Place:Shoby, Leicestershire, England

TypeLocality, Civil parish
Coordinates52.773°N 0.993°W
Located inLeicestershire, England     ( - 1936)
See alsoEast Goscote Hundred, Leicestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was included
Melton Mowbray Rural, Leicestershire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1935
Grimston, Leicestershire, Englandcivil parish into which it was absorbed in 1936
Melton District, Leicestershire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Shoby from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"SHOBY, an extra-parochial tract in Melton-Mowbray [registration] district, Leicester; 4½ miles WNW of Melton-Mowbray. Acres: 710. Real property: £1,149. Population: 39. Houses: 5."

Until 1458 Shoby had been an ancient parish. It was then reduced to an extraparochial area until 1858 when it became a civil parish. It had a population of about 50 in the 1920s. (Source:GENUKI) In 1936 Shoby was absorbed into the parish of Grimston.

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.

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

  • Maps on the place-pages for Belvoir Rural District and Melton and Belvoir Rural District illustrate the location of the various parishes and the geographical and administrative changes that occurred in 1936.
  • Parishioners would attend the Anglican churches at Saxelby and Asfordby, so look for all christening, marriage and burial records in those church registers. (Source:GENUKI)