Place:Frisby on the Wreake, Leicestershire, England

NameFrisby on the Wreake
Alt namesFrisby-on-the-Wreakesource: Family History Library Catalog (hyphenated)
Frisby on the Wreaksource: A Vision of Britain through Time
Frisby-on-the-Wreaksource: hyphenated
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates52.7525°N 0.9717°W
Located inLeicestershire, England
See alsoEast Goscote Hundred, Leicestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was included
Melton Mowbray Rural, Leicestershire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1936
Melton and Belvoir Rural, Leicestershire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1936-1974
Melton District, Leicestershire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

NOTE: There is another very small parish in Leicestershire named Frisby (near Billesdon). It is now in the Harborough District southwest of Leicester.

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Frisby on the Wreake is a village and civil parish on the River Wreake about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) west of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England. The 2011 UK census recorded the parish's population as 557.

The toponym "Frisby" was applied by Danish invaders in the 9th or 10th century. It refers to the farm or settlement of the Frisians. The "on the Wreake" suffix was added later to distinguish the village from another Frisby, near Billesdon, about 8 miles (13 km) to the southeast. "Wreake" refers to the River Wreake. The name of the river originates from a Danish word referring to the meandering nature of the river.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Frisby on the Wreake.

Local Administration

The parish was part of Melton Mowbray Rural District from 1894 until 1935 when the rural district was abolished and replaced by the Melton and Belvoir Rural District which covered a larger area. A year after the introduction of the new rural district its parishes were reorganized and reduced in number from 68 to 25. Frisby on the Wreake was unusual in that no parishes were absorbed into it at this time. However the "on the Wreake" part of its name was dropped at this time, so it became, simply, "Frisby".

In 1974 a new nationwide organization of local government was introduced in which rural and urban districts were replaced by "non-metropolitan" districts. In the northeast of Leicestershire this meant little save for the fact that the principal town of Melton Mowbray, formerly a separate urban district, was now governed by the same body (Melton District or Borough) as the rural area that surrounded it.

Research Tips

  • The map on the place-page for Melton Mowbray Rural District illustrates the location of the various parishes and the geographical and administrative changes that occurred in 1936.
  • From this Findmypast page you can browse the Leicestershire parishes which have parish register transcripts online.
  • From this Ancestry page you can browse the Leicestershire parishes which have parish register transcripts online.
  • For both of the above sites, a subscription is charged. Transcriptions of these records may also be available free of charge on the FamilySearch website.
  • A further collection of online source references will be found on the county page for Leicestershire.
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