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Great Dalby or Dalby Magna, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Dalby, Great, or Dalby Magna, a village and a parish in Leicestershire, 3 miles S by W of Melton-Mowbray, with a station three-fourths of a mile W from the village on the G.N. and L. & N.W½. Joint railway. There is a post office under Melton-Mowbray; money order and telegraph office,. Little Dalby. Acreage, 2383; population, 392. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough; gross yearly value, £178 with residence. Patron, Sir Francis Burdett,. Bart. The church is an ancient building of stone in the Norman style. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 Magna St. Swithin 
HundredEast Goscote 
Poor Law unionMelton-Mowbray 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1591.


Church of England

St. Swithin (parish church)

The church of St. Swithin is an old building of stone in the Norman style, consisting of chancel, nave, south aisle, south porch and a western tower containing a clock and 5 bells, two dated respectively 1598 and 1684, two recast in 1784 and one undated: the spire fell in the year 1658 and has not been replaced: in 1888 the west doorway and window were restored and the tower arch (previously blocked up) was reopened: a new organ was provided in Jan. 1908: there is a memorial to the men of the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18; there are 240 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 Great Dalby or Dalby Magna 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

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