbray, Sysonby, and Welby, in 1871 contained 5,559 persons, living in 1,123 houses, on 10,266 acres of land; of these, 5,033 persons, 1,020 houses, and about 3,300 acres, were in Melton Mowbray township. The soil is generally a black sandy loam, inclining to clay, and having a plentiful substratum of gravel. It had only 1,766 inhabitants in 1801, but in 1831 they had increased to 3,327, in 1841 to 3,740, in 1851 to 4,434, and in 1861 to 4,436. The return for 1871, given above included a number of persons visiting the steeple-chases, and also 126 paupers in the union workhouse." [WHITE's "History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland," 3rd Edition. 1877]
The parish was in the Melton Mowbray subdistrict of the Melton Mowbray 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 24 covers the Melton sub-district.
The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Melton Mowbray is a parish and a town 105 miles north of the city of London, 16 miles north-east of Leicester, 16 miles south-west of Grantham in Lincolnshire, and 10 miles north-west of Oakham. The parish included the Chapelries of Freeby and Welby and covered 5,610 acres in 1849. The River Eye joins the River Wreake near Melton.
The Isolation Hospital was on Scalford Road. It had a scarlet fever ward, a diptheria ward and a typhoid ward. It could hold a total of 30 patients. It's initial name appears to be "Melton Mowbray and Belvoir Isolation Hospital."
Miss Clara SHIELDS was the matron in 1925.
Hospitals were not required to archive patient records.
In 1920, as a gift to the town, Col. Richard DALGLEISH puchased Wyndham Hose and 15 acres of land. It would become the Melton and District Hospital. In 1921, local authorities decided to dedicate this as Melton and District War Memorial Hospital in honour of the men who had fallen in the Great War.
The Melton Mowbray War Memorial Hospital was on Dalby Road.
Miss Emily GIBSON was the matron in 1925.
In 1948 this hospital was subsumed into the National Health Service.
The main building is now a Grade II listed structure with British Heritage.