Description in 1871:
"GOADBY, a chapelry in Billesdon parish, Leicester; near a branch of the river Welland, 5½ miles N by W of Medbourne - Bridge r. station, and 8 NNE of Market-Harborough. Post - town, Billesdon, under Leicester. Real property, £1,860. Pop., 134. Houses, 28. The manor belongs to Lord Berners. The living is a p. curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Billesdon, in the diocese of Peterborough. The church was restored in 1854."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]



  • This parish was in the Billesdon sub-district of the Billesdon Registration District.
  • The Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society have indexed the 1851 Census for Leicestershire. 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 / 2253
1871 R.G. 10 / 3227
1891 R.G. 12 / 2494

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
  • The church was built in the 13th century (about 1215) just to the east of the village.
  • The church was restored in 1854.
  • The church was restored again in 1899 and once more in 1931.
  • The church steeple has been struck by lkightning at least twice in recent decades.
  • The church was renovated in 2009.
  • The church seats 130.
  • Andrew TATLOW has a photograph of St. John's Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from the year 1700.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Gartree third portion).

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Goadby is a village, a township and a parish 3 miles north of Hallaton, 9 miles north of Market Harborough and 12 miles south-east of Leicester city. The parish covers 961 acres.

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Historical Geography

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



  • The land in the parish was typically given over to pasture.
  • Every year, the parish holds a fundraiser for the church's maintenance on the Saturday of the August Bank Holiday.


  • In 1912 Mrs. Rebecca BENNETT lived in the Manor House.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP751987 (Lat/Lon: 52.580935, -0.893097), Goadby which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

  • "Goadby" is from the Old Scandanavian. It is recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as "Goutebi"

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Billesdon parish in Leicestershire and became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • The parish was in the ancient Gartree Hundred in the eastern division of the county.
  • The parish has a small population and a formal Parish Council isn't needed. The citizens have periodic Parish Meetings to discuss civic or political issues.
  • District governance is provided by the Harborough District Council. They are not staffed to assist you with family searches, but you can discuss civic or regional issues with them.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Billesdon Poorlaw Union.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the East Norton petty session hearings the first Friday of each month.


 Year Inhabitants
1841 122
1871 126
1881 103
1891 83
1901 74
1911 62


  • A Public Elementary School was built here circa 1849 to hold 30 children.