UK Genealogy Archives logo

Kilby, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Kilby, a parish, with a village, in Leicestershire, on a branch of the river Soar, and on the Union Canal, 2¼ miles from Glen station on the M.R., and 63- SSE of Leicester. It has a post office under Leicester; money order office, Countes-thorpe; telegraph office, Glen railway station. Acreage, 1068; population of the civil parish, 242; of the ecclesiastical, with Wistow and Newton Harcourt, 445. The living is a vicarage, with that of Wistow and Newton Harcourt annexed, in the diocese of Peterborough; net yearly value, , £160. The church is a plain modern building of stone in the Early English style, and there is a small 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 
Ecclesiastical parishKilby St. Mary Magdalene 
Poor Law unionBlaby 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1590.

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



Church of England

St. Mary Magdalen (parish church)

The church of St. Mary Magdalen, rebuilt in 1858, is a small and plain edifice of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch and an open turret containing one bell: the stained east window is a memorial to the Rev. Henry Kebble, 54 years perpetual curate of this parish (1813-67), placed by his children; in the chancel is also a memorial window to Daniel Glover and Sarah his wife: the eagle lectern of oak is a memorial to Jonathan Glover, and there is a brass to Daniel, Jonathan and Joseph Glover: the church was renovated at a cost of about £120, in memory of Queen Victoria: there are 350 sittings, 100 being free.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Kilby 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 Kilby 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 districtLE18
Post TownWigston