Description in 1871:
"GALBY, or Gaulby, a township and a parish in Billesdon district, Leicester. The township lies 2 miles SW of Billesdon, and 4¼ NE of Glen r. station. Real property, £1,578. Pop., 74. Houses, 14. The parish contains also the township of Frisby; and its post town is Billesdon, under Leicester. Acres, 1,170. Real property, £3, 179. Pop., 93. Houses, 18. The property is divided among a few. The land is hilly. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £275. Patron, the Hon. H. L. Powys-Keck. The church has a tower, and is very good."
John Marius Wilson's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72


  • The parish was in the Billesdon sub-district of the Billesdon registration district.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2254
1871 R.G. 10 / 3228
1891 R.G. 12 / 2494

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church was built circa 1200 AD.
  • The church seats 100.
  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008.
  • Tristan FORWARD also has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1609.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Gartree (second portion).

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Galby is a small village and a small parish seated on a height 8 miles southwest of Leicester city, 2 miles southwest of Billesdon and about 105 miles north of London. The parish covers about 920 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A47 arterial road east out of Leicester city and turn right (south) after passing through Houghton on the hill. That county road should, after about a mile, bring you to Galby village.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph taken in July, 2007. You could lend your artistic skills to them for the creation of new signs!.
You can see pictures of Galby which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Much of the parish land was used for grazing.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK695011 (Lat/Lon: 52.603251, -0.975224), Galby which are provided by:


Military History

There appears to be no War Memorial or even a Commonwealth War Grave in Galby.


Names, Geographical

  • Literally, 'gall farm/settlement'. The specific may refer to a barren place in a field, a coppice or wet, poor ground. align="right"
  • Although "Galby" was the official name, "Gaulby" was the name preferred by the residents. Many records will be found under this spelling.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish of the county and a modern Civil Parish until 1936.
  • The parish was in the ancient Gartree Hundred (or Wapentake) in the southern division of the county.
  • The parish contained the townships of Galby and Frisby.
  • In April, 1936, this parish was abolished and all 2,301 acres were amalgamated into the new Broughton and Old Dalby Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • The Coomon Land was inclosed here in the early part of the 17th century (most in 1614).
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the East Norton petty session hearings the first Friday of each month.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, the parish became part of the Billesdon Poorlaw Union.


Population figures below are often just for the township and not the whole parish.

 Year Inhabitants
1801 104
1841 108
1871 90
1881 88
1891 69
1901 52
1911 53
1921 56
1931 70
1961 80


  • A Public Elementary School was built in 1875 for the parishes of Galby, Frisby, King's Norton and Stretton Parva and to hold 50 children.