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Description in 1871:
"BARSBY a chapelry in Ashby-Folville parish, Leicestershire; 6 miles E of Syston r. station, and 10 NE of Leicester. Post Town, Gaddesby under Melton-Mowbray. Acres, 1,030. Real property, £2,219. Pop., 290 Houses, 63. There is a Wesleyan chapel."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]

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Archives & Libraries

You may want to use the Library in Melton Mowbray as the local Library is a former phone box.

Chris DOWNER has a photograph of the Barsby Library on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2017.

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Census

  • The parish was in the Somerby sub-district of the Melton Mowbray Registration District until 1935.
     
  • In 1935, the parish was transfered to the Melton and Belvoir 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.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2299
1871 R.G. 10 / 3293
1891 R.G. 12 / 2543
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Church History

  • Parishioners attended church at Ashby Folville.
     
  • In 1887 a church mission room was opened to serve Anglican parishioners. The Mission Room was still functioning in 1912.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1698.
     
  • The parish was in the Soke of Rothley.
     
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1826.
     
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the former Wesleyan Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2007.
     
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was in the Somerby sub-district of the Melton Mowbray Registration District until 1935.
     
  • In 1935, the parish was transfered to the Melton and Belvoir Registration District.
     
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Description & Travel

Barsby is a village and a parish, 1 mile south-east of Gaddesby, 7.5 miles south-west of Melton Mowbray, and 9 miles north-east of Leicester city.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A46 north out of Leicester to the A607 arterial road and turn right (east). At Rearsby, take the B674 road east (right) and go about a mile and a half. Barsby will be on your left.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2009.
     
  • Mat has a second photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2012.
     
You can see pictures of Barsby which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

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

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History

  • Much of the parish land was used for grazing.
     
  • Many farmers here produced Stilton cheese.
     
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Manors

  • Barsby Hall is a fine brick structure and was the seat of the CHENEY family.
     
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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
     

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK698114 (Lat/Lon: 52.695791, -0.96862), Barsby which are provided by:

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Military History

On the old Village Hall grounds stands a Commemorative granite stone with dedicatory metal plaque in thanksgiving for return of 12 villagers. Unveiled 4 April 1998 by Wing Commander John SMITH-CARRINGTON.

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Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient chapelry of the county and became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
     
  • The parish was in the ancient East Goscote Hundred in the northern (or eastern) division of the county.
     
  • In March, 1884, the parish was enlarged by receiving the "Ashby Newbould" portion of Ashby Folville Civil Parish.
     
  • In March, 1884, the parish was reduced by transferring the "Barsby Lodge" portion to South Croxton Civil Parish.
     
  • In March, 1884, the parish was enlarged by receiving a portion of South Croxton Civil Parish.
     
  • In April, 1936, this parish was abolished and all 1,147 acres amalgamated with Gaddesby Civil Parish.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

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

 Year Inhabitants
1841 291
1861 290
1871 273
1881 254
1891 188
1901 171
1911 180
1921 163
1931 162
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Schools

  • The children of this place attended school at Ashby Folville.