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Description in 1871:
"FREEBY, a chapelry in Melton-Mowbray parish, Leicester; near the river Wreak and the Melton-Mowbray canal, 1 mile NW of Saxby r. station, and 3¼ ENE of Melton-Mowbray. Post town, Melton-Mowbray. Acres, 1,546. Real property, £2,016. Pop., 126. Houses, 26. The living is a p. curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Melton-Mowbray, in the diocese of Peterborough. The church is old; and there is an Independent chapel."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]

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Census

  • The parish was in the Waltham 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.
1841 H.O. 107 / 588
1861 R.G. 9 / 2304
1871 R.G. 10 / 3297
1891 R.G. 12 / 2546
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mary.
     
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1894.
     
  • The church seats 200.
     
  • The church was closed for about six years due to structural issues (Jan. 2010 - 2016).
     
  • Tim HEATON has a photograph of the Church of St. Mary on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2004.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of the Church of St. Mary on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2016.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1604, but consists chiefly of fragments until about 1800.
     
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Framland (third portion).
     
  • The Congregationalists built a chapel here prior to 1881, which had been founded in 1665.
     
  • Andrew TATLOW has a photograph of the United Reformed Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2006.
     
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was in the Waltham 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

Freeby is a village, a chapelry and a township just a mile north of the River Eye, almost 4 miles east of Melton Mowbray and 101 miles north of London. The parish is not far from the border of Rutland county, just north of Stapleford. A stream in the parish feeds the River Eye.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the B676 arterial road east out of Melton Mowbray. Turn left to find Freeby.
     
  • Several streams in the parish feed into the River Eye.
     
You can see pictures of Freeby which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Freeby 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

  • This place was once a part of Melton Mowbray parish.
     
  • Much of the parish land was used for grazing.
     
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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
     

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK802200 (Lat/Lon: 52.771647, -0.812669), Freeby which are provided by:

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Military History

There is a marble and slate tablet that was installed in the parish church in 1919, dedicated to the men who died in the Great War.

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Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient chapelry and township of the county and a Civil Parish after Dec. 1866.
     
  • The parish was in the ancient Framland Hundred in the northern (or eastern) division of the county.
     
  • In 1881, the parish covered 1,546 acres. This was reduced by 1891 to 1,394 acres.
     
  • In April, 1936, this parish was enlarged and amalgamated with the abolition of Bretingby and Wyfordby Civil Parish, Saxby Civil Parish and Stapleford Civil Parish. This added about 5,000 acres to the parish.
     
  • You may contact the Joint Parish Council to discuss civic and political issues, but they can NOT do family history searches for you.
     
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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
1871 131
1881 132
1891 131
1901 134
1911 143
1921 153
1931 136
1951 412
1961 353
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Schools

  • In 1881, this parish boasted a small school built by Daniel THWAITES outside the village in 1875 to hold 39 children  .