Ashby Magna


Description in 1877:
"ASHBY MAGNA, a pleasant village, township, and parish in Guthlaxton Hundred, Lutterworth Union and County Court District, 4 miles N. by E. of Lutterworth and 10 miles S. by W. of Leicester, contained, in 1871, 275 inhabitants, living in 61 houses, on 1720 acres of land, rising boldly in the north, where a rivulet has its source. The Earl of Aylesford is lord of the manor and owner of the soil."
White's "History, Gazetteer and Directory of the Counties of Leicester and Rutland:, 3rd Edition, 1877



  • The parish purchased a 1/2 acre lot for use as a cemetery in 1904 and placed it under the Parish Council's administration.


  • The parish was in the Lutterworth sub-district of the Lutterworth 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 18 covers the part of the Lutterworth Disctrict which includes Ashby Magna.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2244
1871 R.G. 10 / 3220
1891 R.G. 12 / 2489

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Mary.
  • St. Mary's church was built in the Gothic style in the 13th century.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1861.
  • The whole east end of the church was rebuilt in 1907.
  • The church seats 215.
  • John SALMON has a photograph of St. Mary's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2013.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1586.
  • The church was in the rural Guthlaxton deanery (third portion).
  • The Society of Genealogists hold copies of marriage records from 1576 - 1836.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Lutterworth sub-district of the Lutterworth Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Description & Travel

Ashby Magna is a parish and a village 96 miles north of London, 10 miles south of Leicester city, 4 miles north-east of Lutterworth and about 1 mile east of Dunton Bassett. The parish covers 1,804 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the M1 motorway south out of Leicester city about 11 miles.
  • By automobile, it may be easier to take the A426 trunk road south out of Leicester city through Blaby to where it meets the B581 arterial and turn left.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2011. You may submit a bid for your more artistic replacement.
You can see pictures of Ashby Magna which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The parish had two excellent springs, one of which was reputedly good for curing sore eyes.
  • The land around the village has been mostly pasture for centuries.
  • In the 1800s and early 1900s many of the workers in the parish were graziers and/or farmers.


  • The web page author has been unable to find any discription of a manor house or hall at Ashby Magna.


  • You can view an online map at the Axcis site.
  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP563906 (Lat/Lon: 52.510392, -1.171884), Ashby Magna which are provided by:


Military History

In 1920 a brass plate was erected in St. Peter's Church in memory of the six men of the parish who fell in the Great War.

That item was superceeded by a wooden plaque with golden lettering placed inside Ashby Magna Village Hall (previously the village school). Appears to show survivors as well as the fallen.


Politics & Government

  • This place is an ancient parish of Leicestershire and it became a modern Civil parish when those were established.
  • The parish lies in the Guthlaxton Hundred in the southern division of the county.
  • In November, 1877, the parish was reduced to enlarge Ashby Parva Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Lutterworth petty session hearings every other Thursday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Lutterworth Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 283
1821 280
1841 337
1871 275
1881 253
1891 279
1901 292
1911 262
1921 261
1931 257
1961 234


  • A school was built here in 1808.
  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1868 for 83 children.