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:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2301
1871 R.G. 10 / 3295
1891 R.G. 12 / 2544

Church History

  • 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.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1640 (another source gives 1668).
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Goscote (second portion).

Civil Registration

  • 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.

Description & Travel

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.
You can see pictures of Ragdale which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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:


Military History

  • 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.

Politics & Government

  • 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.

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
1801 81
1821 98
1841 121
1861 120
1881 102
1901 101
1921 90


  • There was a Public Elementary School here by 1911, built for 40 students.