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The Groby Book Current Editor: Alison Coates
A Celebration : Groby Church and Village (St Philip & St James' Church, Groby) Audrey Gadsden
Bradgate and its Villages David Ramsey
My Truth Lies in the Ruins and The Shadow of My Truth Rev. Deborah Richmond Foulkes


THE GROBY BOOK is a book about the village of Groby.  It was intended to develop it gradually as articles were contributed by everyone who had anything to offer, and for this reason it is presented in loose-leaf form, and additions can be made as they are written.  Some chapters may be rewritten and substituted for earlier and less complete works.  Short articles or even anecdotes would be much appreciated.  The copyright is retained by the writer for each section.

Year 2000  The Groby Book was started in the 1960s and a handful of copies are available in Groby library and local schools.  It is now felt that we should make it available to a wider range of Groby people and where possible, bring it up to date.  It is now being retyped ready for publication and sale.


A Celebration : Groby Church and Village (St Philip & St James' Church, Groby)


Anyone considering building a modest extension to their house knows that £25,000 won't go far. Which makes it all the more remarkable that - in 1840 - St Philip & St James' Parish Church in Groby cost just £2,169 four shillings and eleven pence to build. And that included five bells and a clock!

This snippet of information is included in the marvellous book: "A Celebration : Groby Church and Village : St Philip & St James' Church, Groby" - published in 1990 - to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the church. The book, edited by Audrey Gadsden, has sections on Groby Church, The Current Church Groups, Education in Groby, Leisure and Social Activities, The Caring Village, The Social Scene and Memories of Old Groby.

There's an interesting article about Ted Hollick's Groby Flyer, and how it came to be a regular feature of village life. The front cover of the Autumn 1989 edition - a photo of which appears in the book - includes articles on the A46 Western Bypass and Groby Allotment Society. Just to prove that nothing much changes, both topics appeared on the front cover of Dec '04 issue of the Spotlight Magazine!

"A Celebration : Groby Church and Village : St Philip & St James' Church, Groby" is available for loan from Groby Library (four copies in stock).

(information kindly supplied by the Spotlight Magazine)

Bradgate and its Villages by David Ramsey (e-mail

Book Five in the Bradgate and its villages series -


The Surnames, Occupations and early working practices within the Bradgate Area of Leicestershire 1296 - 1890.




Other Books in the Series:


Book One: 'A Time line ……Old John', is a diary of events which affected the Park from 1066 to 1928 when the Park was presented to the people of the City and County of Leicester. The sporting activities and the building of Old John tower are also covered. (56 pages) Revised December 2002. Price £3.95 + 80p p&p.

Book 2: 'Breakfast at Bradgate', draws on the weekly recordings of purchases and payments made by kitchen staff at Bradgate House during the years 1679 – 1681 and by so doing the reader gains an insight of how life was lived in the late 17th century. It is even possible to count the number of visitors by counting the incomings and oats drawn for visitors horses (96 pages). Price £3.95 + 80p p&p

Book 3: 'Was there a Village called Bradgate', draws on both State Papers and archive documents still held by of the descendents of the Earls of Stamford. Bradgate did support a tiny village by that name and curiously the village moved! From Hallgates, to a point south of the present day Cropston reservoir and finally to Field Head, close to Markfield. (Glossy cover & coloured photographs 80 pages) Price £4.95 + 80p p&p.
00 Book 4. Newtown Linford Notes and The Leicestershire Slate Industry. Takes a close look at the early slate industry within Newtown and Groby Parishes and how the early Newtown settlers slowly developed the land and houses along the Main Street. The Swithland Woods quarries adjacent to Bradgate Park are identified with the groups who worked the quarries until their closure in the 1880’s and for family historians the surnames of the Newtown Parish families are brought together in chronological order for the period 1327 -1837. Price £6.95 + 80p p&p. Enquiries for any of the above books may be made to the author David A. Ramsey.

My Truth Lies in the Ruins by Rev. Deborah Richmond Foulkes (e-mail )

This book is about Deborah's ancestors, the Douglases and Lovaines, parts of which cross through Groby's medieval history...William le Hardi Douglas (the first noble to support William Wallace in 1297) and his wife, Eleanora Lovaine...visited there as husband and wife in 1290. She was first married to William de Ferrers who held Groby manor and many other manors in Essex and Scotland at that time; as the widow of de Ferrers in 1287 she went to Scotland in search of her rents of dower and fell in love with the Scottish knight, marrying him in 1288 (without the king's license!). And so the story goes...

Enquiries about this book may be made to the author Rev. Deborah Richmond Foulkes, or visit the web site at (also available on )


The Shadow of My Truth by Rev. Deborah Richmond Foulkes
The Shadow of My Truth is the second book in the Douglas Trilogy; the sequel to 'Braveheart' it spans the years of 1302 to 1330. Eleanora Lovaine fashioned herself as Eleanora de Ferrers in the early 14th century, dropping her married name of Douglas for the unpopular political overtones it brought to her and her family. She used instead the surname of her first husband, William de Ferrers of Groby. Her second husband was the Scottish Patriot imprisoned and executed in the Tower of London for treason in 1298 and she had returned to live in England on her de Ferrers dower lands. During these dangerous times the widow stalwartly continued her journeys north to collect her rents and fees in Scotland; stopping at Groby along the way. Lady Eleanora was also the stepmother of James the Black Douglas and Archibald, later the Regent of Scotland; both sons were raised in England; frequent visitors to Groby. An interesting tale of the conspiracy to assassinate Robert the Brus, King of Scots in 1320 is included in the book and has ties to William de Ferrers and Groby. Eleanora Lovaine de Ferrers uncovered the plot and informed her sons, loyal lieutenants of Robert the Brus. The Black Parliament of August 1320 followed with many English knights and lords beheaded in Scotland. William de Ferrers, stepson of Eleanora Lovaine de Ferrers escaped sentencing but was the single largest land holder in all of Scotland to lose his lands during the reign of Robert the Brus.

Enquiries about both book may be made to the author Rev. Deborah Richmond Foulkes, or visit the web site at (also available on )