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Oadby, Leicestershire

Historical Description

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.

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 parishOadby St. Peter 
Poor Law unionBlaby 

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

Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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DistrictOadby and Wigston
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtLE2
Post TownLeicester