Description in 1871:
"RAGDALE, Rakedale, or Wreakdale, a parish in Melton-Mowbray district, Leicester; on the wolds, near the Fosse-way, 2¼ miles N by W of Brooksby r. station, and 6 W by N of Melton-Mowbray. Post-town, Hoby, under Leicester. Acres, 1,980. Real property, £1,806. Pop., 120. Houses, 21. The manor belongs to the Duchess of Sforza. R. Hall was the seat of Earl Ferrers, and is now a farm-house. The New Hall is the residence of J. Richards, Esq. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £40. Patron, H. Jolliffe, Esq. The church is old, and has a low tower. The churchyard contains a stone cross."
John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72.
- The parish was in the Melton Mowbray sub-district of the Melton Mowbray Registration District until 1935.
- 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 and Volume 24 covers the Melton sub-district which includes Ragdale.
- In 1935, the parish was transfered to the Melton and Belvoir Registration District.
- The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
|1861||R.G. 9 / 2301|
|1871||R.G. 10 / 3295|
|1891||R.G. 12 / 2544|
- The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
- The church is built of stone.
- The date of construction is unreported.
- The church chancel was rebuilt in 1787.
- The church was restored in 1874.
- The Medieval cross in the churchyard was repaired in the 20th century.
- The church seats 100.
- The church is a Grade II structure by British Heritage.
- Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of All Saints' Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2014.
- Richard CROFT also has a photograph of All Saints' Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2011.
- The Anglican parish register dates from 1640 (another source gives 1668).
- The church is in the rural deanery of Goscote (second portion).
- Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
- The parish was in the Melton Mowbray sub-district of the Melton Mowbray Registration District until 1934.
- In 1934, the parish was transferred to the Melton and Belvoir Registration District.
Ragdale is a village and a township, and was a parish, 6 miles west of Melton Mowbray, 12 miles north-east of Leicester city and about 95 miles north of London. The parish coves 1,415 acres.
The village sits on the north bank of a feeder stream to the River Wreake. If you are planning a visit:
- By automobile, take the A607 arterial road west out of Melton Mowbray. Turn right at Rotherby and go across the Wreake River into Hoby, then straight on to Ragdale.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Ragdale to another place.
You can see the administrative areas in which Ragdale 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. Some corn and root crops were grown here as well.
- Ragdale Old Hall, now a farmhouse, was the property of Major William Philip CANTRELL-HUBBERSTY in 1925 and was formerly the seat of the Earls FERRERS.
- Over the front door are the arms of the SHIRLEY family.
- See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK662198 (Lat/Lon: 52.771744, -1.020189), Ragdale which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
- In 1912, Colonel A. C. Cantrell-Hubbersty resided in Ragsdale Hall. Colonel Cantrell-Hubbersty is normally associated with Tollerton Hall in Nottinghamshire. It appears that the Colonel died in 1915 at the age of 72.
- This place was an ancient parish of the county and it became modern Civil Parish when those were established.
- The parish was in the ancient East Goscote Hundred in the eastern division of the county.
- Ragdale formed a joint Parish Council with Hoby, Rotherby and Brooksby. You may contact the Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they CANNOT help you with family history searches.
- 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.