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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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Fields and Farming

Goadby Marwood was almost entirely an agricultural community up until the mid to late-19th Century when ironstone began to be quarried in the area. In the medieval period, the village existed to produce food with the villagers working the land in individual strips.

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Goadby Estate Map of 1715


In 1715, Thomas Crane conducted a survey of lands and tenants on behalf of Samuel Lowe, Lord of the Manor of Goadby Marwood at the time. The map shows that a number of village properties that we recognise today may date back to at least 1715.

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The Life of Miss Monica Sheriffe

'Miss Mon’ as she was known to villagers, was born at Wyndham Lodge in Melton Mowbray in 1903. She lived a long and remarkable life that spanned the roaring 20s and the tumult of WWII. She lived at Goadby Hall until her death in 1999 at the age of 96.

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Village Buildings

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

Latest Site Additions September 2023

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Recent Additions You Might Have Missed

     a newspaper article from 1977

  • Nancy Needham - 

     The End of a Remarkable Story

Projects in the Works​​

  • Churchyard Survey

  • The 1871 Census

  • The 1881 Census

  • The 1921 Census

  • Goadby Wills

  • Field Names

  • A Letter from Dr Walter Manners

  • The Manor

  • 14th Century Poll Taxes


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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