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From John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1970-72":
OADBY, a village and a parish in Blaby district, Leicestershire. The village stands 2¾ miles E N E of Wigston r. station, and 3½ S E of Leicester; is a large place, chiefly of one long street, very clean and neatly edificed; carries on framework-knitting for the Leicester manufacturers; and has a postal letter-box under Leicester, and an inn. The parish comprises 1,560 acres. The manor belongs to H. L. Powys-Keck, £5,707. Pop. in 1851, 1,196; in 1861, 1,254. Houses, 268. The property is subdivided. The parish is a meet for the Quarndon hounds. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £210. Patrons, Certain Guardians. The church is ancient; was extensively repaired in 1853; has a tower with octagonal spire; and contains a piscina, sedilia, and several ancient monuments. There are chapels for Baptists and Primitive Methodists, national and infant schools, and charities £44.

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Archives & Libraries

In 1904 the Public Library was opened.

The Oadby Library at 10 The Parade is a branch of the Leicester County Council Library System. It is open 5 days each week (verify by phone if you are visiting) and has staff trained in Family History research.

David HALLAM-JONES has a photograph of Oadby Library on The Parade on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2013.
 

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Cemeteries

  • A cemetery of one acre was formed in 1866. It was extended by 3/4 of an acre in 1910. The cemetery was under the control of the parish council's Burial Board.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2014.
     
  • Andrew TATLOW also has a photograph of the Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2006.
     
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Census

  • The parish was in the Blaby sub-district of the Blaby 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 / 599
1861 R.G. 9 / 2255 & 2256
1871 R.G. 10 / 3231 & 3232
1891 R.G. 12 / 2498
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
     
  • The origin of the church is uncertain.
     
  • The church was extensively repaired in 1853.
     
  • The church was extensively repaired in 1877-78.
     
  • The church seats 368.
     
  • David HALLAM-JONES has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2013.
     
  • Tim GLOVER also has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2016.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1651.
     
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Gartree (second portion).
     
  • A Baptist chapel was founded here in 1825 and rebuilt in 1898.
     
  • David HALLAM-JONES has a photograph of the Baptist chapel on Leicester Road on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2013.
     
  • The United Methodists had a chapel here by 1912.
     
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was in the Blaby sub-district of the Blaby Registration District.
     
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Description & Travel

Oadby is a large village, a township and a civil parish. The parish covers 1,560 acres. The village has become something of a "University town" with lots of dormitories and student-friendly establishments.

The village and parish are currently part of the conurbation known as Leicester city. The parish sits to the south-east of the city centre on the Leicester to Market Harborough road. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A6 motorway southeast out of Leicester about three miles.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2007. Please don't tell the locals that I think it looks like a giant pair of salad tongs!
     
You can see pictures of Oadby which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Oadby 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

  • There was an Anglian settlement here in the year 550. In 1760, the Anglian burial ground was discovered on Brock's Hill.
     
  • The Oadby area is reputedly one of the areas where King Alfred the Great won one of his battles against the Danes.
     
  • The town is most famous for the Leicester Racecourse, built in 1883, which sits on the border between Oadby and Leicester city.
     
  • The University of Leicester also has Beauchamp College in this parish, as well as its Botanic Garden.
     
  • In January, 1817, some 400 people rioted here, setting haystacks ablaze. The Leicester Cavalry and a detachment of Dragoons were called out to put down the riot. Three people were imprisoned.
     
  • In the late 19th century a number of substantial homes were built here to house workers for Leicester's shoe and stocking manufacturer's employees. Oadby was a good location as the Leicester tram lines halted at the edge of the village.
     
  • In 1904 the Baths were opened.
     
  • In 1909 a set of Framework Knitters Homes were built on Stoughton Road, where you can still see them.
     
  • Expansion of Oadby took place rapidly in the twentieth century and was still continuing in 2007. Many residential developments have been constructed.
     
  • Stop by the Wheel Inn and ask about their history.
     
  • Or try the Fox Inn and ask about their history.
     
  • Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Black Dog Inn and the Fox Inn on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2017.
     
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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
     

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK625003 (Lat/Lon: 52.596909, -1.078719), Oadby which are provided by:

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Military History

  • The War Memorial is a white stone column with a cross at the top.
     
  • David HALLAM-JONES has a photograph of the War Memorial at the junction of Wigston Road and the London Road, on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2013.
     
  • There is more information at the Leicestershire War Memorial site.
     
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Names, Geographical

  • From the 1086 Domesday Book, Oadby's name is recorded as "Aldebi".
     
  • The name has since appeared as "Oladebi, Outherby, Onderby" and "Oadby".
     
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Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Leicester county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
     
  • The parish is in the ancient Guthlaxton Hundred in the southern division of the county.
     
  • The 1891 "Leicester Extension Act" added a part of Knighton parish to Oadby parish.
     
  • In April, 1936, there were a series of changes to the parish boundaries involving surrounding parishes. Most of these changes enlarged the parish.
     
  • Oadby is now part of the Leicester Urban Area.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Leicester petty session hearings.
     
  • In 1879, William WILKINSON left the sum of £1,330, the interest of which provided dinners and other comforts for the aged men and women of the parish at Christmas time.
     
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, this parish became part of the Blaby Poorlaw Union.
     
  • In 1908, the Honorable Society of Framework Knitters built 20 almshouses with 40 acres of land.
     
  • David HALLAM-JONES provides a photograph of the Stoughton Road almshouses on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2013.
     
  • In 1927, the North Memorial Homes complex was opened in the parish. David HALLAM-JONES provides a photograph of the North Memorial Homes on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2013. The caption provides a lot more information on their use.
     
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Population

 Year Inhabitants
1801 624
1811 766
1821 856
1831 1,023
1841 1,085
1851 1,196
1861 1,254
1901 1,890
1911 2,609
1961 12,256
2001 22,729
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Schools

  • The Public Elementary School on Main Street was built in 1878 for 247 children.
     
  • An Infants' School was built in 1911 for 200 children.
     
  • David HALLAM-JONES has a photograph of the former Board School on London Road on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2013.