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St Mary, Ashby Folville, Leicestershire

(52°42′0″N, 0°57′24″W)
Ashby Folville
SK 706 119
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Leicestershire
now Leicestershire
medieval Lincoln
now Leicester
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Richard Jewell
  • Ron Baxter
  • Jennifer Alexander
04 Aug 1990 RJ; 2 Sept 2014 (JA)

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Ashby Folville is a village in the Melton district of E Leicestershire, 8 miles SW of Melton Mowbray and 9 miles NE of Leicester. The church is in the village centre and consists of an aisled and clerestoreyed nave wirh a S porch, a chancel with a S chapel and a W tower. The N aisle is 13thc but was extended W by one bay in the 14thc, when the S aisle was added. The chancel is also 14thc and the tower and nave clerestorey are both 15thc. Construction is of ironstone ashlar except for the limestone W tower, and the church was restored in 1875 and 1885-1913 by John Ely of Mnachester. The font is the only Romanesque feature.


Ashby Folville was held by Ralph from Countess Judith in 1086. It was assessed at 4 carucates of ploghland with a priest and a mill, and a total of 29 listed in the vill, implying a total population of around 150 people. A smaller holding of 1 caructae was held by Hugh from Henry de Ferrers, but that belonged to Newton Folville. The church was given to Laund Priory by Richard and Maud Bassett in the 12thc. The Matriculus of 1220 describes it as a rectory under the patronage of this priory, with a chapel at the nearby village of Barsby (Nichols).





The font, of limestone, is datable to the third quarter of the 12thc. Similar intersecting arcading can be seen on the remodelled font at Foxton.


Historic England Listed Building, English Heritage Legacy ID: 189838

J. Nichols, The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester, 4 vols, London 1795 – 1810-11, III, 30-31, pl. V, fig. 36

  1. N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Leicestershire and Rutland, New Haven and London 2003, 85-86.