To reach Frisby there are three turnings off
the main A607 Leicester to Grantham Road. Take any of the turnings
and go down the hill until you reach The Bell Inn. Opposite you will find
the Village Cross. This is the place at which to start your walk.
This was originally a Preaching
Cross, used by the Cistercians or Black Friars from Launde Abbey, and then
became a Market Cross. It dates back to the 13th Century and the carvings
have unfortunately weathered badly. The Cross was sited in the middle of
the street but was recently moved to avoid damage by traffic. The original
site is marked in the road, underneath which has been placed a time capsule
with various artefacts for the interest of future generations. This area
was known as cheap end because of the market which was held there in former
This is now the only pub in
the village and dates back to 1759. The extension at the back which was once
used as a skittle alley, has been updated into an attractive non-smoking restaurant
On the road out of the village
towards Leicester, on the right, you will find what used to be the Village
Institute formed in 1919, now converted to a very pleasant dwelling. Whist
drives, skittles etc. were just a few of the activities that took place
here, before the house was modernised.
At the time of writing,
this house still has a thatched roof (albeit held down by several tyres).
The date 1715 can be seen on the brickwork on the gable end of what used
to be formerly "an academy for young gentlemen" established by a
Mr Gamble from London. The tiny cottage attached to the main house is reputed
to have been the residence of George Davenport, a notorious highwayman,
who was eventually hanged at Red Hill, Birstall in 1797.
Diagonally across the road,
is the only pump left (there are some in cottage gardens) and before the
mains water came to the village in 1958, there were some 43 private pumps
in the village.
cottages on Main Street next to and opposite the pub, apart from having
their thatch replaced by slates, remain virtually unchanged.
Opposite Hollow Lane, is sited
a row of cottages, known as Skinner's Yard, built sideways to the Main
Road. The name dates back from the time when the top cottages were
a butcher's shop and slaughter house owned by Mr Skinner. The shop closed
Along Main Street
The farm on the corner of
Hollow Lane, known as Moss Deeping, is one of the oldest buildings, the
section end onto the road being the oldest part has a particularly
fine ashlar stone work. Next door, Tudor Cottage, has doors set well below
the level of the present road showing how much the level has risen
since it was built. The shop, next to the Old Bakehouse, is one of two
remaining in the village. At the turn of the century there were six or
Hall Orchard Lane
Opposite the shop this is the site of the recent
development built on the site of the old Hall Orchard although the site
of the Old Hall remains a mystery.
foundation stone of the present building was laid in 1885. In 1998 the
chapel was extensively and tastefully refurbished inside to give it a very
airy and pleasant atmosphere.
Old Post Office
This was once the site of
the old smithy, builder's yard , joinery shop and paintshop and its buildings
extended down the road to the corner of Hall Orchard Lane. Until recently the
village Post Office, it has now been converted to a private dwelling.
The lovely Georgian building
opposite the Old Post Office used to be the Black Horse coaching inn until
it closed own in 1974. Notice the false windows bricked in to avoid the
Window Tax imposed in 1777. Before the turnpike road was built in 1810,
all traffic between Melton Mowbray and Leicester used to pass through the
Down Mill Lane
On the corner of Mill
Lane, you may note the outhouses to Yew Tree House which were recently
converted to two dwellings. The large window on the road used to be the
main entrance to the barn. Walking round into Mill Lane, the old cottage
on the right, Sunnyside, was once a market garden and the houses on its
left and behind stand in the original orchard. Both Daisy Cottage and Feuside
Cottage further down on the left, date back to the 18th Century. At the
very end of Mill Lane you will find Mill House which is part of an old
corn mill (the mill race can still be seen under the house). Retrace your
steps and follow the path opposite Magpie Cottage which will lead you to
the 13th Century Church.
St Thomas of Canterbury
Parts of the church date
to between 1200 and 1500 A.D. The interior is well worth a visit. The screens
in the "Children's Corner" were made in 1930 by Mr Cyril Smith who lived
in the village. The chancel screen was donated by A T Foister who used
to live at The Limes, down by the cross, in memory of his child who was
drowned at Syston. In 1981 the organ was moved into the South Isle to make
room for a small Lady Chapel up on the left, the furnishings of which were
mostly made or donated by village inhabitants. On leaving the church, the
footpath passes the Old School building now used by the Frisby Playgroup.
The School was built in 1854, early for a village school. (Notice the plaque
"Feed my lambs" on the side wall.) Opposite is Saddler's Cottage, another
With its thatched roof,
Glebe Cottage is one of the oldest properties and an original farm. Next
door, you will find the Old Vicarage, the core of which is believed to be mediaeval.
It was much extended in 1759 by Rev. William Brecknock Wragg whose initial
can be seen on the stonework above the courtyard. It was he who as vicar
from 1756 to 1796 married couples without the obligatory banns and earned
Frisby the name of "Gretna Green of the Midlands". Across the road is the
old Manor Farm now called Carrfields, another of the original village farms,
rebuilt in 1790. The bricklayers involved had to dig his own clay, make
his own bricks and was paid 14s per 1000.
Following the foothpath
to the left you will find what is called Butt Hole, because of the archery
practice that used to take place here in mediaeval times (from the archery
butts). The arches in the wall were constructed to support the wall in
low lying land. There used to be three thatched cottages on the site until
At the end of Wellfield
Lane, you can see the railway crossing. Frisby Station used to be sited
until 1961next to where the signal box and the ticket office was opposite.
Turning left into Water Lane, Gables Farm can be seen opposite the Village
Hall and behind it an old Malt House which has recently been restored into
a private dwelling. It is said to be 400 and has some very interesting
timbers. These two dwellings are off the road but well worth a peep.
hope that you have enjoyed this stroll around the village
and suggest that, after you have completed it,
you should return to the Bell Inn for a well-deserved