Please see the Leicestershire page for Appleby for additional resources.



  • The parish was in the Measham sub-district of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 600
1851 H.O. 107 / 2084
1861 R.G. 9 / 2267
1871 R.G. 10 / 3243
1891 R.G. 12 / 2508

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael and All Angels.
  • The church stands in the Leicestershire portion of the parish.
  • Tradition holds that the church was built on the site of a Roman temple.
  • The church seats 600.
  • Philip JEFFREY has a photograph of St Michael and All Angels' Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2014.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1572.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Sparkenhoe (first portion).

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration started in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Measham subdistrict of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.

Description & Travel

"APPLEBY, a parish in the hundred of Sparkenhoe, in the county of Leicester, partly also in the hundred of Repton, in the county of Derby, 6 miles to the S.W. of Ashby-de-la Zouch. Atherstone is the post town. It lies near the point at which the four counties of Derby, Leicester, Stafford, and Warwick meet, and not far from the Ashby-de-la-Zouch canal. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough, value £750, in the patronage of G. Moors, Esq."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin HINSON ©2003]

Appleby is just east of the A42 which you took southwest out of Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

Also see the Leicestershire, Appleby page.






Historical Geography

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



  • The Amenity Woodlands, just north of the village, is a small part of the national reforestation project.
  • John POYSER has a photograph of the entrance to Amenity woodland on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK313090 (Lat/Lon: 52.677803, -1.538492), Appleby which are provided by:


Politics & Government

  • This place was partly in the ancient Repton and Gresley Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • Appleby Civil Parish was abolished in 1898 to create Appleby Magna Civil Parish within the boundaries of Leicestershire.
  • Today the parish is administered as part of Leicestershire.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Ashby-de-la-Zouch petty session hearings.
  • There is a partial list of about 20 Appleby Bastardy Papers held at the DRO on the Yesterdays Journey website. Select "Bastardy Papers" on the left side, then "Appleby " from the list displayed.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1771.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, Appleby became part of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Poorlaw Union.
  • In 1839 the Misses MOOREs' Almshouses were built. These are now Grade II listed with British Heritage.


See the 1662 Hearth Tax Assessments page on Brett Payne's website for a list of heads-of-households who paid the tax.