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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Kilby St. Mary Magdalene|
|Poor Law union||Blaby|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Kilby (St. Mary Magdalene))
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:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Leicestershire newspapers online: