Goadby Marwood


Description in 1871:
"GOADBY-MARWOOD, a parish in Melton-Mowbray district, Leicester; 5 miles NNE of Melton-Mowbray town and r. station. Post town, Melton-Mowbray. Acres, 1, 618. Real property, £3,239. Pop., 195. Houses, 33. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to the Duke of Rutland. The Hall is a handsome mansion. The Park is a meet for the Belvoir hounds. Many Roman coins and other relics have been found. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £500. Patron, G. Bellairs, Esq. The church was built about 1280; and has a pinnacled tower, an ancient font, and the tomb of Peck, the antiquary, who was rector. Charities, £24."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]



  • This parish was in the Clawson sub-district of the Melton Mowbray Registration District.
  • In 1935, this parish was assigned to the Clawson sub-district of the Melton and Belvoir Registration District.
  • Our census section for the county gives general information.
  • 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 and Volume 25 (Clawson Sub-District) includes Goadby Marwood.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 587
1861 R.G. 9 / 2303
1871 R.G. 10 / 3296
1891 R.G. 12 / 2545

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Denis (Denys).
  • The church was built around 1280.
  • The church was restored and reseated in 1884.
  • The church seats 170.
  • There is a photograph of St. Denys Church at Wikipedia.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of St. Denys Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2016.
  • Tim GLOVER also has a photograph of St. Denys Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2002.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1656.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Framland (second portion).
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photogarph of the former Methodist church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2016.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Clawson sub-district of the Melton Mowbray Registration District.
  • In 1935, the parish was transferred to the new Melton and Belvoir Registration District.

Description & Travel

Goadby Marwood is a village and a parish at the foot of the hill 6 miles north of Melton Mowbray and 120 miles north of London. The parish covers about 1,620 acres.

The village has no pub or shop, but does have a post office that opens for 2 hours each week. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A607 arterial road northeast out of Melton Mowbray. At Waltham on the Wolds, turn left and exit the village after checking your petrol guage. The next village on the left, ahead, is Goadby Marwood.
  • Please note that there is only one road into or out of the village. One is ill-advised to attempt an alternate route through a bovine-dominated field.
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Main Street heading into Goadby Marwood on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2013.
  • The village has its own website which you can visit for local information: Goadby Marwood.
You can see pictures of Goadby Marwood which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • Numerous Roman coins, urns and human bones have been discovered here.
  • The Rev. Edmund CARTWRIGHT, rector here in 1820-23, was the inventor of the power loom.
  • Goadby Marwood has a tiny Village Hall, built of stone, that used to be the village school. You can rent it and have a dinner for all your living relatives in the village.


  • Goadby Hall, which stands near the church, was the seat of the Rev. Edward MANNERS in 1841.
  • Kate JEWELL has a photograph of Goadby Hall on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2005.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK780266 (Lat/Lon: 52.831395, -0.843716), Goadby Marwood which are provided by:


Military History

On a wall inside the church of St. Denys is a paper Roll of Honour in a wooden frame detailing those who served in World War I.

There is a marble plaque with black lettering which is a War Memorial to those who served in World War I.

There is also a framed, hand-written tablet on the wall commemorating those who fell in World War One.


Military Records

St. Denys Church has a Memorial to Peter Ronald FITTON, Royal Marines, who died in the Falklands conflict in 1982.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicestershire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the ancient Framland Hundred in the northern (or eastern) division of the county.
  • On 1 April, 1936, this Civil Parish was abolished and the area of 1.650 acres merged with Eaton Civil Parish.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Village Hall, taken in November, 2016. Stop in when it is open and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.

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.


 Year Inhabitants
1841 202
1861 195
1871 173
1881 155
1891 125
1901 188
1911 176
1921 157


  • A Parochial School was built here in 1861 to hold 70 children.