Oadby, a village, a township, and a parish in Leicestershire. The village stands 2 miles ENE of Wigston station on the M.R., and 3½ SE of Leicester; is a large place, chiefly of one long street, very clean and neatly edificed; carries on framework knitting and the manufacture of boots and shoes for the Leicester manufacturers; and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Leicester. The parish comprises 2164 acres; population of the civil parish, 1865; of the ecclesiastical, 1852. The manor belongs to the Powys-Keck family. There is a racecourse which was formed in 1883, comprises 196 acres, and overlooks the valley of the Soar. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough; net value, £232 with residence. The church is an ancient building of stone in the Decorated style, was extensively repaired in 1887, has a tower with octagonal spire, and contains a piscina, sedilia, and several ancient monuments. There are Baptist and Free Methodist chapels, and some useful charities.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Oadby St. Peter|
|Poor Law union||Blaby|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Oadby from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Oadby (St. Peter))
Land and Property
A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Leicestershire is online.
Online maps of Oadby 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: