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Description in 1887:
"Brooksby, par. and ry. sta., N. Leicestershire, on river Wreak, 9 miles NE. of Leicester, 861 ac., pop. 67. Near the sta. is Brooksby Hall, birth place of the Duke of Buckingham (1592-1628), favourite of James I."
[John BARTHOLOMEW's "Gazetteer of the British Isles," 1887]

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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

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael (or St. Michael and All Angels).
     
  • The date of construction is unreported.
     
  • The church was restored in 1620.
     
  • The church was restored again in 1879.
     
  • The church seats 100.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of St. Michael and All Angels on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2009.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1620.
     
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Goscote (second portion).
     
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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 1934.
     
  • In 1934, the parish was transferred to the Melton and Belvoir Registration District.
     
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Description & Travel

Brooksby is a village and was a parish, 6 miles south-west of Melton Mowbray, 9 miles north-east of Leicester city and 112 miles north of London. The parish covered 867 acres on the south bank of the River Wreake and included the hamlet of Hoby Newfields.

The village is too small to show on my small scale (large area) map. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A607 arterial road west out of Melton Mobray. Turn left at Rotherby and pass through that village. The fields to the right are Brooksby.
     
  • Rail passenger service here ceased in 1961.
     
You can see pictures of Brooksby which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Brooksby 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.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Brooksby medieval village area on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.
     
  • Ben BROOKSBANK has a photograph of Brooksby Station on Geo-graph, taken in June 1962.
     
  • The train station closed years ago. Glen MANSFIELD has a photograph of closed Brooksby Station on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2008.
     
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Manors

  • Brooksby Hall, near the church, was considerably enlarged in 1891.
     
  • Brooksby Hall was the residence of Rear-Admiral David BEATTY in 1912.
     
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of Brooksby Hall on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2007.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Brooksby Hall on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015, along with some history.
     
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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
     

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK675165 (Lat/Lon: 52.741922, -1.001601), Brooksby which are provided by:

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Military History

  • From 1911 through 1925, Brooksby Hall was the residence of Admiral of the Fleet David BEATTY.
     
  • Inside St. Michael and All Angels church there is a plaque honoring all the senior officers who fought at the Battle of Jutland in May, 1916.
     
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Military Records

The senior officers listed on the Jutland Plaque are:

Name Rank Unit Died
Robert Keith ARBUTHNOT Rear Admiral Royal Navy, HMS Defiance 31 May 1916
Thomas Parry BONHAM Captain Royal Navy, HMS Black Prince 31 May 1916
Arthur Lindesay CAY Captain Royal Navy, HMS Invincible 31 May 1916
Stanley Venn ELLIS Captain Royal Navy, HMS Defiance 31 May 1916
Horace Lanham Alexander HOOD Rear Admiral Royal Navy, HMS Invincible 31 May 1916
Cecil Irby PROWSE Captain Royal Navy, HMS Queen Mary 31 May 1916
Charles Fitzgerald SOWERBY Captain Royal Navy, HMS Indefatigable 31 May 1916
Charles John WINTOUR Captain Royal Navy, HMS Tipperary 31 May 1916
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Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish of the county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
     
  • The parish was in the ancient East Goscote Hundred in the northern (or eastern) division of the county.
     
  • In 1881, the parish covered 861 acres. This was enlarged by 1891 to 867 acres.
     
  • In April, 1936, this parish was abolished and the 867 acres amalgamated with Rotherby to create the new Hoby with Rotherby 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 ~12
1871 61
1881 67
1891 42
1901 73
1911 58
1921 43
1931 69
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Schools

  • The children of this parish attended school in Rotherby.
     
  • Brooksby is also home to the modern Brooksby Melton College of land-based education and vocational training.