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Located in the heart of the beautiful Leicestershire countryside

The quintessential  English village  

About Us

This site is maintained by village volunteers who have taken information principally from census and other records, gravestones, villagers, local newspapers and people connected with Goadby Marwood.

The aim of the site is to document the history of Goadby Marwood and to provide an archive of local information that will be of value to anyone with a connection to our beautiful village.

It is hoped that our site provides pleasure for the casual browser and helps people to understand what makes Goadby Marwood the village it is today. Hours of painstaking research and transcription have gone into bringing you this unique repository of village information.


Can you contribute?

We rely on contributions from local residents, past and present, and those associated with Goadby Marwood village and surrounding farms. We welcome photographs relating to the village - also documents, magazines, anecdotes, photographs of ancestors - anything that relates to the historical aspects of Goadby Marwood. If you can help we would love to hear from you!


Become a Member

Everyone who works to support the ongoing research of The Goadby Marwood History Group is a volunteer. We need your help to continue with our extensive and varied history projects, and to keep this website running. If you've found the information on this site interesting or useful, or if you would like to become more involved in our research projects, why not become a member? Membership costs just £10 per year and benefits include free or reduced price entry to events.

If you would like to support our continuing research but prefer not to become a member then all donations are very gratefully received.

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The 1920 Belvoir Estate Sale

By 1920, the Duke of Rutland estate was facing a severe cash-flow crisis which meant the 8th Duke, Henry John Brinsley Manners, had no option but to sell thousands of acres of his Leicestershire estates.


St Denys's Church Parish Registers

Parish Registers were first used during the reign of Henry VIII when chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, ordered that every wedding, baptism and burial was to be recorded. Sadly, few records exist from this time. 


£25,000 Raid on Lonely Hall

In 1983, two sisters received a nasty shock when one of them disturbed a burglar. Nellie Hadfield, and her sister, Elsie Crossley, kept house for Miss Monica Sheriffe, the then owner of Goadby Hall.

Village Buildings


The village boasts a number of fine houses and quaint cottages as well as the beautiful 13th Century church of St. Denys.

Accuracy of Information

The information on this site is correct to the best of our knowledge. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that transcriptions are as accurate as possible, the documents we are working from are very old and faded, and the writing is in many instances quite difficult to read, so mistakes can occur.

If you think that you have spotted an error in any of the information on the site, we would be grateful if you would let us know so that we can make any necessary corrections.

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