Place:Welby, Leicestershire, England

TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates52.783°N 0.911°W
Located inLeicestershire, England     ( - 1936)
See alsoFramland Hundred, Leicestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish was included
Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, Englandancient parish of which it was a township and chapelry prior to 1866
Melton Mowbray Rural, Leicestershire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1936
Asfordby, 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 Welby from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"WELBY, a chapelry in Melton-Mowbray parish, Leicester; 2 miles NW by W of Melton-Mowbray [railway] station. Post town: Melton-Mowbray. Real property: £1,488. Population: 64. Houses: 8. The manor belongs to Sir W. E. Welby, Bart. The living is annexed to Melton-Mowbray. The church is good."

Welby became a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 became part of the Melton Mowbray Rural District. In 1936 it was abolished and the majority of the area was transferred to the neighbouring parish of Asfordby. A small portion was absorbed into Melton Mowbray.

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

  • 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.