Ab Kettleby

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Ab Kettleby
St James Church Ab Kettleby.jpg
St. James Church
Ab Kettleby is located in Leicestershire
Ab Kettleby
Ab Kettleby
 Ab Kettleby shown within Leicestershire
Population 501 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference SK724230
   – London  96 mi (154 km) SSE 
District Melton
Shire county Leicestershire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LE14
Dialling code 01664
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
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Coordinates: 52°47′59″N 0°55′31″W / 52.799806°N 0.925279°W / 52.799806; -0.925279

Ab Kettleby is a village and civil parish in the Melton district of Leicestershire, England located 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Melton Mowbray, on the A606 road; it has a population of 501.[1]

It is 3 miles (4.8 km) from the border with Nottinghamshire.[citation needed] The village is situated 460 feet (140 m) above sea level.[citation needed] The neighbouring hamlets of Wartnaby and Holwell form part of the civil parish of Ab Kettleby.[citation needed]


A Roman mosaic and pavement were found beneath the present churchyard, indicating the presence of a villa.[2] Ab Kettleby was first recorded in the Domesday Book as Chetelbi.[3] St. James Church has a Norman font, and a memorial to Everard Digby of the Gunpowder Plot. The remains of the villa, and a ditch running from north to south underneath the nave have caused serious structural problems for the church.[citation needed]


The parish has a primary school, a public house named after Sugarloaf Mountain, a community centre, a guest house, a 17th-century manor house, and medieval farmhouses and farm buildings.[citation needed] One of those farms was home to racehorse Desert Orchid for several years.[citation needed]

It also has a village duck pond next to a large horse-chestnut tree and megalithic spring.[citation needed] A public telephone box, once a common sight throughout the UK but now a protected building, has been released to the protection of Ab Kettleby's council.[4]

Within the boundaries of the village is a Holy Well.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Ab Kettleby (Parish)". United Kingdom Census 2001. Office for National Statistics. 28 April 2004. Retrieved 7 June 2007. 
  2. ^ "Roman villa uncovered beneath old church". Melton Times. Johnston Publishing Ltd. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Williams, Ann; G H Martin. Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin. p. 1303. ISBN 978-0-14-143994-5. 
  4. ^ "Current Issues - Red Phone Box". Ab Kettleby Parish Council. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 

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