Appleby, a village, a township, and a parish on the confines of Leicester and Derby. The village stands 1 1/2 mile WSW of the Mease river and the Ashby-de-la- Zouch Canal, and about 2 miles from Measham railway station. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Atherstone. It is sometimes called Appleby-Magna or Great Appleby, while a hamlet a little S of it, in the same parish, is called Appleby-Parva or Little Appleby. The parish comprises 2853 acres; population, 657. Appleby Hall is the seat of the Moore family, who are lords of the manor. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; value, £800 with residence. The church is a handsome structure with a spire, and has some good painted glass. There are three dissenting chapels and an endowed grammar-school-the latter founded in 1697 by Sir John Moore, lord mayor of London. Endowed income of the grammar-school, £300 per annum.
The parish register dates from the year 1572.
Details of the places of worship in Appleby, and their records, can be found on the following pages:
- St. Michael (Church of England)
A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Leicestershire is online.