There are five publications related to Hoby and District Local History:

Publication History of Hoby  “A History of Hoby”

by John Farrer. Published 1980
Currently out of print but should be available from the library.

A transcription is available here.

Snapshot at the Millennium  “A Snapshot at the Millennium Essays and Images: Hoby, Rotherby, Ragdale and Brooksby”.

Published in 2000 as part of the millennium celebrations.
This book depicts a small part of rural Leicestershire at the end of the 20th century – how it looks, what is happening, what people think of the present and hope or fear for the future. It is probably typical of hundreds of English villages.
We hope it may be of interest now to anybody concerned with the English countryside; in the future, perhaps, to those who wonder how we lived then.

Copy of publication : For King & Country -Hoby remembers those who served in the First World War“FOR KING & COUNTRY-Hoby Remembers Those Who served in the First World War”

Published in August 2014 as part of the Hoby’s First World War commemoration.

In 1919 the residents of Hoby, in Leicestershire, formed a committee to raise money to provide a memorial to those men from the village who lost their lives in the First World War. This memorial stone is still attached to the north wall of All Saints Church. In 2013 the village formed another committee to raise money to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. One hundred years after the men and boys from Hoby left their families to go to war our memorial to them is this book, produced so they will not be forgotten.

Download a copy here: FOR KING & COUNTRY   (7mb)


Published in May 2016 as part of the Brooksby Jutland commemoration.

Download a copy here: Jutland Remembered  (2.2mb)


Published in April 2017 as part of the Hoby’s First World War commemoration.

From 23rd to 25th May 2015, as part of Hoby’s First World War commemorations, an exhibition called Forget Me Not was staged in All Saints Church Hoby. It honoured the role that the ancestors of Hoby residents and members of the Hoby & District Local History Society played in the First World War. Family archives were scoured, war time memorabilia dusted off, relatives interviewed and their ancestors’ stories told by their sons, daughters, grandchildren, great grandchild, great nieces and great nephews, were produced. The details relating to each ancestor also published here.

The book has been distributed to all the contributing members and families and is available in the local library and records office.

This book is a record of the Forget Me Not exhibition.