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Description in 1887:
"SHOBY, par., Leicestershire, 4 miles NW. of Melton Mowbray, 710 ac., pop. 35."
John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887".

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Cemeteries

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Census

  • The parish was in the Melton Mowbray sub-district of the Melton Mowbray Registration District.
     
  • In 1935, the parish was transfered to the Melton and Belvoir 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.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2301
1871 R.G. 10 / 3295
1891 R.G. 12 / 2544
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Churches

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Church History

  • There was an ancient priory here before the Dissolution. A new priory was built in the early 15th century.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the new Shoby Priory on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.
     
  • There was no Anglican parish church at Shoby.
     
  • Most of the inhabitants attended church at Saxelby according to Kelly's 1925 Directory.
     
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Church Records

  • Parisioners would attend the Anglican churches at Saxelby and Asfordby, so look for all christening, marriage and burial records in those church registers.
     
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was in the Melton Mowbray sub-district of the Melton Mowbray Registration District.
     
  • In 1935, the parish was transfered to the Melton and Belvoir Registration District.
     
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Description & Travel

Shoby is a small parish which lies about 4.5 miles west of Melton Mobray. The parish covered just 969 acres, most of which was pasture for sheep and cattle.

The parish in 1881 consisted of two farms and some scattered houses. If you are planning a visit:

  • The webpage author's small scale map (large area) shows no village of Shoby.
     
  • Andrew TATLOW has a picturesque photograph of Shoby village in winter on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2009.
     
You can see pictures of Shoby which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Shoby 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

Stilton Cheese was made here.

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Maps

  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
     
  • The Grimstone Parish Council website has an online map showing local roads, villages and towns.
     

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK683204 (Lat/Lon: 52.776497, -0.989285), Shoby which are provided by:

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Military History

According to Parish Council minutes, the village has a War Memorial Hedge. The web page author could find no other mention of a war memorial for this quiet village.

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Names, Geographical

  • Although "Shoby" is the prefered usage, this parish also appears in old records as "Siwoldby".
     
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Politics & Government

  • The parish was in the eastern division of the county.
     
  • This parish was an "ancient parish" of Leicestershire until 1428, when it became an extra-parochial area.
     
  • In 1858, the parish was formally established as a Civil Parish.
     
  • In April, 1936, the parish of Shoby was abolished to enlarge Grimston Civil Parish.
     
  • The former parish has been merged into the Grimston, Saxelby and Shoby parish.
     
  • The parish is currently part of the Melton Borough Council.
     
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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.
     
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Population

 Year Inhabitants
1871 29
1881 35
1891 26
1901 36
1911 23
1921 53
1931 49
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Schools

  • The children of this parish attended school in Grimston.