the cobley family history
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from Post Office Directory for Leicestershire 1876

All Saints, Dunton Bassett, Leicestershire

"The church of All Saints is a handsome building, concisting of chancel, nave and north aisle, in which still exists the piscina near the altar to what would have been formerly the Lady Chapel: the Church has a tower and lofty spire: there are 3 bells. The register dates from 1653. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £80, with residence, in the gift of T. T. Paget, esq., and held by the Rev. Lewis Wood."

It is said that Geva, daughter of Hugh, Earl of Chester, had the church built shortly after she inherited the manor of Dunton on her father's death in 1181. The nave and north aisle, the Lady chapel at the east end of the north aisle, the arch leading from the north aisle to the Lady Chapel and a number of windows all date from the thirteenth century.

The belfrey has three bells dated 1619, 1621 and 1711. The pillars of the arcade are deeply scored by the sharpening of tools or weapons, tradition has it that they were made by Roundhead troops, sharpening their swords after the battle of Naseby in 1645.

Earliest Cobley event:

John James Cobley
baptised 8 September 1864