Ashby St Ledgers  Northamptonshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Ashby St Ledgers like this:

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.

Ashby St Ledgers through time

Ashby St Ledgers is now part of Daventry district. Click here for graphs and data of how Daventry has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Ashby St Ledgers itself, go to Units and Statistics.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ashby St Ledgers, in Daventry and Northamptonshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 07th March 2021

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