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Dalby on the Wolds or Old Dalby, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Dalby-on-the-Wolds or Old Dalby, a village and a parish in Leicestershire, adjacent to the Fosse Way and the boundary with Notts, with a station on the M.R., and 7 miles WNW from Melton-Mowbray. There is a post office under Melton-Mowbray; money order office, Hickling; telegraph office, Old Dalby station. Acreage, 3181; population, 345. Dalby Hall is a chief residence. Stilton cheese is made here in considerable quantities. A preceptory of Knights Hospitallers was founded here in the time of Henry II. by Robert de Bossu, Earl of Leicester. The living is a donative in the diocese of Peterborough; gross yearly value, £315. The church was built in 1836 at a cost of £5000, and has a square tower.

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 parishDalby-On-The-Wolds St. John the Baptist 
HundredEast Goscote 
Poor Law unionMelton-Mowbray 

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

Church Records

The parish registers are of parchment, in good condition, and date from the year 1725.


Church of England

St. John the Baptist (parish church)

The church of St. John the Baptist, rebuilt in 1835, at a cost of £5,000, is an edifice of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, south aisle, north porch and an embattled tower containing a clock and 4 bells, dated 1584, 1631, 1608 and 1835: there are three monuments in the chancel to the Gainsborough family, two of which are dated 1548 and 1603; the date of the other is unknown: the Rev. George Sawyer M.A. a former incumbent, left by will £275 yearly as an additional endowment to the church, which he rebuilt, and the interest of £1,000 for the fabric and church expenses: in 1894 the church was restored, the tenor bell recast and the bells rehung, and a new organ added, at a total cost of £1,400: there are 200 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Dalby on the Wolds or Old Dalby from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Leicestershire is online.

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Leicestershire newspapers online: