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Blaby, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Blaby, a union town, a township, and a parish in Leicestershire, on a branch of the river Soar and on the Union Canal, 4½ miles S of Leicester, with a station on the L. & N.W.R., and a post and money order office under Leicester; telegraph office. South Wigston. Area, 1332 acres;, population, 1646. Shoemaking and framework knitting are the chief industries. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Peterborough; net yearly value, £400, derived chiefly from 327 acres of glebe with residence, in the gift of the Biphop of Peterborough. The church is a stone building in the Early Gothic style, and is believed to date from the 13th century. There is also a Baptist chapel. Blaby Hall is a fine country house in the Elizabethan style, standing in the midst of extensive pleasure grounds.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Administration

The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyLeicestershire 
Ecclesiastical parishBlaby All Saints 
HundredGuthlaxton 
Poor Law unionBlaby 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.


Church Records

Findmypast, in association with the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, have the following parish records online for Blaby:

BaptismsBannsMarriagesBurials
1560-19161754-19391568-19311565-1972

Churches

Church of England

All Saints (parish church)

The church of All Saints is a building of stone in an Early Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, south aisle, south porch and a tower with lofty spire, ornamented with carved heads and containing 5 bells, dated 1611, 1634, 1807 and 1887: the font is reputed to be Saxon: the east window was filled with stained glass in memory of the men of Blaby who fell in the Great War, 1914-18; there is also a tablet on which are inscribed their names: in 1902 the church was completely restored and reseated at a cost of £1,000: there are 400 free sittings.


Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.


Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Blaby from the following:


Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Leicestershire is online.


Maps

Online maps of Blaby are available from a number of sites:


Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Leicestershire newspapers online:

DistrictBlaby
CountyLeicestershire
RegionEast Midlands
CountryEngland
Postal districtLE8
Post TownLeicester