Ratby, a village, a township, and a parish in Leicestershire. The village stands near the Leicester and Swanning-ton branch of the M.R., 5 miles W by N of Leicester; it is irregularly built, and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Leicester; money order office, Groby; telegraph office, Kirby Muxloe. The parish contains also the hamlets of Groby, Botcheston, and Newtown Unthank, and comprises 4972 acres; population, 2201. Many of the inhabitants are framework knitters, and a large number work in the Groby granite quarries. The manor belongs to the Countess of Stamford and Warrington. A Roman camp of about 12 acres is about a mile W of the village. The living is a vicarage, united with the perpetual curacy of Groby, in the diocese of Peterborough; net value, £322, in the gift of the Executors of the Earl of Stanford. The church is a fine building in the Early Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave, S aisle, N porch, and a massive embattled western tower. It has an ancient font, some good stained windows, and a marble monument of 1615. There is a Primitive Methodist chapel.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Ratby St. Philip|
|Poor Law union||Market-Bosworth|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Findmypast, in association with the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, have the following parish records online for Ratby:
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Ratby from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Ratby (St. Philip))
Land and Property
A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Leicestershire is online.
Online maps of Ratby 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: