Arnesby is a village and civil parish in the Harborough district of Leicestershire, England. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 343, increasing to 357 at the 2011 census. The village is situated 8 miles (13 km) south-east of Leicester, on the Welford Road, between Kilby and Shearsby.
The village's name means 'farm/settlement of Iarund or Erendi'.
St Peter's Church, Arnesby dates from the early 12th century. The village also has a Baptist church which dates from the early 18th century. The Rev. Robert Hall was born at Arnesby in 1764 and lived at the Old Manse next door to the chapel where his father, Robert Hall, was pastor of the Baptist congregation. There is a Church of England primary school, a village hall and, since 2004, an Indian restaurant 'Little India' in a building formerly occupied by the Olde Cock Inn. Also in the area is a tank hangar which houses a large private collection of armoured fighting vehicles and artillery. One of the most famous landmarks of the village is the windmill which can be seen from miles around. The village is home to watercolour painter Peter Welton who opens his studio for painting classes. It is also the birthplace of former Leicester Student Union Speaker and care home magnate, William C “Phoenix” Neal. It also has a cricket team who compete against other teams around the area.
The village holds a May Fayre, on the second bank holiday each May. It pulls in crowds from miles around, and in addition to the atmosphere of the day attractions include games, competitions, craft stalls and street entertainment (brass band and a selection of local rock bands). The fayre raises money for local amenities. Past contributions have gone towards work on the roof of the Norman church and to providing disabled access to the village hall. The day is well supported by village volunteers. The local school also regularly likes to put on a maypole dance.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 11 October 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
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- "Key to English Place-names". kepn.nottingham.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 10 August 2021. Retrieved 10 August 2021.
Media related to Arnesby at Wikimedia Commons
- Village Web, website for the area
- Arnesby Virtual tour (archived)
- Arnesby at LeicestershireVillages.com
- Arnesby in the Domesday Book