Description in 1871:
"BLACKFORDBY, a chapelry in Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Seal parishes, Leicester; 2 miles NW of Ashby-de-la-Zouch r. station. Post Town, Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Acres, 1,117. Real property, £3,064. Pop., 645. Houses, 129. The church was recently rebuilt. There are a Wesleyan chapel and a national school."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales", 1870-72]



Cris SLOAN has a photograph of part of the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2007.



  • The parish was in the Hartshorn subdistrict of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch 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:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2268
1871 R.G. 10 / 3246
1891 R.G. 12 / 2509

Church History

  • The ecclesiastical parish was formed on 15 February, 1876, from Blackfordby chapelry and parts of Holy Trinity ecclesiastical parish of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, and Woodville and Donisthorpe ecclesiastical parishes in Derbyshire. The ecclesiastical parish extended into Derbyshire.
  • The Anglican parish church for Blackfordby is dedicated to Saint Margaret of Antioch.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1858 to replace a structure that had existed since the 11th century.
  • A clock was added in 1920 to commemorate the 28 men who fell in World War I.
  • The church seats 300.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of St. Margaret Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2008.

Church Records

  • The earliest Anglican parish register dates from Febr., 1653 to Febr., 1790.
  • The remaining Anglican parish register dates from 1854 for baptisms, 1813 for burials and 1876 for marriages
  • The church is in the rural deanery of West Akeley.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here prior to 1912.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Blackfordby is a Civil Parish with two villages; Blackfordby and Boothorpe. It lies on the border with Derbyshire, about 120 miles north of London, 2 miles north-west of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The parish covers over 1,230 acres.

Boothorpe is a hamlet or village which is three-quarters of a mile south-west of Blackfordby church. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A50 west out of Leicester city to Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Blackfordby is just two miles beyond.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2008. You will note that the parish is part of the National Forest.


You can see pictures of Blackfordby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • in the 1800s and early 1900s the parish made bricks, sanitary pipe and pottery.
  • The village had a station on the Midland railway in 1881.
  • "The Bitterman" has a photograph of the Black Lion Pub on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010
  • These are the names associated with the Black Lion Inn in various directories:
Year  Person
1849 -- Not listed --
1863 -- Not listed --
1881 John COLE, shopkeeper
1908 Albert MEE
1912 Albert MEE
1925 Charles Frederick HOBSON
  • "The Bitterman" has a photograph of the Bludbell Inn on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.


  • Blackfordby Hall is mentioned in 19th and 20th century directories, but no description or past is given.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK329179 (Lat/Lon: 52.757713, -1.51394), Blackfordby which are provided by:


Military History

On: 27 October 2014, a new WW1 and WW2 memorial in the village of Blackfordby was unveiled near to the ancient village spring. The memorial is a stone obelisk with inscribed plaques on its base. Local school children each left a cross with a name from the war memorial. An exhibition based on wartime Blackfordby and its casualties was held in the Methodist Church (which itself contains a war memorial plaque and roll of honour).

Blackfordby’s Church of England church also has a war memorial clock in the tower.


Politics & Government

  • For centuries, this place was a chapelry and a township in Ashby-de-la-Zouch parish.
  • Blackfordby became a modern Civil Parish in late 1866 during a drive to extend civil government to all people.
  • The parish was in the ancient West Goscote Hundred in the Loughborough (or Western) division of the county.
  • On 24 March, 1884, a detached part of Over and Nether Seal was transferred to this parish.
  • On 30 September, 1897, a portion of this parish was transferred to help create Woodville Civil Parish in Derbyshire.
  • On 1 April, 1936, this Civil Parish was abolished and 775 acres returned to Ashby-de-la Zouch Civil Parish and the remaining 464 acres went to Ashby Woulds Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Ashby-de-la-Zouch petty session hearings.
  • Due to historical reasons, the poor of this parish participated in the charities available to the poor of Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, Blackfordby became part of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Poorlaw Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1841 478
1861 645
1871 731
1881 1,047
1891 1,040
1901 588
1911 517
1921 525
1931 705


  • The parish built a Public Elementary School near the church in 1889 to hold up to 71 children and 46 infants.
  • St. Margaret's Church of England Primary School has its own website, and a short history of the school is posted.