Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for BLABY

BLABY, a village, a parish, and a district in Leicestershire. The village stands on a branch of the river Soar and on the Union Canal, 4½ miles S of Leicester; and has a station on the S. Leicester railway, and a post office under Leicester. Pop., 1,023. Houses, 244. The parish includes also the chapelry of Countesthorpe Acres, 3,300. Real property, £7,524. Pop., 1,998. Houses, 463. The property is subdivided. Worsted and stocking manufactures are carried on. The living is a rectory, united with the p. curacy of Countesthorpe, in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £350.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor The church is very good. There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels, a fine national school, and a cemetery with two chapels of 1862.—The district comprehends the subdistrict of Wigston, containing the parishes of Blaby, Kilby, Foston, Wigston-Magna, and Oadby, and part of the parishes of St. Margaret-Leicester and Aylestone; and the subdistrict of Enderby, containing the parishes of Enderby, Whetstone, Cosby, Narborough Glenfield, Thurlaston, and Croft, the extra-parochial tracts of Kirby-Frith, Glenfield-Frith, Leicester-Forest East, Leicester-Forest West, the Knoll and Bassett House, and parts of the parishes of Aylestone and Barwell. Acres, 34,207. Poor-rates in 1866, £8,122. Pop. in 1861, 14,171. Houses, 3,126. Marriages in 1866, 93; births, 483,-of which 40 were illegitimate; deaths, 262,-of which 128 were at ages under 5 years, and 8 at ages above 85 years. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 939; births, 5,193; deaths, 3,046. The places of worship in 1851 were 17 of the Church of England, with 5,181 sittings; 6 of Independents,-with 1,834 s.; 6 of Baptists, with 1,498 s.; 5 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 561 s.; 4 of Primitive Methodists, with 474 s.; 2 of the Wesleyan Association, with 185 s.; 1 of Wesleyan Reformers, with 60 s.; and 1 undefined, with 230 s. The schools were 14 public day schools, with 922 scholars; 45 private day schools, with 852 s.; 31 Sunday schools, with 2,895 s.; and 2 evening schools for adults, with 31 s. The workhouse is in Enderby; was built at a cost of £4,400; and can accommodate 350 persons.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

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Feature Description: "a village, a parish, and a district"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Blaby AP/CP       Blaby PLU/RegD       Leicestershire AncC
Place: Blaby

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