"Granby is a well-built village overlooking the delightful vale of Belvoir, 4
miles south-east of Bingham, and near the borders of Leicestershire. It is
remarkable for giving the title of Marquis to the Duke of Rutland, whose
ancestor, Sir John Manners, purchased the estate of Lord Viscount Savage, to
who, it had been granted by Henry VII, after the attainder Henry Lord Lovel,
whose unhappy and mysterious fate will be noticed under the heading of East
Stoke. After the Conquest, Granby and Sutton were of the fee of the Lords
D'Ayncourt, and continued their principal seat till the reign of Henry VI, when
their sole heiress married Lord Lovel.
The parish includes the hamlet of Sutton, and contains 515 inhabitants, and
2,236 acres of land, which has generally a fertile soil, and is noted for
several excellent limestone quarries. The commons were enclosed in 1794, when
land was allotted as a commutation of all the tithes of the parish, most of
which belongs to the Duke of Rutland, who is lord of the manor, impropriator,
and patron of the vicarage, which is valued in the King's books at £6 3s 6d,
(now £123), and is enjoyed by the Rev. John Bradshaw. The glebe consists of 75
acres. Elizabeth Blagden and Matthew Hall have also estates here, and there are
in the parish several small freeholders."
[White's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]
- The parish was in the Bingham sub-district of the Bingham Registration District.
- The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
||R.G. 9 / 2484
||R.G. 12 / 2717
- There was already a church here at the time of the 1086 Domesday Survey.
- The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
- The church was built in the 12th century.
- The church was restored in 1777 and again in 1888.
- The church is a Grade I listed building with British Heritage.
- Richard CROFT provides a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2008.
- The Anglican parish register dates from 1567.
- The church was in the rural deanery of Bingham.
- The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel built here before 1848. That chapel is now a private dwelling
- Richard CROFT provides a photograph of the Primitive Methodist chapel in Sutton on Geo-graph, taken in 2012.
Granby is both a village and a parish near the border of Leicestershire in the Vale of Belvoir, 1 mile north-east of Barnston, 4.5 miles south-east of Bingham, 14.5 miles east of Nottingham and 118 miles north of London. The parish covers 2,420 acres. Sutton is a hamlet 1 miles north-east of Granby village.
If you are planning a visit:
- The River Whipling passes along the west border of the parish. It is here just a small stream.
- By automobile, take the M1 motorway to the A52 trunk road and turn east. At the second roundabout, you are at Bramcote. Exit to the right.
- Visit the Parish website and read a few of the parish newsletters before you stop by. At last check (2013), the website was not very current.
- The "Marquis of Granby" Public House on Dragon street was long a favorite spot for catching up on local news.
- The Pub dates from 1565. but was given to a retiring general in 1744 in lieu of a pension. It has had the same name since 1760.
- In 1881, Mrs. Hannah CARTER was the victualler at the Pub. This establishement is still in operation.
- In 1881, George GILMAN was the victualler at the Boot and Shoe Public House on Church Street. This establishement is still in operation.
- The national grid reference is SK 7536.
- You'll want an Ordinance Survey Explorer map, which has 2.5 inches to the mile scale.
- See our Maps page for additional resources.
- The Duke of Rutland is lord of the manor here and his eldest son takes the title of Marguis of Granby from this parish.
- This place gives its name as the title "Marquis of Granby" to the eldest son of the Duke of Rutland.
- This parish was in the northern division of the county in the north division of the Bingham Hundred or Wapentake.
- District governance is provided by the Rushcliffe Borough Council. Alas, they are unable to assist you with family history searches.
- A charity set up by Matthew WILLIAM and Henry HALL in 1816 (additional funds provided in 1821 and 1824) established £25, the interest from this was used to aid the poor of the village.
- After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became part of the Bingham Poor Law Union.
- A National School was built here in 1871 to hold 97 students.
- The school closed some years ago and the building is now the Village Hall.
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[Last updated: 2-February-2013 - Louis R. Mills]