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St. James Church
Ab Kettleby shown within Leicestershire
|Population||501 (2001 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|– London||96 mi (154 km) SSE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||MELTON MOWBRAY|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
It is 3 miles (4.8 km) from the border with Nottinghamshire. The village is situated 460 feet (140 m) above sea level. The neighbouring hamlets of Wartnaby and Holwell form part of the civil parish of Ab Kettleby.
A Roman mosaic and pavement were found beneath the present churchyard, indicating the presence of a villa. Ab Kettleby was first recorded in the Domesday Book as Chetelbi. 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.
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. One of those farms was home to racehorse Desert Orchid for several years.
It also has a village duck pond next to a large horse-chestnut tree and megalithic spring. 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.
Within the boundaries of the village is a Holy Well.
- "Ab Kettleby (Parish)". United Kingdom Census 2001. Office for National Statistics. 28 April 2004. Retrieved 7 June 2007.
- "Roman villa uncovered beneath old church". Melton Times. Johnston Publishing Ltd. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
- Williams, Ann; G H Martin. Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin. p. 1303. ISBN 978-0-14-143994-5.
- "Current Issues - Red Phone Box". Ab Kettleby Parish Council. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
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