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Freeby, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Freeby, a small village, a township, and a -chapelry in Melton Mowbray parish, Leicestershire, near the river Wreak and the Melton Mowbray Canal, 1 mile NW of Saxby station on the M.R., and 3½ miles ENE of Melton Mowbray. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Melton Mowbray. Acreage, 1395; population, 131. The living is a chapelry in the parish of Melton Mowbray. The church is Early English, and has a fine tower. There is also a Congregational chapel.

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


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

Ancient CountyLeicestershire 
Civil parishMelton Mowbray 
Poor Law unionMelton-Mowbray 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1604, but up to the year 1800 consists chiefly of fragments bound together.

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



Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is an ancient edifice of stone, in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower with pinnacles, containing 3 bells, dated 1614, 1631 and 1658: the church was thoroughly restored in 1894 at a cost of £1,300, and affords 200 sittings.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Freeby from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Freeby 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:

RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtLE14
Post TownMelton Mowbray