"Linby is a small village and parish seven and a half miles south of Mansfield, sontaining 310 inhabitants, and 1461 acres of land, principally belonging to Andrew Montagu Esq., who is also lord of the manor. Before the Conquest it had three manors, whi by the victorious Conqueror were given to William Peverel, whose son William gave the "town and whatever it hath in it" to the Priory of Lenton. The estate was bequeathed by its late proprietor, the Right Hon. Frederick Montagu, in 1800, to Fountayne Wilson Esq. and his heirs, on condition that they use the surname of Montagu, which he himself refused to comply with, but conferred it upon his son, together with the said estate. The present landlord having discharged all the framework knitters from the parish, has caused a decrease in the population from 515 to 310 souls. Two ancient crosses stand at the north and south ends of the village, having a maypole at the south. The church is a small structure, dedicated to St Michael, with a tower and four bells. It contains some ancient monuments of the Strelley and Chaworth families. The rectory, valued in the King's books at £4 9s 9½d, now £220, is in the gift of Andrew Montagu Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Thomas Hurt M.A., who resides at the rectory, a neat mansion near the church, with 21a 2r 10p of ancient glebe; and in 1843 the tithe was commuted for £280. A feast is held on the Sunday after Old Michaelmas Day, or on that day if it falls on a Sunday. The Nottingham and Manfield Railway passes through the parish and has a neat station here." [WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]
Linby is a village and a parish 134 miles north of London, 9.5 miles north of Nottingham and 7.5 miles south of Mansfield. The River Leen flows through the parish. The parish covers 963 acres, but used to be far larger.
If you are planning a visit:
By automobile, take the A611 north out of Nottingham past Hucknall. Linby will be just to the right.
There were three railways that ran through Linby historically, but passenger service ceased in 1916. Freight rail service ceased in 1968. There appears to be no current passenger service to Linby.
Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of one ofthe two village crosses on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2014 .
You can see pictures of Linby which are provided by: