Ashby St Ledgers, Northamptonshire Family History Guide

Ashby St Ledgers is an Ancient Parish in the county of Northamptonshire.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1554
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1706

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational

Adjacent Parishes

  • Braunston
  • Barby
  • Watford
  • Kilsby
  • Welton

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ASHBY-ST. LEDGERS, a parish in Daventry district, Northampton; near Watling-street and the Oxford and Grand Junction canals, 2 miles W of Crick r. station, and 4 N of Daventry. It has a post office under Rugby. Acres, 2,050. Real property, £3,605. Pop., 300. Houses, 63. The distinctive name St. Ledgers is taken from the patron saint of the church. Ashby Manor-house, a substantial old mansion, belonged to the Catesbys, passed to the Jansons, and is now the property of W. Senhouse, Esq.; and a small room in one of its offices was the place where Robert Catesby and his fellow conspirators concocted the gunpowder plot. Ashby Lodge is another chief residence. The parish is a meet of the Pytchley hounds. The endowed charities in it amount to £44. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough. Value, £130. Patron, W. Senhouse, Esq. The church is an edifice of nave and aisles, with tower and spire; has screen, rood-loft, and three piscinas; and contains an altar-tomb of William Catesby and his wife, of date 1493. This Catesby was the favourite of Richard III., fought for him at the battle of Bosworth, and was captured there and beheaded at Leicester; and he is "the cat" of the trinmvirate while Richard Ratcliffe is "the rat," Lord Lovel "the dog," and Richard III. "the hog," in allusion to his crest of the boar-named in the satirical distich

The rat and the cat, and Lovel the dog,
Do govern all England under the hog.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


Kelly Post Office Directory of Northamptonshire 1869 - Google Books

Kelly Post Office Directory of Northamptonshire 1885 -


County: Northamptonshire
Civil Registration District: Daventry
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Northampton
Diocese: Peterborough
Rural Deanery: Daventry
Poor Law Union: Daventry
Hundred: Fawsley
Province: Canterbury